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Legal Fellowship (1-2 Year Attorney Position)

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ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION 

Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action, education, and advocacy in collaboration with law firms and community partners. 

ROPES & GRAY JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP BACKGROUND 

In 2017, the law firm of Ropes & Gray partnered pro bono with LCR to litigate a landmark federal voting rights case against the City of Lowell, Massachusetts. Filed on behalf of a diverse coalition of residents from Lowell’s Asian-American and Latinx communities, the lawsuit challenged Lowell’s “at-large” electoral system for electing its City Council and School Committee. The lawsuit alleged that the at-large system impermissibly diluted the vote of Lowell’s communities of color. When the lawsuit was filed, communities of color accounted for approximately 49% of Lowell’s population, but the City’s elected bodies had enjoyed virtually no minority representation throughout all of Lowell’s history. 

In 2019, the parties settled the lawsuit, and a Consent Decree was approved by a federal judge. The Consent Decree requires the City to change its electoral system starting with the 2021 municipal elections, to a more fair and equitable electoral system. 

In recognition of the successful partnership that brought about this landmark settlement, Ropes & Gray generously donated attorneys’ fees from the case to create and fund the Ropes & Gray Justice Fellowship at LCR. 

The Fellowship is open to recent law school graduates and attorneys completing temporary post- graduate employment such as a judicial clerkship or another fellowship. 

JOB DESCRIPTION 

The Ropes & Gray Justice Fellow will be housed at LCR. The Fellow will work under the supervision of LCR attorneys. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on the full range of litigation and other advocacy that LCR pursues in the areas of racial justice and immigrant justice. Fellows should expect to gain substantial experience in civil rights advocacy and litigation, including in many of the following areas:

  • plaintiff identification and client development;
  • drafting and filing complaints and motions;
  • depositions and other discovery;
  • oral argument;
  • administrative advocacy;
  • appellate work; and
  • community legal education. 

It is expected that the Fellow will actively develop new cutting-edge litigation with the assistance and supervision of LCR attorneys.

LCR will particularly endeavor to provide the Fellow with experience in voting rights, redistricting, and other civic engagement work that reflects and furthers the type of advocacy done in the voting rights litigation that made the Fellowship possible. 

The Fellowship is for a one-year period, with the possibility of an extension for a second year. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree and 1-3 years of post-law school legal experience. Preference will be given to candidates with litigation experience. Applicants must be extremely hard-working, highly self-motivated, and passionate about civil rights and racial justice. 

The ideal candidate will also have: 

  • Excellent writing, editing, oral advocacy, and analytical skills; 
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; 
  • Experience working with low-income communities, communities of color and/or immigrant communities; 
  • Knowledge and experience with civil rights and/or public interest legal issues; 
  • The ability to work productively and efficiently with minimal supervision; and
  • The ability to work collegially with a wide range of groups and individuals.  

Language skills relevant to LCR’s client communities (including Spanish, Khmer, Mandarin, and Haitian Creole) will be considered a plus. 

SALARY

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. LCR also provides a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and employer-paid health benefits. 

HOW TO APPLY

Please email employment@lawyersforcivilrights.org to submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interviews will begin immediately. Applications will continue to be accepted until May 3, 2021.

ORGANIZATIONAL MISSION 

Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action, education, and advocacy in…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 7, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 3, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Salary

Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits

LCR provides a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and employer-paid health benefits. 

LCR provides a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation and employer-paid health benefits. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Language skills relevant to our client communities (including Spanish, Khmer, Mandarin, and Haitian Creole) will be considered a plus. 

Language skills relevant to our client communities (including Spanish, Khmer, Mandarin, and Haitian Creole) will be considered a plus. 

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
61 Batterymarch Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110

How to Apply

Please email employment@lawyersforcivilrights.org to submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interviews will begin immediately. Applications will continue to be accepted until May 3, 2021. 

Please email employment@lawyersforcivilrights.org to submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis…

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