Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fall 2019 Immigrants’ Rights Litigation and Advocacy Fellowship Opportunity Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic


The Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (IRC) at Stanford Law School invites third-year law students and recent law graduates to apply for a new Immigrants’ Rights Litigation and Advocacy Fellowship. The Fellow will participate in all aspects of the Clinic’s litigation and advocacy docket, including representing immigrants facing removal and cutting-edge work to address recent enforcement practices, but will not participate in the supervision and teaching of law students. The fellowship will be for a two-year fixed-term period, starting in Fall 2019.

The Fellow will report directly to Professor Jayashri Srikantiah (Director of the IRC). The Fellow will work collaboratively with Professor Srikantiah, Lisa Weissman-Ward, Clinical Supervising Attorney, and Erika Madriz, Legal Assistant. Professor Srikantiah is a national expert in immigration law and immigrants’ rights advocacy. She is known to be a dedicated mentor and supervisor of junior public interest attorneys. The Fellow will receive excellent training and supervision as well as access to a national network of immigrants’ and civil rights practitioners and organizations.

Clinic Docket

The Immigrants’ Rights Clinic has a broad-ranging, complex, and multi-modal docket. The IRC Fellow will participate in:
● representation of individual clients in a variety of matters, including immigration court proceedings (detained and non-detained) on behalf of noncitizens with criminal convictions, applications to secure status for noncitizen survivors of domestic violence, and asylum cases;
● litigation of immigrants’ rights cases in the federal courts, including habeas petitions on behalf of detained noncitizens, appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and other federal courts of appeals, and other impact litigation on behalf of noncitizens challenging Department of Homeland Security policies; and
● advocacy on behalf of immigrants’ rights organizations in a variety of areas, including advocating for immigrants in detention, working alongside local organizations in grassroots organizing, developing and distributing know-your-rights materials, legislative and regulatory advocacy, international human rights advocacy, and enabling immigrants’ rights groups to access legal services.

Position Requirements

Applicants for the Fellow position must have:

● a demonstrated commitment to working in immigrants’ rights;

● strong academic credentials;

● excellent legal research and writing skills;

● commitment to close attention to detail;

● ability to multi-task effectively;

● deep inter-personal skills; and

● excellent teamwork skills.

Spanish language fluency is a strong plus factor. The Fellow should either be a member of the California Bar or plan to take the bar exam prior to commencing the fellowship.

The salary is based on a formula that is competitive with similar positions in nonprofits. The Fellow will also be eligible to elect medical and other benefits – found here If the Fellow is a Stanford Law graduate, they will also be eligible to participate in the law school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

About the Mills Legal Clinic

The IRC is one of ten clinics comprising the Mills Legal Clinic. Mills Legal Clinic attorneys are part of the intellectual community within the clinical program and the Law School and university at large. The clinic provides resources for its lawyers to participate in continuing education and other professional development activities.

Application Process

Applicants should submit the following materials:
● a cover letter;

● a resume;

● a list of at least three references;

● a complete law school transcript; and

● a sample brief or legal memorandum that the applicant authored (without substantial editing by others).

Applicants must both: (1) upload the materials to Job Number: 80840 and (2) email the materials electronically to Judy Gielniak, the Mills Legal Clinic associate director, at, and to administrative associate, Leti Trejo, at

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with the expectation that interviews will begin in Fall 2018 and conclude by the end of the calendar year. The position begins in Fall 2019.


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