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George A. Katz Fellowship for Recent NYU School of Law Graduates

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. 

Position: The George A. Katz Fellowship provides a recent graduate of New York University School of Law the opportunity to spend two years as a staff attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice. The Fellowship is generously funded by the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in honor of George A. Katz, an alumnus of NYU School of Law and a founding partner of the firm. In the spring of 2021, the Brennan Center will select a Katz Fellow for the next fellowship period, Fall 2021 - Fall 2023.

Responsibilities: The Katz Fellow will work alongside other staff on the Brennan Center’s public advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. For the 2021-2023 cycle, the Katz Fellow will work in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program.

The Democracy Program seeks to perfect the ideal of representative self-government by advocating for public policies and institutions that reflect a diverse, engaged, and energetic democracy. The Program collaborates with grassroots groups, allied advocacy organizations, and officials at all levels of government to promote policies that eliminate barriers to full and equal political participation.

Project areas include work to expand voting rights and counter efforts to suppress the vote, especially in communities of color; improve election administration; reform campaign finance; ensure a fair and equitable redistricting process; and promote the rule of law, including by protecting the independence and integrity of the courts.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Impact litigation, including research, brief writing, and strategy development, with team members, allied organizations, and/or pro bono law firm counsel.
  • Support for policy advocacy, including legal and factual research, legislative drafting, contributing to policy papers, and working with coalition partners.
  • Writing and speaking for a general, non-legal audience, including opinion pieces and public appearances.
  • Contributing to recruitment and hiring, development, and the supervision of program associates and legal interns.

Qualifications: The Katz fellowship is open to students at NYU School of Law graduating in 2021, and recent judicial clerks, and other alumni with up to two years’ post-graduate work experience.

The ideal candidate will have some combination of the following experiences and qualifications:

  • Excellent legal research and analysis skills. 
  • Strong commitment to work in the public interest.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize effectively in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Strong writing ability for legal, policy, and public audiences. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sound judgment, including the ability to work with diverse constituencies both inside and outside the organization. 
  • Openness to feedback.
  • Comfort working with social science research and experts. 
  • A commitment to civil rights and racial equity.

Relevant past experience and a particular interest in one or more of the Center’s specific initiatives will also be taken into account but is not required.

We recognize that many excellent candidates may not have all the experiences and qualifications listed.  Therefore, we will provide support for the successful candidate to acquire additional skills.

Applications: Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2021. Please upload, as one consolidated document, where a resume is requested:  a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, two writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for three references at this application page.

No phone calls please. We will not contact applicants until after the deadline has passed.

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

  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic identities, gender identities, and sexual orientations;
  • 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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