Announcing Fellowships from EJW, New York State, & Lambda Legal Defense

Screen shot 2013-03-19 at 8.22.29 PMThree Great Opportunities from Equal Justice Works

#1) 1Ls and 2Ls: Summer Corps Application Deadline Extended until April 10.

Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides 1L and 2L students with the opportunity to earn a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization.

AmeriCorps currently has four priority areas, and we are looking to fund projects in these areas for the 2013 Summer Corps program. Students with projects focusing on the following areas should apply!:

  1. serving veterans and military families,
  2. homeowners facing foreclosure,
  3. victims of disaster, and
  4. medical-legal partnerships.

Check out the EJW website here for resources on finding internships in our priority areas.

#2) Serve on Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee 

Application deadline is Monday, April 22.

The EJW National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides a great opportunity to become more involved with Equal Justice Works. The NAC serves in an advisory board capacity to Equal Justice Works, and by serving on the NAC, you can play an important role in providing feedback and guidance on select Equal Justice Works initiatives.

We are currently seeking law student members to fill positions that will begin service on June 1, 2013, for a two year commitment that will end on June 1, 2015.  As a member of the NAC, you are required to attend an annual meeting and participate in periodic conference calls throughout the year to work on projects designed to help Equal Justice Works improve existing programs and develop new initiatives.

More details on the NAC and the application will be available on our website here.

#3) Two PostGrad Fellowship Opportunities

AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships: In partnership with AmeriCorps, this program allows Fellows to provide critical legal services to improve the lives of low-income and homeless veterans and disaster victims.  A living allowance is provided and an educational award is earned after successful completion of the program.

Equal Justice Works Fellowships: As a participant in the largest postgraduate legal fellowship program in the U.S., an Equal Justice Works Fellow creates his or her dream job with a nonprofit organization that has agreed to host the applicant if awarded a fellowship.  Fellows receive a salary and are eligible for student loan repayment assistance.

More detailed information and application materials are available at www.equaljusticeworks.org.

Empire State Fellows Program

Screen shot 2013-03-21 at 10.11.27 PMApplications must be received by April 12, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is now accepting applications for the second class of Empire State Fellows.

The two-year Empire State Fellows Program is a full-time leadership training program that prepares a new generation of leaders for policy-making roles in New York State government, and encourages professionals from underrepresented groups to join the Governor in creating a New New York. (Photo: Wikimedia.)

The 2013 class of Empire State Fellows will serve from September 2013 to September 2015, and receive an annual salary commensurate with experience not to exceed $72,765, plus a generous benefits package. At the end of the fellowship, a performance review process will identify fellows that will be given the opportunity to continue to serve as leaders in New York State government after completing the program.

Governor Cuomo will appoint each Empire Fellow to work directly with a Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, or other high-level policy maker.

Work assignments will offer Fellows unparalleled experience collaborating with senior officials and participating in the policy-making process. While taking part in the work of government, Empire Fellows will participate in educational and professional development programs that will prepare them to confront the increasingly complex policy challenges facing New York State.

Additional information about the Empire State Fellows Program is available on our website at www.newnyleaders.com. If you have specific questions about the program you may contact fellows@exec.ny.gov.

Attention 3Ls: Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship

Screen shot 2013-03-21 at 10.15.19 PMPosition is open until filled.

Learn more about the newly expanded Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights at Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.

The Garner Fellowship, previously a summer position, will now be a paid, full-time, year-long legal internship awarded to a recent law graduate to work in any of Lambda Legal’s five offices (New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, or Dallas).