Apply for Project Funding with Public Advocates–Applications due Monday, July 11

In NLLSA on June 15, 2011 by Barbara

Seeking Candidates for 2012-2014 Fellowship Projects

Public Advocates seeks dynamic and dedicated advocates to apply for project funding with us through the Equal Justice Works and Skadden post-graduate fellowship programs. Fellows would work out of our offices in San Francisco or Sacramento.

Public Advocates is a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity. We spur change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low-income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971. We currently focus on education equity, affordable housing, transportation justice, climate justice, and regional equity. Find more detailed information at


A passion for economic and racial justice and civil rights is required.  Applicants should also have a demonstrated commitment and ability to work directly with low-income communities, communities of color, and their allies. Strong candidates often have substantive experience in education, housing, transportation, economic justice, or related issues. We also look for creativity, independence, proven leadership ability, and strong skills in legal and factual writing and analysis. Depending on the project, Spanish fluency or other technical skills may be relevant or required.

Candidates should typically be rising 3Ls or graduates with judicial clerkships that will end in 2012.  Admission or plans to seek admission to the California Bar required.

Public Advocates will consider proposals in areas of our current or past work that serve our target populations and build on our and your experience and skills. Compelling projects generally combine high-impact litigation and/or policy advocacy with direct low-income community partnerships through activities such as coalition-building, outreach, education, and technical assistance to grassroots organizations.

Application Requirements

Please submit a one- to two-page cover letter that provides insight into your passion for social justice work explaining (a) specific interests and qualifications (do not simply recap your résumé); (b) experiences and commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color; (c) reasons for applying to Public Advocates.  In addition, submit a resume, legal writing sample, and three references. We welcome you to outline project ideas if you have them, but project proposals are not required at this stage.


Please submit applications as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, July 11, to Sam Tepperman-Gelfant at  Sam is also available to answer questions as you prepare your application.

For more information, please visit the following link:

Public Advocates Fellowship Application

Public Advocates values diversity. We encourage all interested individuals to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered, and anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category.



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