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Pro Bono Opportunity: Administrative Conference of the United States

The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) is a federal agency charged with improving administrative procedure throughout the executive branch.

ACUS is currently seeking applications for pro bono volunteers, to commit at least five hours throughout the course of the semester (fall 2020 or spring 2021). The opportunity will be on a virtual-only basis for the foreseeable future.

Volunteers will be assigned, taking their preferences into account, a discrete research project that will further ACUS’s mission of promoting efficiency, participation, and fairness in the promulgation of federal regulations and in the administration of federal programs. Previous legal volunteers for ACUS have worked on legal memoranda analyzing a range of administrative law questions, from the legal implications of federal agencies’ use of artificial intelligence in rulemaking and adjudication to agencies’ statutory authority to engage in public-private partnerships.

This is an outstanding pro bono opportunity for anybody interested in administrative law generally, public policy, or technology and the law.

In addition to this pro bono opportunity, ACUS is soliciting applications for summer 2021 legal internships. These are full time, unpaid positions. If you are interested in applying for a summer 2021 legal internship, in addition to this pro bono opportunity, please include a statement to that effect within your statement of interest (see below).

Application Requirements 

ACUS seeks applications from all current 2Ls and 3Ls and those pursuing an LLM or other advanced law degree.

They look for outstanding research and writing abilities and an interest in administrative law. To apply, please submit a resume; unofficial transcript; writing sample no longer than ten pages; and a brief statement indicating why you are interested in this pro bono opportunity, whether you prefer fall 2020 or spring 2021, and the approximate number of hours you can commit. These materials should be emailed to Attorney Advisor Todd Rubin at trubin@acus.gov.