2019 Arc of Justice Fellowship

Wage

$5,000

Hours per week

40 hrs/per week for 10 weeks

Published

10/23/2018

Application Deadline

01/01/2019

Start Date

05/28/2019

End Date

08/02/2019

Address

131 Steuart Street, Suite 300
San Francisco
CA
94105-1241
United States

Description

Arc of Justice 2019 Summer Fellowship

Fellowship Summary

Public Advocates Inc. and the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) are proud to announce the fourth annual Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship opportunity for law students committed to pursuing careers in public interest law. The Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship is a collaboration between Public Advocates and CHBA to improve the representation and advocacy on behalf of communities of color throughout California - and African American communities, in particular. This Arc of Justice Fellow will spend the summer clerking at Public Advocates with dedicated support from CHBA.


The Fellow will leverage Public Advocates’ and CHBA’s networks and professional development resources and will be exposed to public interest practitioners representing a wide variety of legal fields. In addition, the Fellow will establish a meaningful connection with other summer law clerks and attorneys at other public interest legal organizations, minority bar associations, government agencies, and private law firms or corporations.

Since 2016, PA and CHBA have selected Arc of Justice Summer Fellows from Michigan, UC Hastings, and Howard University law schools to clerk on our Education Equity and Metropolitan Equity teams. The Fellows have engaged in local, regional and state policy work on behalf of students, transit riders and residents of color—particularly African American communities. The Fellows were also warmly welcomed into the CHBA network, building meaningful relationships with high-caliber Bay Area attorneys over networking and social events.


The ten week-long Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship comes with a $3,000 stipend, in addition to a Public Advocates’ $2,000 living allowance. In order to promote diversity in public interest law, it is our intention that this stipend supplement, rather than offset, other funding sources.


Fellowship Partners

Public Advocates is a nonprofit civil rights and advocacy organization dedicated to challenging the systemic causes of poverty and discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing, and transit equity. Public Advocates focuses on strategic policy reform, collaboration with grassroots groups representing people with low income, people of color and immigrants, communication, and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971.

CHBA is a nonprofit organization comprised of lawyers, judges and law students throughout Northern California, and operates as an affiliate member of the National Bar Association and the California Association of Black Lawyers. CHBA is committed to working within the African American community to facilitate access to the justice system and to promote equal protection under the law, since 1955.


Fellowship at Public Advocates

Our Legal Clerkship Program exposes students to the diverse strategies of our impact work in an environment geared to their development as future lawyers committed to the public interest. Law clerks are assigned to a supervising attorney on one of our two teams (Education Equity and Metropolitan Equity) who has primary responsibility for giving constructive feedback in a positive learning environment. Public Advocates works to ensure that clerks have assignments that address a variety of skills and issue areas. We engage students in a wide range of our work to promote equity and systemic change including: legislative, administrative and policy advocacy; coalition work with grassroots organizations; and media and communications. Clerks have assisted in drafting legal correspondence with school districts, city councils, and regional and state agencies; met with policy makers, organized public meetings and trainings, conducted cutting-edge policy research and helped to build and strengthen relationships with various coalition partners. When applicable, we have involved our law clerks to support our civil rights impact litigation from development through trial and appeal.


In addition, the Legal Clerkship Program includes a number of substantive brown bag sessions, visits to legislative and state agency meetings in Sacramento, team-building events, meetings with community partners, and other activities intended to complement the day-to-day work of our law clerks.


In addition to this role as a clerk, the Arc of Justice Fellow will also have access to a CHBA mentor—assigned based on shared interests, experience, and/or backgrounds. The Fellow is invited to participate in CHBA summer professional development and networking events.


Qualifications

 

Public Advocates and CHBA are seeking a law student with a demonstrated commitment to:

  • Promoting diversity in the legal field, such as through membership in a relevant bar association or law school affinity group.
  • Pursuing a career in public interest law and/or policy.
  • Serving low-income communities, communities of color, and/or immigrant communities—particularly the African American community.

We expect the Arc Fellow to work full-time for 10 weeks in Public Advocates’ San Francisco office.


Application Instructions:

Applicants should provide a one- to two-page cover letter explaining:

  • Qualifications (see above, and please do not simply recap your résumé); and
  • Specific program area of interest, if applicable (Education Equity or Housing and Transportation Justice).

In addition, include a résumé, writing sample, and list of references. Please send your materials to: Public Advocates' Legal Clerkship Program, at fellowship@publicadvocates.org, and Andrew Houston, CHBA Immediate Past President, at pastpresident@charleshoustonbar.org.


We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, and we hope to have the fellow selected by the end of January. If you are applying for the Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship, please do not submit a separate summer clerkship application.


Public Advocates and CHBA are committed to fostering a diverse staff and diversity in the legal profession. We encourage all interested individuals to apply, especially: people of color; women; people from low income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; or anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category.



How To Apply

lawclerks@publicadvocates.org
https://www.publicadvocates.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/spring-and-summer-2019-law-clerks/

Applicants should provide a one- to two-page cover letter explaining:

  • Qualifications (see above, and please do not simply recap your résumé); and
  • Specific program area of interest, if applicable (Education Equity or Housing and Transportation Justice).

In addition, include a résumé, writing sample, and list of references. Please send your materials to: Public Advocates' Legal Clerkship Program, at fellowship@publicadvocates.org, and Andrew Houston, CHBA Immediate Past President, at pastpresident@charleshoustonbar.org.



We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, and we hope to have the fellow selected by the end of January. If you are applying for the Arc of Justice Summer Fellowship, please do not submit a separate summer clerkship application.


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