Fellowship Sponsor 2013-2014
Brennan Center for Justice - New York, NY

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The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to presidential power in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution - part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group - the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. The Brennan Center is eager to partner with current law students of the class of 2013, current judicial law clerks, or other fellowship applicants or recipients to sponsor public interest fellowships, including Soros, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland " Ellis, Berkeley Law Foundation, and law school-specific fellowships, like the Liman Fellowship.

Fellows will work alongside staff attorneys on the Brennan Center ’s public advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis and counseling; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts. The Brennan Center is very interested in hearing from candidates who are passionate about the Center°s work. Applicants are encouraged to propose project ideas related to the projects described on the Center°s web site.

Qualifications We are looking for colleagues with excellent legal research, writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in public interest work. Relevant past experience and a particular interest in one or more of the Center ’s specific initiatives will also be valued. The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated. Application Instructions If you are interested in developing a fellowship proposal with the Brennan Center, please upload a cover letter stating your interest and describing the project idea, resume, writing sample, law school transcript, and three references.

Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2012 and will be evaluated by August 15, 2012. We are still accepting applications for all fellowship programs, except for EJW (updated 8/7/2012). The Center ’s Program Areas Democracy Program The Democracy Program seeks to perfect the ideal of representative self-government by advocating for public policies and institutions that reflect a diverse, engaged, and energetic democracy. The Program collaborates with grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, and reform-minded government officials to promote policies that eliminate barriers to full and equal political participation.

Project areas include work on voting rights (including the rights of students and people with felony convictions); reform of election administration (including voter registration modernization, ballot design, and defensive work against photo ID and other practices likely to suppress the vote or have a disproportionate impact on communities of color); campaign finance reform at the federal, state, and local level; and protecting the independence, impartiality, and integrity of the courts. Justice Program The Justice Program seeks to bring the ideal of a just society closer to reality. The Program collaborates with grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, and reform-minded government officials to promote equal treatment in our courts. The Justice Program is working to close the “justice gap ” by expanding the types of civil cases in which low-income people have a right to counsel, increasing funding for the federal Legal Services Corporation (LSC), removing onerous restrictions on LSC-funded organizations, and improving language access in the courts.

In addition to the expansion of civil legal aid, we are leading a national indigent defense reform movement that is dedicated to strengthening defender services and to securing the promise of Gideon. Additionally, we are working to ensure that a new generation of “fees and fines ” does not unfairly shift the costs of criminal justice systems onto those least able to shoulder them. Among its activities, the Brennan Center partners with defender programs to research racial disparities in police and prosecution practices, works with defender programs to achieve racial justice reform, and promotes best practices that constitute the Community Oriented Defense model. Liberty and National Security Program The Brennan Center ’s Liberty and National Security (LNS) Program fights to preserve constitutional values in the post-9/11 world.

Our work centers on innovative policy recommendations, litigation, and public advocacy to ensure that our nation ’s commitment to national security comports with the rule of law and our fundamental freedoms. We are currently focusing on the government°s intelligence collection practices (e.g., how intelligence agents are controlled, what dangers they pose to privacy and the 1st amendment, profiling concerns) and on combating excessive government secrecy (e.g., over classification of documents).