Program posted by: Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
Posted on: March 27, 2013
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, seeks law students and recent law graduates to sponsor for post-graduate legal fellowships such as the Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros and law school funded fellowships beginning in fall 2013. Qualified law students and recent law graduates interested in applying for a fellowship with APALC are invited to submit a brief project proposal and application by Monday, June 10, 2013.
APALC seeks project proposals that will primarily use impact litigation, policy advocacy, and/or direct client services to serve our community's legal needs and create opportunities for client empowerment and leadership development. The project proposal should incorporate impact litigation, policy advocacy, coalition-building, community outreach and/or direct services as appropriate. Suggested project focus areas include low-wage workers' rights, immigrants' rights, racial justice, language rights, consumer rights, youth and education rights, human trafficking, racial profiling and family law, and we encourage projects that focus on serving underrepresented Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Candidates may also propose project ideas in other substantive areas.
Now in its 30th year, APALC is the largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA/NHPI) civil rights organization in the country, and engages in direct legal services, policy advocacy, impact litigation and leadership development for and on behalf of AA/NHPI communities in Southern California. APALC is affiliated with the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C., the Asian American Institute in Chicago, and the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco.
APALC's litigation efforts have included the successful representation in federal litigation of 80 Thai garment workers enslaved in El Monte, California against the manufacturers and retailers for whom they sewed; representation of African American, Latino and Pilipino applicants to UC Berkeley for discrimination in admissions; representation of Hmong and Pilipino workers for discrimination in the workplace; representation of individuals and organizations challenging the constitutionality of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and representation of monolingual consumers who were defrauded in the purchase of goods and services.
APALC has also been providing direct services with a focus on housing, immigration and family law services. In particular, APALC has made a commitment to assist low-income, limited English proficient domestic violence survivors, and has assisted over 15,000 domestic violence survivors with family law and immigration services during its history.
Candidates should be third-year law students or judicial clerks with a strong and demonstrated commitment to public interest law, social, economic, and racial justice and community empowerment. Applicants must either be admitted to the California bar or be sitting for the July 2013 or February 2014 California bar examination. In addition, language ability in an Asian language and/or Spanish is preferred but not required (except for projects primarily focused on direct client services, where language ability is required).
Applications must be received by June 10, 2013. Applications received by June 10, 2013, will be given first priority; after June 10, we will review applications on a rolling basis if applications received before the deadline do not move forward. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter describing the candidate's interests and relevant experience, a resume, references, and a brief description of a project proposal that discusses the potential activities and goals (max. 1,000 words).
Applications may be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
Asian Pacific American Legal Center
1145 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
APALC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.