Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Yale Law School seeks applications for a Robert M. Cover Fellowship in Public Interest Law, a two-year position beginning on or about July 1, 2013 in the Yale Law School clinical program. The Fellowship is designed for a lawyer with at least two years of practice who is considering a career in law school clinical teaching. The 2013-2015 Fellow will work with the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (“WIRAC”).
WIRAC is a year-long, in-house clinic whose students represent immigrants, workers, and their organizations in litigation under labor and employment, immigration, Freedom of Information Act, § 1983, and other civil rights laws; state and local legislative advocacy; and other non-litigation matters. Illustrative cases include representation of a community-based organization and individuals in East Haven challenging pervasive practices of anti-Latino police brutality through community organizing, litigation, and policy advocacy; class action litigation challenging Connecticut’s honoring of immigration detainers and individual client representation in immigration court on behalf of people improperly held on detainers; multiple suits by former restaurant employees denied minimum wage and overtime; habeas litigation by immigration detainees challenging their prolonged detention; representation of a national organization of immigrant youth advocating for federal administrative and legislative relief; and representation of community organizations, unions, and faith organizations in efforts to reform Connecticut’s in-state tuition statute, Hartford and New Haven living wage ordinances, and state and local confidentiality, policing, probation, and other laws and policies.
The Fellow’s responsibilities include representing clients, supervising students, assisting in teaching classes, and working on one=s own scholarship. Candidates must be prepared to apply for admission to the Connecticut bar. (Candidates may qualify for application without admission.) All work will be conducted with the support of the clinical faculty, and will focus on providing legal assistance to low-income and civil rights clients and organizations. The principal supervisors for the position will be Professors Muneer Ahmad and Michael Wishnie.
Candidates must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and must possess strong written and oral communication skills. Experience in creative and community-driven advocacy is a strong plus. Annual salary is $63,000. Fellows receive health benefits and access to university facilities. Send (or email) a resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school transcript, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references by April 12, 2013 to: Kathryn Jannke, Office Manager, The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, P.O. Box 209090, New Haven, CT 06520-9090; telephone: (203) 432-4800; fax: (203) 432-1426; firstname.lastname@example.org.