Apply for the 2009-2010 Motley Fellowship

The Equal Justice Society is accepting applications for its 2009-2010 Judge Constance Baker Motley Fellowship, named after the first African-American woman to serve on the federal bench. Applicants for the one-year paid fellowship should be recent law school graduates with zero to five years of work experience after law school. The application deadline is December 16, 2008.

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The Equal Justice Society (“EJS”) is a national strategy group heightening conscious on race in the law and popular discourse.  As heirs of the innovative legal and political strategists of Brown v. Board of Education, the organization broadly models its programmatic efforts after the late Honorable Constance Baker Motley and the Brown litigation team.  Using a three-prong strategy of law and public policy advocacy, cross-disciplinary convenings and strategic public communications, EJS seeks to restore race equity issues to the national consciousness, build effective progressive alliances, and advance the discourse on the positive role of government. 

Motley Fellowship applicants should demonstrate experience in civil rights advocacy and a strong commitment to racial justice.  The Fellow will work under the supervision of staff attorneys for a twelve-month period.  During the fellowship period, the Fellow may lead new research, advocacy, coalition building, and public education efforts related to transforming anti-discrimination law and policy.  The Fellow will be a full participant in office events and activities, including staff meetings and strategic planning sessions.

Fellowship Location: San Francisco, California
Fellowship Period: October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2010 (flexible)
Application Deadline: December 16, 2008 (Application must be received in our office by the date listed.)

Fellowship Application:
To be considered for the Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship, please send a COVER LETTER, RESUME, list of FOUR (4) REFERENCES, and a WRITING SAMPLE (on a racial/social justice topic) to with the subject line “Motley Fellowship Application”


Mail to:
Motley Fellowship Applications
Equal Justice Society
220 Sansome Street, 14th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Please use either email or postal mail for applications, not both. Applications must be received in the office by the date listed above.

Applicants should be recent law school graduates with 0-5 years of work experience after law school. Bar passage is not required. Candidates will be evaluated based upon criteria including:
· Demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice.
· Demonstrated interest in civil rights law and policy.
· Excellent research and oral /written communication skills.

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