2015-2017 Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship

March 6, 2015

Application Deadline: 03/16/2015


Date Posted: 03/05/2015
Schedule Type: Full Time

Practice Areas: Education, Employment/Labor, Housing/Landlord-Tenant, Human Rights, Impact Litigation, Litigation, Non-Profit, Poverty, Racial Justice Issues

Job Description

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a premier national civil rights legal organization, is pleased to announce the creation of the Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship. The fellowship provides the opportunity to become familiar with civil rights practice by working with many of the nation’s leading civil rights experts at the national office of the Lawyers’ Committee in Washington, D.C. Our fellows become involved with substantive legal activities, which involve co-counseled litigation with prominent law firms, including client contact, case investigation, discovery, negotiations, amicus briefs, appeals, and trial practice.

The Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship is a two-year litigation-focused fellowship that will be selected on a bi-annual basis by the Lawyers’ Committee in consultation with the Shestack Justice Advisory Committee. Jerry Shestack was an extraordinary lawyer and a driving force in advancing the cause of civil and human rights. One of his greatest legacies was his central role in the founding of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in 1963.

Law school graduates who have passed the bar and have 2 to 3 years of outstanding litigation experience and/or judicial clerkships are eligible. The chosen Fellow will have demonstrated a passion and commitment to civil rights issues and public service and have shown promise of becoming an exceptional litigator.


  • Two to three years of outstanding litigation experience and/or judicial clerkships.
  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to civil rights and support for the goals of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
  • Prior experience working with or ties to low-income communities of color.
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills as demonstrated through writing samples, internship and clinical experience, and academic record.
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with all Lawyers’ Committee staff and to develop and maintain positive relationships with diverse clients and community organizations.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills in both legal and non-legal settings.
  • The applicant must currently be a member in good standing of a state bar with the ability to waive into the District of Columbia bar.


Fellows are paid at the same salary of Lawyers’ Committee attorneys with the same number of years of experience.

We also provide a competitive benefits package, including 100% employer paid health insurance.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted electronically to https://podio.com/webforms/10775370/768081 and should include a resume, law school transcript, two-page letter of intent, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.

Contact Information:

Thomas Silverstein
Phone: 202-662-8316
1401 New York Avenue NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005


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