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WINNER PUBLIC INTEREST AND CIVIL RIGHTS FELLOWSHIP

LEGAL INTERNSHIP (SUMMER 2018)


Leslie J. Winner Public Interest and Civil Rights Fellowship

The NC Justice Center is seeking a Leslie J. Winner Public Interest and Civil Rights Fellow. The Winner Fellowship provides the opportunity for a recent law school graduate to spend two years as a staff attorney at the Justice Center – the state’s leading private, nonprofit, anti-poverty organization. The Fellowship is generously funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in honor of Leslie Winner, who has been a champion for the people of North Carolina. Winner spent much of her career as a public servant and public interest lawyer working on issues such as civil rights, gender equity, affordable housing, public education and higher education. She retired in 2016 after eight years of distinguished service to ZSR and nearly 40 years of service to North Carolina.

The Fellow must be eligible for admission to the North Carolina bar by the commencement of the Fellowship. Applicants must have graduated from law school in 2016, 2017, or be expected to graduate in 2018. Applicants should possess excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a demonstrable passion for and commitment to social and economic justice. Applicants should have an interest in and commitment to developing the skills to handle public interest litigation.

About the Justice Center: The Justice Center’s mission is to alleviate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security. In order to improve the ability of families with low incomes to access opportunity and share in the state's prosperity, the Justice Center pursues a broad policy agenda around the issues of affordable housing, transportation, workforce development and training, public education, supports for working families, consumer protections, immigrants' rights, access to health care, state budget allocations and state tax policy.

Responsibilities: The Winner Fellow will work alongside other litigation staff of the Justice Center. The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in high-impact trial level and appellate litigation in a wide range of civil rights and poverty law areas that may include consumer, housing, education, health, and public benefits. The Justice Center’s litigation strategies are part of a multi-disciplinary approach to advocacy that integrates legal, policy, public engagement, research, and communications strategies. While the position will primarily assist with the Justice Center’s litigation efforts, the Winner Fellow will be exposed to all aspects of Justice Center’s work.  

How to apply: To apply for the 2018-2020 Fellowship (beginning between August and September 2018), applicants should submit a resume, law school transcript, the names of three professional or academic references, and a brief statement of interest (two pages or less) as a single PDF file that has your name in its title, and “Winner Fellowship” in the subject line to hr@ncjustice.org by November 15, 2017. The statement of interest should explain your background, your commitment to social justice, why you want to engage in litigation at the North Carolina Justice Center, and how this fellowship will further your professional interests and goals.

The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. The Justice Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
 

Legal Internship

The NC Justice Center seeks four law student interns to help us carry out our mission. This opportunity is for the summer of 2018.

About the NC Justice Center: The mission of the Justice Center is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services, and fair treatment it needs in order to enjoy economic security. Justice Center attorneys represent consumers, tenants, workers, immigrants, and students to make sure employers pay their workers what they are owed, landlords do not unfairly evict people, consumers are not preyed upon by unfair loan agreements, immigrants can achieve legal immigration status in the United States, and students can enroll in school and receive a quality education.  We focus on class action and impact litigation.  For more information, visit www.ncjustice.org.

Legal Internships: Legal interns work with NCJC staff on a variety of issues:

  • Legal research and writing
  • Litigation support
  • Drafting model legislation
  • Legislative research
  • Assistance with lobbying efforts
  • Research for policy reports or briefs
  • Communication with clients and constituents
  • Other related legal duties as assigned

Qualifications: Legal interns must have a college undergraduate degree and completed at least one year of an accredited law school. Strong writing and analytical skills and ability to work with others are critical. Spanish proficiency is desirable.

Compensation: Because we are a non-profit organization entirely dependent on grants and donations, we encourage you to apply for funding through your school and to explore other funding opportunities.  Limited funding will be available from the Justice Center.

How to apply: To apply send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position, resume, and professional references as a single PDF file that has your name in its title, and “Legal Internship” in the subject line to hr@ncjustice.org. The positions will remain open until filled.  We will begin reviewing resumes on November 1, 2017.

The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.  People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. The Justice Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.