The Impact Fund seeks to sponsor a fellowship candidate for a fellowship beginning in Fall 2018. The Impact Fund will work with the candidate to apply for funding through the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, and internally funded law school fellowships.
Organization Description: The Impact Fund provides strategic leadership and support for litigation to achieve economic and social justice. We offer grants, training, and expertise on issues that arise in large-scale impact litigation. We also serve as lead counsel, co-counsel, and amicus counsel in select class action and impact litigation. Some of our major litigation in the last few years has included Ellis v. Costco Wholesale Corp., a Title VII gender discrimination class action alleging failure to promote women, and Estrada v. Bashas’, a Title VII national origin discrimination case alleging that Hispanic/Latino grocery store workers were paid less than their white counterparts. We are dedicated to training new attorneys through our fellowship program, which has been in place for over thirteen years.
Job Description: The Fellow will be a fully integrated member of the Impact Fund’s legal team, assisting in the organization’s current docket of cases and helping to develop potential new cases and amicus work related to civil rights and social justice. The Fellow will participate in all aspects of legal advocacy that may arise, including discovery, depositions, the drafting of legal and amicus briefs, as well as legal strategy. The Fellow will report to the Director of Litigation and Training and will also work closely with the Executive Director.
Qualifications: Applicants must be entering their third year of law school or have recently graduated. Current or incoming judicial clerks are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also be planning to sit for the California Bar Exam prior to September 2018. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to civil rights and social justice through relevant coursework, summer employment, externships, clinic participation, journal experience, and/or prior employment. The successful applicant should be prepared to develop a project proposal related to improving access to justice, and/or a social justice issue that has the potential to be addressed through impact litigation. Applicants may apply with a project already in mind, or develop one with the Impact Fund’s legal team after sponsorship.
Salary: Salaried with health and vacation benefits.
Application Instructions: Applicants should send a résumé, cover letter, and three professional references to Lindsay Nako, Director of Litigation and Training. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The Impact Fund is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.
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