Fellowships

Skadden Fellowship

Ithaca, NY

Application Deadline: Sept. 16, 2019

LawNY is seeking to host an applicant for a two-year Skadden Fellowship beginning in August or September 2020. The LawNY Ithaca office is interested in hosting a Fellow who will explore and/or facilitate a medical-legal partnership with area medical providers, focusing on opioid-related issues facing the communities in Tompkins and Tioga Counties. The Fellow should consider how to utilize and/or implement the involvement of civil legal services to address these issues. Staff members will work together across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing law-related issues affecting our clients and communities.

The Skadden Foundation will award two-year fellowships for 2020 law school graduates, outgoing judicial law clerks, and LL.M. candidates who want to work in the public interest. Applicants will develop and submit the application with LawNY as the host organization.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Rochester, NY

Application Deadline: Sept. 20, 2019

LawNY is seeking a candidate to partner with on an application for a two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship, beginning in September 2020. The LawNY Rochester office is interested in hosting a Fellow with a Health Law focus, and will give preference to proposals that will expand the office’s ability to assist clients with a variety of health needs and increase positive health and legal outcomes in the community.

The LawNY Rochester office is located in downtown Rochester and serves Monroe County. The City of Rochester has the fifth highest rate of poverty in the nation, with the highest rate of childhood poverty. Our staff works closely with community partners, including local hospitals, to do onsite outreach, intake, and client meetings. We assist vulnerable populations, including refugees, veterans, the homeless, and victims of crime.

Candidates must be a third-year law student, a recent graduate from an Equal Justice Works law school, or an experienced attorney who is committed to public interest law. For a list of current law school members and more information about this program and the requirements, visit www.equaljusticeworks.org.

Soros Justice Fellowship

Rochester, NY

LawNY Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2019 | Fellowship Application Deadline: Oct. 21, 2019

LawNY is seeking to host and submit an application with an eligible candidate for an eighteen-month Soros Justice Fellowship, beginning in July-November 2020. The LawNY Rochester office is interested in hosting a Fellow with a focus on reentry and post-incarceration issues. Candidates will propose and develop their own projects.

Since 2005, LawNY’s Rochester office has assisted over 2000 individuals who exit the correctional system or have past criminal convictions who experience legal barriers to employment. From 2015-2019, advocates have secured over $319,000 in financial benefits for clients. We have prioritized this population within LawNY’s other practice groups, and we partner with a variety of organizations to ensure that the needs of individuals reentering society are met holistically. Some examples of the legal services currently provided include enforcement of New York state laws prohibiting discriminatory hiring practices against persons with criminal records; state agency denial of occupational licenses or criminal background clearances required for employment in the sectors requiring state or federal approval to work; obtaining certificates of rehabilitation; and enforcement of consumer protections.

Soros Justice Fellowship Advocacy Track I applicants must have at least two (2) years of relevant experience, which may include: full-time and part-time employment; paid or unpaid internships; sustained volunteer work; or other pertinent experience (e.g. advocacy while incarcerated). Advocacy Track I is for people at a range of phases in their careers, including but not limited to: people just entering the field following post-graduate education; advocates with a few years of work experience; and those beginning to work on criminal justice reform issues after a career in another field or after some other life experience. Individuals who are between the ages of 18– 25 and who have fewer than two years’ experience should consider applying for the Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellowships. Applicants must be able to devote at least 35 hours per week to the project if awarded a fellowship; and the project must be the applicant’s only full-time work during the course of the fellowship. Fellows cannot be full-time students during their fellowships.

Last year’s fellowship application information can be found here: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/uploads/d5dbbfc4-9d84-4aa7-a47e-1472154314ba/2019-advocacy-fellowships-guidelines-and-application-20180829.pdf