The Appellate Section represents the United States in both civil and criminal civil rights cases in the federal courts of appeals. Many of the Section's cases are appeals from district court judgments in cases originally handled by the Division's trial sections, and the Section works cooperatively with the trial sections in those cases. The Appellate Section also monitors federal civil rights cases in which the United States is not a party. If a private case involves developing or problematic areas of civil rights law or involves an issue that may significantly affect the Division's enforcement responsibilities, the Section may file a brief as amicus curiae setting forth the government's position. In addition, the Section works with the Solicitor General's Office in developing the government's position in Supreme Court cases involving civil rights issues. The Section also provides legal counsel to other components of the Division and of the Department on issues affecting civil rights enforcement.
The Appellate Section will hire at least one or two volunteer interns for summer 2014. Rising second and third-year law students who can commit to working full-time for a minimum of eight weeks are eligible to apply. The Section is particularly interested in candidates who have excellent research and writing and skills; a strong interest in appellate litigation; and the ability to work independently. Among other things, volunteer interns may be asked to (1) conduct legal research and draft memoranda on constitutional, civil rights, and general litigation issues; (2) help attorneys prepare for oral arguments, including participating in moot courts; (3) research and compile legislative histories; and (4) help proofread and cite-check appellate briefs and prepare record materials to be filed in court.