January 12, 2017

Northwestern University School of Law invites applications for a two-year fellowship position beginning as soon as possible in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center. We seek applicants for this fellowship position with distinguished academic records; a strong, demonstrated commitment to practicing in the area of civil rights litigation; excellent research and writing skills; and 0-5 years of litigation or clerkship experience, preferably with substantial experience working on federal appeals.

The fellow will be responsible for identifying and tracking lower court cases that present an opportunity to bring the issue of solitary confinement to the U.S. Supreme Court. To that end, the fellow will: (1) review all new federal appellate and district court decisions involving solitary confinement as they are issued, and (2) identify and track pending federal appellate and district court cases involving solitary confinement. The fellow will also be responsible for helping to draft, in cases involving solitary confinement, appellate briefs, petitions for certiorari, and amicus briefs. In the event of a grant of certiorari, the fellow would be available to support plaintiff’s counsel, organize amicus coalitions, and draft amicus briefs.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic currently includes clinical faculty teaching in its Roderick MacArthur Justice Center, Children and Family Justice Center, Center on Wrongful Convictions, Center on International Human Rights, Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, and other clinical programs that include appellate advocacy, criminal defense, civil litigation (predatory lending cases, civil suits arising from wrongful convictions, and landlord tenant cases), externship, negotiations and trial advocacy.

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is one of the premier civil rights law firms in the United States with offices in Chicago, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Oxford, Miss. The family of J. Roderick MacArthur founded the center in 1985 to advocate for human rights and social justice through litigation.

Northwestern University School of Law is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minority candidates.


Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis as they are received, with the goal of filling the position with a candidate able to start in the near future. Please send your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of references to David Shapiro atdavid.shapiro@law.northwestern.edu.


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