Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program - Southern cohort
- Job posted by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
Details: $55,000 salary stipend
The Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program (RJFP) is a policy-focused fellowship open to current 3Ls and recent law school graduates, designed to create entry points into the reproductive health, rights, and justice fields and to enhance legal and advocacy capacity at organizations working to advance reproductive justice for all people. Reproductive Justice (RJ) Fellows gain hands-on policy advocacy experience and work on cutting edge reproductive health, rights, justice issues, particularly as they affect people of color and other marginalized communities. Placement organizations benefit because Fellows bring legal knowhow and an intersectional approach to legal and policy advocacy.
Each RJ Fellow will receive a $55,000 stipend and be placed at a selected organization from September 2019 through August 2020. As a law school graduate with an understanding of the reproductive justice framework, the RJ Fellow will assist in research, interpretation, and application of law to aid the placement organization’s advocacy, publication, and policy pursuits. Thus, the RJ Fellow will play an integral role in helping to influence public opinion, shape laws, and advance policy, aiming to ensure the future of reproductive justice for all people – irrespective of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, income, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation. In addition, the RJFP provides rich opportunities for professional development, training, and networking in a supportive atmosphere. The RJ Fellows will be mentored by the If/When/How staff and a local attorney and will participate in monthly workshops and attend conferences and other events with their cohort.
The RJ State Fellowship will place Fellows in the U.S. Southeast at the following organizations: Spark RJ Now (Atlanta, GA); Women Engaged (Atlanta, GA); SisterReach (Memphis, TN); and Healthy and Free Tennessee (Nashville, TN).The RJ State Fellow’s work will further the placement organizations’ reproductive justice agenda, which may include advancing reproductive justice for people of color, LGBTQ, and immigrant communities; expanding access to high-quality healthcare inclusive of the full range of sexual and reproductive health services for low-income people; securing comprehensive, culturally competent, and non-stigmatizing sex education; and working at the intersection of reproductive health, rights, justice, and other critical social justice issues including voting rights, economic justice, criminal justice reform, and gender-based violence. The RJ State Fellow may be responsible for conducting legal and policy research and analysis; educating policymakers, allies, and constituents; participating in advocacy and organizing efforts; and presenting at conferences or trainings. The RJ State Fellow may also serve a key role in working for policy change that meets the needs of vulnerable populations by representing the placement organizations in coalitions, meetings with local, state, and regional officials, and strategic collaborations to advance legislative priorities.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR RJ STATE FELLOW:
● J.D. required by May 2019, bar admission by fall 2019 preferred;
● Knowledge of U.S. reproductive rights law and the reproductive justice framework;
● Knowledge of/experience with critical issues affecting the respective state/region;
● Experience working with diverse communities, particularly communities of color;
● Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
● Superior written and oral communication skills;
● Comfort and familiarity with small nonprofit environment, ability to use limited resources efficiently and effectively; ● Relevant volunteer, work, and life experiences before, during, or after law school; and
● Commitment to spending 12 months (September 2019 through August 2020) in Atlanta, GA, Nashville, or Memphis, TN, and to participating in all program activities.
Health insurance coverage and other fringe benefits, including vacation and sick leave. Other benefits include reimbursement for fellowship-related travel and paid registration to conferences, convenings, and professional development trainings.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluent in written and spoken English; Spanish a plus.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please download the application here and follow directions for submitting the online form and attachments. All materials are due by November, 1, 2018.
The RJ State Fellowship will place Fellows in the U.S. Southeast at the following organizations: Spark RJ Now (Atlanta, GA); Women Engaged (Atlanta, GA); SisterReach (Memphis, TN); and Healthy and Free Tennessee (Nashville, TN).
Questions by email only to RJFP @ ifwhenhow.org