Motley Fellowship

EJS 2014-2015 Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship

The application period for this closed on October 1, 2013.

The Equal Justice Society was accepting applications for its 2014-2015 Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship, named after the first African American woman to serve on the federal bench.

EJS is a national civil rights law organization heightening consciousness on race in the law and popular discourse.  Specifically, EJS is working to fully restore the constitutional protections of the Fourteenth Amendment by replacing the Intent Doctrine with a Disparate Impact standard that addresses contemporary forms of racism.

As heirs of the innovative legal and political strategists of Brown v. Board of Education, EJS broadly models its programmatic efforts after the late Honorable Constance Baker Motley and the Brown litigation team.  Much like the legal advocates in Brown, we collaborate with an array of social scientists and legal scholars to help us put forth legal arguments regarding implicit bias and structural racism.  To this end, our litigation efforts are supplemented by a three-pronged strategy of law and public policy advocacy, cross-disciplinary convenings, and strategic public communications.

Applicants should demonstrate experience in civil rights advocacy and a strong commitment to racial and social justice.  A strong background in legal research and writing is essential, as the Fellow will be an active member of the Legal Team and participate in the development and execution of our legal strategy.  Additionally, the Fellow will be a full participant in office events and activities, including staff meetings and strategic planning sessions.  This requires the Fellow to interact with other departments and think strategically about how their work can enhance our legal strategy.

Applicants for the one-year, paid fellowship should be recent law school graduates with no more than five years of work experience after law school.  The position is based in our Oakland office and runs from Fall 2014 to Fall 2015, with some flexibility in dates.

EJS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

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