2020 Public Interest Fellowship
The Impact Fund seeks to sponsor a driven, creative, and collaborative candidate for a 2020 public interest fellowship. The Impact Fund is interested in applicants with civil rights-focused project proposals who intend to apply for external funding, including internally funded law school fellowships.
Organization Description: The Impact Fund believes that communities should be able to join together and 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 nine in downtown Berkeley, California, we have served as lead counsel, co-counsel, and amicus counsel in ground-breaking class action and impact litigation. Some of our major recent cases have included Ellis v. Costco Wholesale Corp., a gender discrimination class action alleging a systemic failure to promote women into management, and Estrada v. Bashas’, a national origin discrimination class action alleging that Hispanic/Latino grocery store workers were paid less than their white counterparts. We also offer a comprehensive training program for public interest attorneys that includes the Class Action Training Institute, a multi-day intensive training on class action litigation skills, and the Class Action Conference, an annual convening of 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, legal projects, and amicus briefs. They will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of our legal work, including case investigation, strategy, discovery, and drafting of legal and amicus briefs. They will attend our Class Action Training Institute and Class Action Conference. 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, academic activities, externships, and/or prior employment;
· Completed the California bar exam before August 2020;
· Excellent research and writing skills;
· Ability to work both independently and collaboratively; and
· Strong communication skills in both legal and non-legal interactions.
Salary Range: $56,000 - $70,000 doe. 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.
Anticipated Start Date: Late August 2020
Term: One year with the possibility of a second year by mutual agreement.
Applicants should email a cover letter, résumé, writing sample, and three professional or academic references to David Nahmias by 5pm Pacific Time on Friday, June 14, 2019. We ask that the cover letter describe one or more project ideas or areas of interest. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
The Impact Fund is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.
125 University Ave., Suite 102
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: 510-845-3473 x301
Application Deadline: 06/14/2019, 5pm Pacific.
Apart from that, 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:
with a headline, e.g. "Experienced Class Action Attorney."