2017-2018 Public Interest Fellowship
LatinoJustice PRLDEF 2017-18 Public Interest Fellowship
LatinoJustice is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country. Since being founded in 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 litigation successes include: Doe v. Mamaroneck enjoining discriminatory police enforcement against Latino day laborers in Westchester Village; Lozano v. Hazleton stopping Pennsylvania municipality from enforcing its own local immigration ordinances redistricting access to employment and housing; Aguilar v. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement obtaining national injunctive relief reforming ICE’s pre-dawn home raids practices, $1 million in damages and immigration relief; Favors v. Cuomo, securing a fair decennial Congressional redistricting plan in NY that reflects Latino demographic population increases; and Perez-Santiago v. Volusia County, voting rights case requiring Florida county to provide bilingual ballots in compliance with Section 4(e) of the Voting Rights Act.
Applicants must be law students who will graduate by June 20176 or recent graduates who are eligible for a fellowship commencing Fall 2017. We are seeking energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice issues, and who have excellent legal research, writing and communications skills. Bilingual Spanish/English fluency is required.
Fellowship geographic service areas are the greater metropolitan NY-NJ area from our NYC office; or Central Florida from our new Southeastern Regional Office in Orlando.
We invite applicants to submit a fellowship proposal outline which should describe how the proposed project fits within LatinoJustice’s mission and our current litigation priorities. Proposals should also identify potential law reform litigation as part of the fellowship project. We will also work with candidates to identify and create a winning fellowship proposal. Note that Skadden, Equal Justice Works and other fellowship programs each have their own specific eligibility criteria which applicants should check for further eligibility requirements.
Salary & Benefits;
Salary is determined by LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s contract salary scale, as set forth by collective bargaining, which is comparable to other public interest organizations. Fringe benefits include health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance as well as vacation, and medical leave.
Submit resume, academic transcript (unofficial copy ok) and cover letter describing your proposed fellowship project proposal by July 30, 2016 to Jose Perez, Deputy General Counsel at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.