2018 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship

Job Description:

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) seeks third year law students and recent law graduates to sponsor for a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship. Qualified law students and recent law graduates interested in applying for a fellowship with LSPC are invited to submit a brief project proposal and application as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

The Soros Justice Fellowship application is due on December 6, 2017.

 

Project Proposals:

LSPC seeks project proposals that will undertake US criminal justice reform at the local, state, or national levels. We will consider projects that focus on one or more of the following broad criminal justice reform goals: reducing the number of people who are incarcerated or under correctional control, challenging extreme punishment, and promoting fairness and accountability in the justice system the United States. We welcome projects that build effectively on work that has come before, that explore new and creative ways of doing things, that take risks, that offer new insights and perspectives on what we thought we knew, and that teach us about what we don’t know but should.

Applicants may employ, either alone or in combination, any number of strategies to achieve the goals and objectives set forth in their projects. These strategies include but are not limited to: impact litigation, public education, strategic communications, policy advocacy, coalition-building, grassroots organizing and mobilization, and policy-driven research and analysis.

Advocacy Fellowships are 18 months in duration, and may begin anytime between July and October 2018.

 

Intersectional Projects:

We recognize that criminal justice reform issues are exceptionally complex and involve an array of interrelated social, economic, political, and historical dynamics. We therefore encourage applications that demonstrate a clear understanding of the intersection of criminal justice issues with the particular needs of low-income communities; communities of color; immigrants; LGBTQ people; women and children; and those otherwise disproportionately affected by harsh or unfair criminal justice policies. We also welcome projects that cut across various criminal justice fields and related sectors, such as education, health and mental health, housing, and employment.

 

Organization Background:

LSPC organizes communities impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates to release incarcerated people, to restore human and civil rights and to reunify families and communities. We build public awareness of structural racism in policing, the courts and prison system and we advance racial and gender justice in all our work. Our strategies include legal support, litigation, trainings, advocacy, public education, grassroots mobilization and developing community partnerships.

 

Qualifications:

Candidates should be third-year law students or recent law graduates. Candidates should have a strong and demonstrated commitment to public interest law, social, economic, and racial justice, and community empowerment. Candidates should also have strong research and writing skills.

 

Directly Affected Individuals:

We in particular welcome applications from individuals directly affected by, or with significant direct personal experience with, the policies, practices, and systems their projects seek to address. This includes but is not limited to applicants who have themselves been incarcerated; applicants who have a family member or loved one who has been incarcerated and whose fellowship project emerges from that experience; and applicants who are survivors of violence and crime. It also includes people with deep ties and connections to the communities or constituencies that are the focus of their projects.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children  is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.

 

Application Process:

Applications should be sent as soon as possible, as we will review applications on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted electronically or in paper form. Interested candidates should submit (1) a cover letter describing the candidate’s interests and relevant experience, (2) a resume, (3) a list of references, and (4) a project proposal—no more than 1,000 words in length—that discusses the project’s potential activities and goals.

Candidates who are invited for an interview will be asked to submit a writing sample and a copy of the candidate’s most recent law school transcript (unofficial transcripts will suffice).

Applications may be e-mailed to Azadeh Zohrabi at azadeh@prisonerswithchildren.org or mailed to:

Attn: Azadeh Zohrabi
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
1540 Market Street, Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Requested Documents:

Applications should be sent as soon as possible, as we will review applications on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted electronically or in paper form. Interested candidates should submit (1) a cover letter describing the candidate’s interests and relevant experience, (2) a resume, (3) a list of references, and (4) a project proposal—no more than 1,000 words in length—that discusses the project’s potential activities and goals.

Candidates who are invited for an interview will be asked to submit a writing sample and a copy of the candidate’s most recent law school transcript (unofficial transcripts will suffice).

 

Practice Area(s)

Civil Litigation, Civil Rights/Con Law, Employment, Human Rights, Immigration, Litigation, Plaintiffs Litigation, Poverty Law, Public Interest

Years of Experience
Student, Alumni / Recent, Alumni / 1-2, Alumni / 3-5