Join us in making a difference in people’s lives! Develop your lawyering skills and become part of a long line of accomplished and dedicated advocates committed to public interest legal work.
Since 1968, we have pursued our mission to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, low-income persons, immigrants and refugees by challenging systemic conditions that threaten these rights. As a clerk, fellow or intern, you will be engaged in hands-on work utilizing a range of strategies including policy advocacy, impact litigation and direct services. Through work in one of our three program areas—Community Empowerment/Economic Justice; Immigrant Justice; and Racial Justice—you will serve as a critical member of our team.
Application Deadline: Applications will be 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, Equal Justice Works and Justice Catalyst Fellowship Programs, for the 2021-2023 cycle (applications due in September 2020). LCCRSF is particularly interested in potentially sponsoring projects in the following areas:
- Immigration Enforcement/Detention Accountability: Our immigrant justice program currently is litigating against dangerous detention conditions in California facilities, and plans to continue to push to end immigration detention. Through our 30-year-old pro bono asylum program and partnerships with grassroots organizations, we regularly encounter immigrants who have been victims of harsh and unlawful enforcement activity and detention conditions at the border, in detention centers in California, and in enforcement actions in the Bay Area. We are interested in partnering on a project that would combine direct representation for asylum seekers with litigation to remedy violations of their constitutional and statutory rights in the enforcement context. We are also working on Federal Tort Claims Act cases for families separated by the Trump administration, and may be willing to sponsor a project related to recompense for victims of Trump immigration policies.
- 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 310, a bill to create a state public bank. We are interested in projects that would develop legal and policy advocacy strategies to build wealth in low-income communities of color, with a priority for Black business owners.
- Other projects in the areas of racial justice, economic empowerment and/or immigrant justice.
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Application Deadline: June 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights fellowship for attorneys is a signature endeavor of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, which lasts for a three-year term, with possible extension. The Lawyers’ Committee views the causes we champion as broadly related to positions and ethical stances taken by Justice Thurgood Marshall during his distinguished legal career. This fellowship is designed for an attorney who has practiced for a minimum of three years and has a demonstrated commitment to civil rights law. It is our hope that the fellowship will enhance the Fellow’s understanding of civil rights law and prepare the Fellow for a career of promoting social justice. Apply here.