Public Service legal Fellow (Equal Justice Works, Skadden, or other)

Job Type

Full Time


Details: 50K-55K depending on experience




8 W. 126th Street
3rd Floor
United States


Start Small Think Big, Inc. (“Start Small”) seeks applications by August 19th for a potential fellow to apply jointly for Equal Justice Works (“EJW”) and Skadden sponsorship, based in our New York City or Bay Area office, for the Fall of 2019. Using elements of prior Start Small – EJW fellow’s projects as models, we are seeking a potential fellow interested in developing a program focused on one or more client industry groups. The fellow would be responsible for developing either an innovative approach to delivery of client services (e.g. a tech based video-conference legal clinic), or a new client base through outreach, as prior fellows have done with food industry clients and early stage businesses, developing a thorough understanding of the industry specific needs of the clients, cultivating relationships with community partners, law firms (either existing or prospective partners) with practice groups and expertise in the relevant industries, and perhaps developing the capacity to service some of those legal needs themselves. EJW fellowships are two-years, Start Small is open to either a full EJW position or a one-year fellowship similar to Skadden fellows where funding and fellow availability may be limited to one year.

Start Small is a non-profit organization serving low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in New York City and the Bay Area (California) who are looking to start or grow a small business in order to accumulate assets and increase their personal financial security.

The Legal Program works to connect entrepreneurs in need of legal assistance (e.g. legal entity selection and formation, corporate governance, contract review and drafting, commercial lease review and negotiation, employment, tax, intellectual property, and relevant city and state regulations/licensing and permitting requirements) to appropriate high-quality counsel, by using our extensive network of volunteer attorneys from New York City and Bay Area law firms. In addition, the Legal Program facilitates regular workshops and seminars for the community on legal issues most commonly faced by early-stage entrepreneurs.

Start Small is open to discussing a range of possible project focuses with potential fellows. Two primary focus options have been discussed based on prior and current successful projects. Focusing on innovation in the format Start Small uses to deliver services to our clients. E.g. incorporating technology solutions into the clinics, workshops, resources delivery mechanisms, and/or one on one attorney meetings to increase efficiency in service delivery and the range of clients served. Or, to focus on developing a new pipeline of clients to serve in currently underserved industries or fields. Current options under review include: Education, Early Childhood Development, Childcare, and/or Pre-K; Fashion/Apparel/Merchandise Design, Production, and/or Manufacturing; Software Development; Entertainment; and/or Cleaning and Laundry services (including potential worker cooperatives for small groups).

In addition to devising and implementing their primary project innovating a service delivery mechanism and/or opening a new access point to clients in one of the fields above or a similar field, the Legal Fellow will, when possible or in line with their project, interview and advise clients; draft legal and factual client memoranda; help develop and present legal education workshops and trainings; research legal issues; prepare client and volunteer resource materials; engage in client outreach; build and maintain partnerships with local community based organizations; engage with volunteer attorneys and pro bono coordinators at partner law firms; and design and implement new areas of small business legal programming. The position reports directly to the Legal Program Director.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

●     Recent law graduate or 3rd year JD candidate, who is prepared to work with Start Small to submit applications for sponsorship to Equal Justice Works and/or Skadden’s fellowship programs, along with any other available funding sources, and is available to begin a post-graduate fellowship in Fall 2019;

●     Commitment to inclusive community/economic development, social and economic justice work, and/or anti-poverty work;

●     Excellent verbal and written communication skills, time management, and interpersonal skills;

●     Highly organized, creative and self-motivated; a strong problem-solver and critical thinker;

●     Experience working in low-income and/or immigrant communities; and

●     Bilingual (English/Spanish) or professional Spanish proficiency welcomed.

Start Small Think Big is an equal opportunity employer with a standing policy of nondiscrimination. This means that all qualified persons are accorded an equal opportunity for employment or promotion without regard to actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, genetic information, matriculation, or political affiliation.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and writing sample to (include subject line: “EJW/Skadden Legal Fellow – Fall 2019) by August 19, 2018.