2015 Public Interest Fellowship

Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunities with LatinoJustice PRLDEF


LatinoJustice PRLDEF is seeking to sponsor a rising 3L or recent law school graduate who will be clerking in 2014-15 for Skadden and Equal Justice Works fellowships. Applications for 2015-2016 Fellowship Opportunities must be submitted to LatinoJustice by no later than August 8, 2014.

LatinoJustice is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, serving a pan-Latino constituency. Since 1972 we have brought precedent setting impact litigation that has profoundly improved the treatment of Latinos in our society. Current areas of focus include immigrants' rights, redistricting, voting rights, housing, access to education, language and job discrimination, workplace justice issues, freedom of movement and treatment of day laborers, criminalization of Latinos, unlawful police practices,and all forms of bias that adversely affect Latinos. Recent landmark successes include Lozano v. Hazleton stopping a Pennsylvania town from enforcing local immigration ordinance redistricting access to employment and housing; Aquilar v. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement obtaining national injunctive reforms and $1 million in damages for Latinos targeted in pre-dawn ICE home raids; Favors v. Cuomo, securing a fair decennial Congressional redistricting plan in NY that reflects growing Latino population increases; and Doe v. Mamaroneck enjoining discriminatory police enforcement against Latino day laborers in Westchester town.

Primary fellowship geographic area is the Eastern United States including an expanded focus on Florida from our new Southeastern Regional Office in Orlando.

Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships

Applicants for the two-year Skadden Fellowship and EJW Fellowship should consult those programs for more details about their respective fellowship eligibility requirements, previous successful fellowship proposals, selection process, and respective application deadlines.

Qualifications

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to equal justice and equal opportunity for all. Applicants should be dedicated to the deployment of innovative and cutting-edge strategies (including non-litigation strategies) in addressing entrenched racial and national origin discrimination; matters. Applicants for the 2015-2016 Fellowships must graduate from law school by June 2014, or have graduated in 2013-2014 and are currently clerking in 2014-15.

Applicants should have bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish.

Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate involvement in scholarship, activities or employment which promote racial, national origin, gender, and economic justice on behalf of Latino communities. Project proposals focusing on the Southeastern United States are welcome.

Application

Please submit an initial application consisting of cover letter describing your interest at working with LatinoJustice and project proposal, academic transcript, and resume to jperez@latinojustice.org by no later than August 8, 2014. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with interviews scheduled until a candidate is selected.

For questions about the Fellowship application process or other LatinoJustice legal employment opportunities, please contact Jose Perez, Associate General Counsel (212) 219-3360 or jperez@latinojustice.org.

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