Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2021

Justice in Aging seeks an outstanding law student for its fourth annual Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2021. Given uncertainties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the fellow may be allowed to work remotely for the summer. If our offices are re-open, the fellow may work in any of our three offices: Washington, DC, Oakland, or Los Angeles, CA. This is a full-time, paid fellowship.

The Organization: Justice in Aging is a non-profit organization with a rich tradition of over 48 years of successful, high-impact strategic advocacy on behalf of more than 7 million older adults living in poverty in America. Justice in Aging is the one of the only national organizations to focus exclusively on issues of senior poverty and, as a part of that work, we recognize how senior poverty is linked to historic and systemic discrimination.

Justice in Aging works in several critical areas: health care, economic security, housing, and elder justice. We focus our work on the needs of older adults of color, older women, LGBTQ seniors, and older adults with limited English proficiency. We strive toward equity for older adults through our work and in our workplace environment, where all staff members are supported and valued.

The PositionJustice in Aging seeks a rising 3L (current 2L) student to work full-time with attorneys on multiple projects that integrate Justice in Aging’s core programs (SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, and elder justice) and focus on racial justice. The fellow could work on policy advocacy and/or litigation-based projects and will have the opportunity to author a writing sample, conduct shorter term writing and research projects, participate in intern trainings and events, attend external stakeholder meetings, and have the opportunity to learn more about the legal non-profit world. At the end of the summer, the fellow will also prepare and present an internal training to the staff on a topic they have researched.

Justice in Aging will pair the fellow with one attorney as a mentor for the summer. Justice in Aging may also be interested in working with the summer fellow to craft a post-graduate fellowship application for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or the equivalent.

Compensation: The fellow will be provided a $8,000 stipend.

Qualifications: We seek applicants with a robust interest in working for low-income and underserved populations, and strong legal research and writing skills.

Application: Applications are accepted until Friday, October 2 and reviewed on a rolling basis

To apply for the summer Racial Justice Fellowship, please send  the following materials to Shelby Minister at sminister@justiceinaging.org:

  1. Cover letter,
  2. Resume,
  3. Writing sample, and
  4. A list of three references.

In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered:

At Justice in Aging we advocate for older adults, particularly regarding systemic injustice and the resulting inequities that often impact women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, Justice in Aging is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences to your response.

Cover letters without this explanation will not be considered. Please also include any scheduling conflicts during the weeks of October 5 and 12 that may affect your availability for a first-round phone interview.

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff, and we particularly encourage applications from members of people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, and others whose personal experiences may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

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