The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights fellowship for attorneys is a signature endeavor of the Lawyers’ Committee, which lasts for a two year term. The Lawyers’ Committee views the causes we champion as broadly related to positions and ethical stances taken by Justice Thurgood Marshall during his distinguished legal career. This fellowship is designed for an attorney who has practiced for a minimum of two years and has a demonstrated commitment to civil rights law. It is our hope that the fellowship will enhance the Fellow’s understanding of civil rights law and prepare the Fellow for a career of promoting social justice.
Application Deadline: Applications for the fellowship starting September 2018 will be accepted starting Spring/Summer 2017.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Description of fellowship
The Lawyers’ Committee views the causes we champion as broadly related to positions and ethical stances taken by Justice Thurgood Marshall during his distinguished legal career. The Thurgood Marshall Fellowship is designed for an attorney who has practiced for a minimum of two years and has a demonstrated commitment to civil rights law. It is our hope that the fellowship will enhance the Fellow’s understanding of civil rights law and prepare the Fellow for a career of promoting social justice.
Duration of Fellowship
Fellowship is available for a two-year term (September 2018 – September 2020).
General Summary of Work Performed
The Thurgood Marshall Fellow will primarily assist with our impact litigation, policy advocacy, and direct services work in the area of racial justice. The Fellow may also have the opportunity to work on projects in the area of immigrant justice.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Identify issues for impact litigation or policy advocacy, including conducting intake and investigation of cases, strengthening the organization’s ties with grassroots, grasstops and legal groups, representing Lawyers’ Committee at key coalition, task force and community meetings, and obtaining feedback from community stakeholders.
- Coordinate our Education Clinic, which helps students and families advocate for their legal rights in the educational arena. Clinic coordination includes recruiting and training pro bono attorneys, conducting client intake and placement, and working with community groups and other legal organizations to ensure appropriate outreach and services.
- Assist with impact litigation. This may include legal research, drafting and reviewing filings and correspondence, discovery, motion practice, trial advocacy, appellate advocacy and/or other litigation tasks.
- Engage in legislative & administrative advocacy, such as drafting of regulations and legislation, meetings with client organizations, representation of groups before administrative and legislative bodies, and technical assistance to policy makers.
- Proactively seek opportunities to engage in public education & media advocacy.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- A minimum of two years postgraduate legal experience (this may include up to one year of a postgraduate judicial clerkship)
- Bar membership (membership in California Bar preferred)
- Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in civil rights law.
- Prior experience working with/ties to low income communities of color and/or immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and/or proficiency in a foreign language (particularly Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin) is desired but not required
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Values working cooperatively with others, both within the organization and in the community
$56,000 annual salary. Competitive benefits package also offered.
To apply, please complete the application form below. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area is an affirmative
action/equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBT candidates, women, persons with disabilities, people over 55, and people who have had prior contact with the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.
You can also email your cover letter, resume and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail the requisite materials to:
Attn: Thurgood Marshall Fellowship
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
131 Steuart Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94105