Fellowship Sponsorship 2022-2024
Date Opened: May 24, 2021
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area is interested in sponsoring applicants for fellowships, including the Skadden, Justice Catalyst, and Equal Justice Works Fellowship Programs, for the 2022-2024 cycle (applications due in September 2021).
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 advance the rights of people of color, immigrants, refugees and low-income individuals. Not only do we fight oppression and construct more just systems and institutions, we build the movement by investing in legal fellows and supporting a network of over 1,000 active pro bono attorneys who fight alongside us.
LCCRSF is woman- and minority-led. We are a diverse team of 25+ dedicated people and prioritize a caring, supportive environment. LCCRSF offers competitive nonprofit salaries, a casual, friendly culture, remote work options, generous benefits and paid time off, professional development and training, and wellness extras (such as Summer Fridays close at 3pm.) LCCRSF is particularly interested in considering projects in the following areas.
- Decriminalization/End of Traffic and Infraction Policing: We documented the unnecessary and harmful policing of infractions in our report Cited for Being in Plain Sight: How California Polices Being Black, Brown, and Unhoused in Public. A fellow could have a significant impact on cutting edge advocacy and litigation to separate police from traffic safety and end police enforcement of everyday behaviors, such as standing or crossing the street.
- Use of Immigration Bonds: Though we and many others have made strides to eliminate money bail and litigate against criminal bail bonds companies for rampant consumer violations, the immigrant bond system has gone largely unchallenged. A fellow could represent individual detainees and cosigners to understand and challenge illegal practices through litigation and advocacy.
- Economic Justice/Community Economic Development: We currently provide transactional legal assistance to low-income micro-entrepreneurs. We lead policy to create public banking in California—having drafted and successfully advocated for the passage of AB 857, the California public banking law. We are now advocating for AB 1177, which would dramatically increase banking access for low and middle income Californians. We are interested in projects that would develop legal and policy advocacy strategies to build wealth in low-income communities of color.
- Other projects in the areas of racial justice, policing, economic justice, and/or immigrant justice.
Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter (see below); (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/ “Fellowship Candidate Application” in the subject line). In your cover letter, please respond to the following questions, or we may choose not to consider your application:
- Which potential project(s) most interests you, and what qualifications would you bring to LCCRSF to ensure the project’s success?
- LCCRSF serves highly diverse communities. To ensure that we are best positioned to serve these communities, we strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that help us work effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, our coworkers, and our communities. We seek to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How have your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and racial equity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position will remain open until filled. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQ candidates, women, persons with disabilities and individuals over 55 are encouraged to apply.