The Epilepsy Foundation is the national voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the 3.4 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure. Since 2004 it has had a legal defense fund, Jeanne A Carpenter Legal Defense Fund, which provides information and advocacy assistance to people with epilepsy, lawyers and others advocating in behalf of people affected.

The Epilepsy Foundation welcomes applicants for the position of Legal Fellow to work for the Director of Legal Advocacy. The ideal candidate will be available a minimum of 14 hours per week during the school year and full time during the summer. The position is unpaid, but students may receive credit for their hours.

The Legal Fellow will assist with the following:

  • Provide legal information to consumers with legal rights questions
  • Engage in a variety of research and writing projects related to civil rights, health care policy, legislative advocacy, disability rights, and employment issues
  • Assist attorneys, the Foundation’s chapters and affiliate network and advocates in handling cases involving discrimination and epilepsy
  • They may be asked to assist in the preparation of amicus briefs, draft educational materials on disability rights issues, track new developments in the law, and develop other informational resources for the Defense Fund’s web site and publications.

Applicants should email a cover letter with a resume and brief writing sample (3- 5 pages of legal or legislative analysis) to recruitment@efa.org. For more information about what we do, please visit the Epilepsy Foundation at www.epilepsy.com. EOE