The Center for HIV Law and Policy (“CHLP”) invites third-year law students, recent law school graduates, and otherwise eligible fellowship applicants to apply for an Equal Justice Works (“EJW”) fellowship to work with CHLP for two years starting in September 2018.
CHLP is a national legal and policy resource and strategy center based in New York working to reduce the impact of HIV on marginalized communities and to secure the human rights of people affected by HIV and similar disabilities. Our work focuses on:
• Organizing and advocating on the state and federal level to modernize HIV criminal laws;
• Assisting criminal defense attorneys in fighting “HIV exposure” prosecutions and mounting constitutional and disability rights challenges to these laws;
• Working to secure the right of youth in state custody to comprehensive, LGBTQ-affirming sexual health care; and
• Providing accessible, high-quality legal and policy materials through a web-based resource bank
Key to the EJW fellowship application is a project proposal. Submit your idea for a proposal or a draft proposal to us. We will work with you to develop and finalize it. It should be innovative, and expand the work we currently do. It cannot be standard criminal defense. It can be collaborative with other legal, civil rights organizations to serve people of color, low-income individuals, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, sex workers, injection drug users and any other communities at risk for acquiring HIV in the United States. This would not be a staff attorney position – it’s an opportunity to create your own project that would have significant impact for people living with HIV. Some possible project areas we are considering (but don’t let this limit you):
• Identifying specific states and cases as vehicles to bring state and federal constitutional and federal disability law challenges to HIV criminal exposure laws and unwarranted public health restrictions on PLHIV. This project likely would include identifying organizational allies and drafting trial and appellate level briefs.
• Movement building and advocacy strategy development focused on the intersection of HIV nondisclosure and injection drug use criminalization.
You must be a third year law student, recent law school graduate who has not held a full-time public interest attorney position, or experienced private attorney looking to begin a public interest career. Your law school should be an EJW member law school at the time of the application.
This is a terrific opportunity to design your dream job and gain first hand experience working on your chosen issue area. Also:
• The fellowship pays the same salary, health insurance and fringe benefits that similarly qualified CHLP attorneys are provided.
• EJW offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program to all Fellows, based upon their monthly Income-Based Repayment (IBR) rate.
• Fellows receive access to the EJW alumni network, which includes job listings and networking opportunities.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a short project proposal or interest area to Mayo Schreiber, Jr., Deputy Director, The Center for HIV Law and Policy at email@example.com. The Center for HIV Law and Policy is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to advancing fairness, equality, and diversity in both its work and its workplace. We strongly encourage applications from all interested persons, particularly people of color; people from low-income backgrounds; individuals with disabilities, including those living with HIV; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming persons.
Priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by the end of July. Selected applicants will be contacted to develop a full proposal. The application can be submitted no later than September 27, 2017, but preferably earlier. EJW and sponsors will review applications and interview applicants between October 2017 and March 2018. EJW will select candidates on a rolling basis between November 2017 and March 2018. Fellowships begin in September 2018.