Race and Juvenile Justice Fellow

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Full Time


Minimum: $56,000.00
Maximum: $58,000.00



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Suite 127
District of Columbia
United States


About the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative

As one of the first legal clinics of its kind, the Georgetown Law Juvenile Justice Clinic

continues to be one of the premier law school clinics in the country. The Juvenile Justice

Clinic is a law school program in which students represent youth charged with misdemeanor

and felony crimes in the District of Columbia under close faculty supervision. The Clinic

provides highly effective representation to their clients by protecting the youth's rights in the

juvenile justice system and working to improve the youth's chances of becoming a productive


The Clinic recently launched the Juvenile Justice Initiative to raise the level of practice

among juvenile defenders in the Mid-Atlantic region and to advocate for policy reform in the

juvenile justice system locally and nationally. The Juvenile Justice Initiative has focused

much of its work on racial justice reform. Key events during the last few years have included

coordinating an assessment of the DC indigent juvenile defense delivery system, convening

an important symposium on race and juvenile justice, and training defenders and other

juvenile justice stakeholders on strategies for identifying and correcting racial bias.

About the Race and Juvenile Justice Fellowship

The Race and Juvenile Justice Fellowship is a newly created position designed to

enhance the racial justice advocacy of the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative (GJJI). The

Fellow will work with GJJI staff to improve the systems youth encounter through policy

reform and to develop resources to raise the level of practice among juvenile defenders across

the country.

The Race and Juvenile Justice Fellowship will combine elements of legal research,

community outreach and policy advocacy. The fellow will be supervised by Clinic Director

Kristin Henning and Policy Director Eduardo Ferrer.

Primary Responsibilities:

Because the Race and Juvenile Justice Fellow is a new position, we expect that the

Fellow’s responsibilities will evolve over time, but will likely include:

• Work with GJJI and the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) to develop

and implement a racial justice toolkit for defenders to empower juvenile

defenders with empirical research, sample motions and other resources to raise

racial justice arguments on behalf of their clients.

• Work with GJJI and NJDC staff to launch Ambassadors for Racial Justice (ARJ), a

pilot program for defenders of color particularly interested in challenging racial

injustice in the juvenile justice system. ARJ is designed to encourage participants to

pursue a career in juvenile defense and to provide support and mentorship to these

defenders once they enter the profession. Youth in the justice system face significant

hurdles to success, and affording them the opportunity to be represented by

specialized highly skilled lawyers of color is critically important as they navigate their

own identity.

• Work with GJJI and NJDC staff to develop racial justice training curriculum and

materials for juvenile defenders.

• Planning and hosting community listening sessions about race and juvenile justice,


• Legal research and writing projects about race and juvenile justice, as assigned by

Kristin Henning and Eduardo Ferrer. For example, Professor Henning is currently

authoring a book on race and juvenile justice, so there will be opportunities for

research to assist with this project.

• Updating online systems such as the GJJI website and assist with social media

outreach as needed and relevant to racial justice work.

Additionally, the Racial Justice fellow may:

• Assist faculty in the Police for Tomorrow fellowship by researching best practices and

proposing strategies for improving community-police relations for youth of color.

• Coordinate the next race and juvenile justice symposium. In 2017, GJJI hosted its first

interdisciplinary symposium entitled "The Right to Remain Children: Race and

Juvenile Justice 50 Years After Gault," in partnership with the National Juvenile

Defender Center. Fifty years after In re Gault, the seminal case that guaranteed

accused youth the right to appointed counsel, the over-criminalization of youth of

color continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing the juvenile system.

• Manage "Youth in Proximity", an online resource system that connects our clinic

clients with volunteers who can meet their needs. Through the system, our clients

gain access to everything from school supplies and clothing donations, to community

service opportunities and job placement assistance.

• Design and execute a project of his or her own that advances GJJI’s racial justice

mission, during the second year of the fellowship. Fellows with clinical experience in

criminal or juvenile defense may also have some opportunity to represent clients in

delinquency proceedings during this final year.


The Fellow must possess strong writing, communication and public speaking skills, the ability

to manage long-term projects from conception to completion, and a willingness to collaborate

with other clinic colleagues and juvenile system stakeholders.


Benefits available to legal fellows at Georgetown Law will apply.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


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