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Law Fellow

Justice Action Center seeks a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Law Fellow for a sponsored fellowship with Justice Catalyst, SkaddenandEqual Justice Works, as well as similar fellowship programs, for the 2022 – 2024 fellowship cycle. 

Justice Action Center (JAC) is a startup social justice organization that combines the power of storytelling with impact litigation to bring justice to immigrant communities. In just over a year, the organization has secured key wins for hundreds of thousands of immigrant visa holders, and currently is on the forefront of efforts to ensure fair treatment for children seeking safety in the United States. JAC currently consists five staff and will be welcoming two additional staff members soon, based in remote locations throughout the U.S. JAC is looking for a Law Fellow who is comfortable working remotely in a start-up environment and who can expand JAC’s capacity to file innovative lawsuits to defend the rights of vulnerable immigrant populations. 

FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW 

JAC’s Law Fellow will report to Jane Bentrott, Counsel, and will be responsible for helping to implement JAC’s litigation and communication strategies. Applicants do not need to submit a final project proposal with this application but are encouraged to share project ideas and particular interests related to JAC’s work. JAC is particularly interested in candidates who are committed to JAC’s efforts to fill gaps in litigation for immigrant communities and take creative approaches to combining storytelling and litigation. JAC is willing to work collaboratively with selected candidates to develop a final fellowship proposal. 

WHAT YOU’LL DO 

JAC will help selected candidates develop a project to fit the requirements of specific fellowship programs and projects.  

The Law Fellow will gain valuable experience by working with the team on their fellowship project. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Perform research on novel legal issues. 
  • Draft research memos and contribute to drafting of complaints, habeas petitions, motions, and other briefs. 
  • Interact and develop rapport with clients and potential plaintiffs so that we can build relationships that will enable our legal work product to reflect and amplify the stories they have to tell. 
  • Review draft press releases and other social media materials to identify and correct any legal errors or ambiguities and to strengthen the intended messaging.  
  • Contribute to JAC’s vision and strategy for combining litigation and storytelling, and for filling unmet legal needs in impact litigation. 
  • Commit to working collaboratively and respectfully, both with JAC colleagues and with co-counsel. 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (QUALIFICATIONS) 

  • JD at the time of starting the fellowship. JAC expects the Law Fellow to either be licensed to practice or awaiting bar results before the fellowship begins. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties. 
  • Willingness to work and be mentored remotely. 
  • Strong legal writing and research skills. 
  • Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders. 
  • A highly collaborative style and good listening skills. 
  • Ability to think and work independently and within a team. 
  • Ability to think creatively, take initiative, work in a start-up environment, and be flexible in the face of challenges. 
  • Commitment to helping cultivate a high-performing organization that utilizes litigation and communications strategies creatively in the fight for systemic change. 
  • Commitment to best practices for organizations on equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
  • Commitment to best practices for valuing work-life balance for oneself and one’s colleagues. 
  • Willingness to provide thoughtful and timely feedback on improving the remote fellowship experience. 
  • Federal clerkship experience is a plus, but not required. 
  • Prior experience working on behalf of immigrants is a plus. 

READY TO APPLY? 

Great. We can’t wait to learn more about you. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to careers@justiceactioncenter.org with the subject line “Law Fellow Application.” In your cover letter, please include your pronouns, your preferred work city and state, and any languages you speak, including level of proficiency. Also, we welcome you to share in your cover letter how your professional experiences and qualifications will advance JAC’s mission.   

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled. Please note that this posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the responsibilities of the Law Fellow position. The duties, responsibilities, and activities of the Law Fellow position may change at any time without advance notice. This posting does not represent a contract of employment. 

JAC is an equal opportunity employer. JAC recognizes the unique and valuable skills that immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, and all disproportionately under-represented individuals can bring to this work and strongly encourages such individuals to apply.  

JAC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation during the application process, please e-mail karen.tumlin@justiceactioncenter.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation for the interview process.