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2018 Summer LAw intern

We have filled this position. Stay tuned for the posting of the 2019 Internship in the fall of 2018.

2019 Fellowship - Application DEADLINE, June 8, 2018.

The Impact Fund seeks to sponsor a driven, creative, and collaborative candidate for a 2019 public interest fellowship. The Impact Fund is interested in applicants with civil rights-focused project proposals who intend to apply for outside funding, including internally funded law school fellowships.

Organization Description:  The Impact Fund believes that communities should be able to join together to use the courts to protect their jobs, families, and environment. To this end, we provide strategic leadership and support for class and impact litigation to further civil rights and social justice. With our staff of eight in the picturesque Berkeley Marina, we have served as lead counsel, co-counsel, and amicus counsel in ground-breaking class action and impact litigation. Some of our major cases in the last few years have included Ellis v. Costco Wholesale Corp., a gender discrimination class action alleging failure to promote women, and Estrada v. Bashas’, a national origin discrimination case alleging that Hispanic/Latino grocery store workers were paid less than their white counterparts. We also offer a well-established training program for public interest attorneys that includes a multi-day intensive training on advanced class action litigation skills and an annual conference that convenes public interest class action litigators from across the country. Finally, we administer a cutting-edge litigation grant program, one of few in the country that focuses on advancing social justice litigation for underserved communities. 

Job Description:  Applicants should be prepared to describe one or more project ideas related to improving access to justice, civil rights, or a social justice issue that has the potential to be addressed through impact litigation. The Impact Fund will assist in developing the idea into a fellowship proposal and help prepare fellowship applications as needed. In addition to the fellowship project, the Law Fellow will be a fully integrated member of the Impact Fund’s legal team, working on our current docket of civil rights cases, grant projects (including the Clean Water Project), and amicus briefs. The Law Fellow will attend our Class Action Training Institute and will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of our legal work, including case strategy, investigation, discovery, and the drafting of legal and amicus briefs. The Fellow will report to the Director of Litigation and Training and will also work closely with the Executive Director. Our small legal team ensures daily interaction with key decisionmakers, significant responsibility, and meaningful litigation experience.

Qualifications:  Impact Fund seeks a candidate that is entering the third year of law school or a recent graduate. Current or incoming judicial clerks are encouraged to apply. 

In addition, the successful candidate will have:

·      Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and social justice through relevant coursework, summer employment, externships, clinic participation, journal experience, and/or prior employment;

·      Completed the California bar exam before August 2019;

·      Excellent research and writing skills;

·      Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; and 

·      Strong communication skills in both legal and non-legal interactions.


Salary:  Competitive salary to be determined based on funding source. Additional benefits include fully subsidized health insurance for the Law Fellow and 50% subsidy for spouse and dependents, 10 paid sick days per year, 10 paid vacation days for the first year, and approximately 12 paid holidays per year.

Application Instructions:  Applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, writing sample, and three professional or academic references to lnako@impactfund.org by end of day on Friday, June 8. 

The Impact Fund is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Contact Information:
Lindsay Nako, Director of Litigation & Training
125 University Ave., Suite 102
Berkeley, CA 94710

Phone: 510-845-3473 x307
Email: lnako@impactfund.org
 

Otherwise, we're fully staffed!

But... if you would like us to keep your résumé on file in case a suitable opening becomes available, please email it to impactfund@impactfund.org with a headline, e.g. "Experienced Class Action Attorney."