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Equal Justice America Voting Rights Fellowship for Recent Harvard Law Graduate

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

Voting rights are under attack nationwide.  More than 400 bills with provisions that restrict voting access have been introduced in 49 states in the 2021 legislative sessions. In many cases, these laws are aimed directly at suppressing the votes of people that Equal Justice America (EJA) fights for every day—low-income communities of color, the elderly and people with disabilities.  Equal Justice America is funding a two-year Voting Rights Fellowship at the Brennan Center for Justice for a graduating Harvard law student or a recent Harvard law graduate.  The position will begin in Fall 2022 and conclude in Fall 2024.

The EJA Fellow will join the Brennan Center’s longstanding efforts to protect voting rights and to defend our democracy. The EJA Fellow will receive a competitive salary based on the Brennan Center for Justice compensation scale, plus a generous benefits package.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Applicants must graduate with a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.
  • Applicants must have excellent legal research, writing and analytical skills and possess a commitment to work in the public interest.
  • Interest in protecting voting rights and our democracy will be especially valued.
  • Students at Harvard Law School graduating in 2022, and recent judicial clerks and other alumni with up to two years’ post-graduate work experience, are encouraged to apply.

The EJA Fellow will be required to provide bi-annual reports to Equal Justice America and to share the fellowship experience at the Brennan Center with the Equal Justice America community through monthly blog postings.

HOW TO APPLY: Do not attempt to apply through the Brennan Center’s website or any other site.  Please follow the application instructions below.

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, two writing samples and contact information for three references.   Submit applications via email to John Kowal at kowalj@brennan.law.nyu.edu.  Please use “EJA-Brennan Center Voting Rights Fellowship” as the email subject line. In addition, cc Dan Ruben, Executive Director of Equal Justice America at dan@equaljusticeamerica.org. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022. 

Note: The Brennan Center is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors.  As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Welcomes and hires applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic identities and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated;
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 

  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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