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Job Opportunity: Equal Justice Works (EJW) Law Fellowship up to 24-month term with the nonprofit Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE), Detroit, MI, c2be.org, as the Host Organization.

Fellowship Compensation: $57,000/year. Fellowship benefits include LRAP (education loan forgiveness program for public interest work), alumni network, fellow advisor and conferences events.

Application Due Date:  Applications will need to be submitted to Equal Justice Works by September, 2022, but since the application requires a collaborative submission between the applicant and C2BE as the host organization, applicants should reach out to C2BE as soon as possible, but no later than July 2022.

Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE):  C2BE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a sustainable, more equitable and inclusive living-wage local economy, by developing a cooperating network of worker-owned businesses and increasing the number of worker owners throughout Metro Detroit, and especially in underserved neighborhoods, to both build community wealth and overcome income inequality.

We work in two main areas: (1) providing technical assistance to community-based entrepreneurs who want to start or have an existing businesses and who wish to develop the business as a cooperative, worker-owned enterprise; and (2) working with owners of existing businesses who wish to sell their businesses to their employees. 

Given the "Silver Tsunami," i.e., the wave of baby-boomers who own small to medium-sized businesses and will be retiring within the next 10-15 years, there is a tremendous opportunity to create cooperative, worker-owned businesses. The conversion work is primarily transactional, but almost all of our client businesses require legal help in structuring their companies to fit the worker-ownership business model that bests fits their needs – i.e., Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs) or more traditional worker cooperatives. We also provide assistance in the more economically-focused areas of business development, either directly through our limited staff, or with economic development partners

“Client Population” and “Focus”:  The “Focus” of this position is to enable, develop and support worker ownership and a network of such companies particularly among, people of color, low or moderate income or those returning from incarceration in Detroit and Southeast Michigan, whether start-ups or existing businesses interested in converting to worker ownership. (“Client Population”).

Job Responsibilities:  The Fellow will perform the following work under the supervision of C2BE’s executive director and senior attorneys in service to the “Client Population,” including but not limited to:

  • Provide legal advice on entity type, legal compliance and drafting governance, transactional and similar documents for neighborhood start-up businesses and existing businesses converting to worker ownership;
  • Learn to employ various types of worker ownership methods that best suit the project’s circumstances;
  • Research, curate, draft and publish educational resources and template documents to assist the Client Population on Focus areas;
  • Develop materials for and provide worker ownership rights, responsibilities and participation education for worker-owned companies employing or seeking to employ Client Population;
  • Host outreach events to seek out Focus projects and Client Population participation;
  • Participate in due diligence and research to locate appropriate target companies;
  • Conduct educational and training sessions in the community and in collaboration with local business incubators, economic development, and community organizations;
  • Facilitate community events to share best practice and problem solving;
  • Advocate policy development to support worker ownership.

Job Requirements:  You must have graduated from an Equal Justice Works Member Law School before September 2023 with a J.D. or LL.M. You may not have held a full-time (more than 30 hours/week), permanent, public interest lawyer position previously, though applicants coming from bridge/gap fellowships or clerkships are eligible. Experienced private sector lawyers who have demonstrated a commitment to public interest law and have the relevant skills and initiative to carry out the goals of the project are encouraged to apply. Candidates may not have participated previously in any major fellowship program such as the Skadden Fellowship Program, Echoing Green Fellowship, Soros Justice Fellowship, etc. 

Working with C2BE also requires that the applicant be interested in working to build community wealth and overcoming income inequality in Metro Detroit. Legal knowledge or business experience in the areas of business formation, business transactions, securities, corporate structures, intellectual property, cooperative and/or labor law area plus. Bar admission in Michigan will be needed, if not admitted in Michigan, admission but can be obtained during the application process.

Term: September 2023 - August 2025

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $57,000/year

Required work authorization:  United States

How To Apply:  As the Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship application process requires coordination between the applicant and the host organization, anyone interested in applying should contact C2BE as early as possible by emailing Michael Friedman at mjfriedman@c2be.org to discuss more about C2BE, your interests and skill sets, and how to work with C2BE to design your Fellowship project.

Those interested in applying should also go to the Equal Justice Works website -- https://www.equaljusticeworks.org/become-a-fellow/ -- to read about the application process (click on “Design You Own Fellowship” and then on the “Fellowship Applicant Guide”).  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Michael Friedman.

In addition to filling out the application form provided by EJW, the applicant will also need to provide: a resume, and 2 professional references

Application Deadline:  The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted to EJW by September 2022.  However, as the application must include information about the jointly developed project you will be working on with C2BE, it is recommended that those interested in applying reach out to C2BE as soon as possible, and no later than July 2022. 

 

Job Opportunity: Equal Justice Works (EJW) Law Fellowship up to 24-month term with the nonprofit Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE), Detroit, MI, c2be.org, as the Host Organization.

Fellowship Compensation: $57,000/year. Fellowship…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    September 1, 2023
  • End Date
    August 31, 2025
  • Application Deadline
    July 20, 2022
  • Payment
    Stipend
  • Stipend / Wage
    $57,000 per year
  • Hours Per Week
    40 hours per week

Benefits

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow you will be part of a national network of talented lawyers, be able to attend meetings and conferences sponsored by the Equal justice Works Foundation. Working in Detroit, a majority minority city, you will be able to the chide meaningful work that seeks to build community wealth and challenge income inequality by building networks of worker-owned businesses through models that provide both agency and profit-based income to all employees. C2BE will work to provide meaningful mentorship, limited benefits, challenging work, and its staff will help you integrate into both the local communities and supportive ecosystems in which we work.

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow you will be part of a national network of talented lawyers, be able to attend meetings and conferences sponsored by the Equal justice Works…

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Instructions:

How To Apply:  As the Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship application process requires coordination between the applicant and the host organization, anyone interested in applying should contact C2BE as early as possible by emailing Michael Friedman at mjfriedman@c2be.org to discuss more about C2BE, your interests and skill sets, and how to work with C2BE to design your Fellowship project.

Those interested in applying should also go to the Equal Justice Works website -- https://www.equaljusticeworks.org/become-a-fellow/ -- to read about the application process (click on “Design You Own Fellowship” and then on the “Fellowship Applicant Guide”).  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Michael Friedman.

In addition to filling out the application form provided by EJW, the applicant will also need to provide: a resume, and 2 professional references

Application Deadline:  The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted to EJW by September 2022.  However, as the application must include information about the jointly developed project you will be working on with C2BE, it is recommended that those interested in applying reach out to C2BE as soon as possible, and no later than July 2022. 

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Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Detroit, MI
Associated Location
4605 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Suite 201

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