Volunteer Opportunities

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The ACLU of Washington is a nonprofit organization devoted to defending and extending civil rights and civil liberties.  Current job openings and internships in our Seattle office are listed on our Careers page.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the ACLU of Washington. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we have received in recent months.
 
Right now, we are receiving applications for volunteer attorneys. ACLU-WA has long worked with volunteer attorneys to help protect and promote civil liberties throughout the state.  As our annual report poster says, “We are in this together.”  The particular type of work available at any given time for volunteer/cooperating attorneys varies quite a bit, but may include trial-level and appellate litigation, policy advocacy, research and consulting projects, legislation and ordinance issues, speaking at CLEs or at know-your-rights events, drafting publications, and more.  
 
If you are interested in volunteering as an attorney, please fill out the application form here. Due to the high volume of applications, it could be some time before you hear from us.
 
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and are committed to race equity in all aspects of our work. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction. We do not conduct criminal background checks on our candidates.

Please also consider donating your time to other organizations in your area that directly serve people who face discrimination and unequal treatment. In addition to applying for specific positions and projects, here are the most effective ways to lend a hand:

  • Become a card-carrying member and spread the word about membership to friends and family.
  • Take Action! Sign up for our E-mail Activist Network to receive timely alerts on issues.
  • People Power is a great way to be involved right now. This is a grassroots initiative designed to encourage people to engage in direct advocacy on civil rights and civil liberties issues in their communities.
  • Participate in ACLU-WA events, including Flights and Rights, where you’ll hear about current civil rights issues from us and other allies.
  • Like us on Facebook.
  • Follow us on Twitter.