Lambda Legal invites recent and prospective law graduates to apply for a two-year Fair Courts Project Fellowship in its Education and Public Affairs Department. The Fair Courts Project Fellowship is a paid, full-time, two-year legal fellowship.
Lambda Legal is a national, nonprofit organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Obergefell v. Hodges, Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Bragdon v. Abbott, Glenn v. Brumby, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v. North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, Fields v. Smith and Brandon v. County of Richardson. For more information about Lambda Legal, visit www.lambdalegal.org
The Education and Public Affairs (EPA) Department leads the community education, communications and marketing efforts of the organization. The goals of the EPA Department are to influence the national debate, create public support for Lambda Legal’s impact litigation and for laws that lead to equality for LGBT people and people living with HIV, and increase support for the organization. EPA reports and explains the purpose and results of our work, teaches people about their rights under the law, and amplifies the voices of our experts and of affected communities through a variety of media and high-impact education campaigns. EPA also strengthens Lambda Legal’s work by forging strategic partnerships with allies, coalitions and policy makers.
The Fair Courts Project works to advance an independent, diverse and well-respected judiciary that upholds the constitutional and legal rights of LGBT people and those with HIV, while ensuring equal access to justice foreveryone.
The Fair Courts Fellowship will be a unique opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain valuable and diverse experience in: 1.) training and education for the judiciary; 2.) fair courts advocacy and litigation; and 3.) movement building to expand and diversify the fair courts field.
The Fair Courts Fellow will:
· Build, train and manage a national network of trainers to expand our anti-bias and cultural competency trainings to court systems in several states.
· Collaborate with the Fair Courts Litigation Task Force to explore litigation opportunities to advance judicial independence and other critical fair courts issues.
· Assist callers to Lambda Legal’s Help Desk who encountered discrimination in the courts.
· Engage in strategic advocacy under the guidance of the Fair Courts Project Director to advance laws and policies related to judicial diversity, judicial selection methods and safeguarding the courts from the harmful influences of money and politics.
· Expand partnerships with racial justice, immigrant rights, reproductive justice, disability rights, environmental justice and other advocacy groups to develop community education events and educational tools around shared interests in fair courts.
· Plan and execute substantive events, workshops and meetings on fair courts issues.
· Represent the Fair Courts Project in partnerships and coalition work.
· Assist the Fair Courts Project Director with programmatic, development and administrative work, as well as recruitment and supervision of project interns.
Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal represents. All applicants must have a strong interest in LGBT and HIV-related rights, a passion for issue advocacy, a high level of independence and initiative, strong speaking and writing ability, creativity, a willingness to travel, good judgment, and an enthusiasm for working with others.
The salary for the Fellowship is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of Lambda Legal scale. Excellent employer-paid benefits package is provided including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and generous employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.
Send resume and cover letter to Eric Lesh, Fair Courts Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the words, “Fair Courts Project Fellow” in the subject line of your email.
No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal will not accept phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.
Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, and people living with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.