Fellowship Sponsorship 2023-2025
FLSA: Full-Time, Exempt
Reports to: Senior Staff Attorney
Location: Currently remote, with San Francisco office open as an option. Hybrid remote/office likely in future.
Do you want to start your public interest career in an organization committed to civil rights and movement lawyering that prioritizes giving fellows excellent supervision while providing the opportunity to work on cutting-edge impact litigation and policy advocacy? Consider applying to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. LCCRSF is interested in sponsoring applicants for fellowships, including Skadden, Justice Catalyst, and Equal Justice Works, for the 2023-2025 cycle (applications due in fall 2022).
At LCCRSF, we take an integrated advocacy approach, meaning we build campaigns that combine direct services, impact litigation, and political advocacy to protect and promote civil rights. Our work seeks to build power for communities of color, low-income people, immigrants, and refugees in the Bay Area and throughout California.
As one of the most enduring civil rights institutions on the West Coast, LCCRSF works to dismantle systems of oppression and racism and to build an equitable and just society. Formed in 1968 to bridge the legal community and the Civil Rights Movement, we’re known for groundbreaking legal victories like integrating SF Unified School District, requiring the SF Fire Department to hire women and people of color, and ending the suspension of drivers’ licenses for failure to pay court debts. We also leverage a broad network of pro bono volunteers to advance our work by harnessing the resources of the private bar.
Our goal is to make this work sustainable, to take care of each other and our communities, and to rest so we can be fierce in the face of power through our core issue areas of Racial Justice, Immigrant Justice, and Economic Justice. Learn more at our website.
LCCRSF is particularly interested in considering projects in the following areas:
· Economic Justice/Community Economic Development: We currently provide transactional legal assistance to low-income micro-entrepreneurs of color, community coalitions, nonprofits, and worker-led businesses. We advocate for policy to support commercial tenants, democratize land use, and create public banking in California—having drafted and successfully advocated for the passage of AB 857, the California public banking law. We are interested in projects that would develop legal and policy advocacy strategies to build wealth in low-income communities of color, and to maintain their ability to live and thrive in those same communities. Examples of proposed projects may include passing a form of commercial rent control in California and enabling tax incentives for small businesses owned by people of color.
· We intend to add further projects to this listing in the weeks to come, including projects from our Racial and Immigrant Justice teams. Applicants are also welcome to suggest their own projects in the areas of racial, economic and/or immigrant justice.
Salary, Benefits, Work location
This position is full-time, exempt. LCCRSF adds to the fellowship stipend for a starting annual salary of $70,000. The Fellow will report to the Senior Staff Attorney of the program area related to their project. The full benefits package includes 100% paid medical + 80% for dependents, 403b retirement with employer match after one year, and more. Generous time off: 3 weeks’ vacation + a personal day, 12 sick days, 13+ holidays, plus Summer Short Fridays and one week Winter Break.
Our office is located on the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco, close to many transit options. We’re currently remote with our office available for optional use. We do not yet have a target date for return to the office, but we expect to offer a part-time remote option at the minimum. While remote, employees may not work outside of CA for more than 30 consecutive days at a time. All employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID19 for in-person work.
General working hours are 9am-5pm, M-F. LCCRSF is woman- and minority-led, with a staff of about 30 people. We are flexible, family-friendly, and value health, wellness and balance. We follow ADA guidelines – reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform the essential functions of the work.
Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter indicating potential projects in which you are most interested; (2) a resume; (3) contact information for a minimum of three references; and (4) a 5-7 page writing sample by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (w/ “Fellowships Candidate Application” in the subject line). You can also send your questions to that email address.
In your cover letter, in addition to describing the issue areas you are interested in and your qualifications, please respond to the following question: What in your background and experience has prepared you to work for an organization dedicated to advancing racial equity and immigrant justice? Feel free to think broadly about your response, applying any relevant professional or personal experiences.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area thrives as an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. BIPOC, LGBTQ+ candidates, people of all gender identities, persons with disabilities and individuals over 55 are encouraged to apply.