- 2018 Bertha Justice Fellowships, NY, USA
2018 Bertha Justice Fellowships
Center for Constitutional Rights
Location: USA – New York, NY
Posted on September 11, 2017
Apply by October 9, 2017
From taking on the NYPD’s racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk program to challenging indefinite detention and torture at Guantánamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights has been on the front lines of the fight for social justice for 50 years. We’re a multiracial, diverse staff committed to building the power of the people and communities we represent. Whether it’s immigration detention, solitary confinement, the Movement for Black Lives, Muslim profiling, or Palestinian human rights, we fight for civil and human rights though creative use of litigation and advocacy.
In 2012, CCR launched the Bertha Justice Fellowship to deepen our work training the next generation of “people’s lawyers.”
About the Bertha Justice Fellowship
The Bertha Justice Fellowship is a two-year program for emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in gaining both practical experience working on CCR cases and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. CCR will host four Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2018. This position requires a two-year commitment from September 2018 to September 2020.
The Bertha Fellows will be assigned to work alongside lawyers in one of our three docket areas: (1) Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial Justice; and (3) International Human Rights. There may also be opportunities to do work that straddles different dockets.
Bertha Fellows at CCR are sponsored by the Bertha Foundation, which hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In addition to gaining legal experience on CCR cases, Bertha Fellows at CCR will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings, (2) network with lawyers from around the world, and (3) receive additional mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, media and advocacy, activism, and movement building.
- Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative (GGJI): GGJI attorneys are at the forefront in challenging extrajudicial detention, torture, and abuse at Guantánamo and related domestic and international outposts of the executive branch’s “war on terror”. GGJI attorneys challenge executive branch practices premised on expansive conceptions of wartime executive authority, as well as long-standing racism and xenophobia, including indefinite and preventive detention, military commissions, targeted killings, and abusive interrogations. Representative work includes:Ba Odah v. Obama, Al Qahtani v. Trump, Tanvir v. Tanzin, Hassan v. City of New York, Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta.
- International Human Rights (IHR): The IHR team focuses on litigation and advocacy in U.S. courts, foreign courts, and international fora to press the U.S. government, foreign government officials, corporations, and other private actors to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law. Their work also includes providing support to international human rights activists, including Palestinian solidarity activists. Representative work includes: Al-Shimari v. CACI, Awad v. Fordham University, Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively, SNAP v. the Pope, Right to Heal, Davis v. Cox, Accountability for U.S. Torture Program under Universal Jurisdiction.
- Government Misconduct/Racial Justice (GMRJ): GMRJ attorneys develop creative litigation and advocacy projects in areas such as: racial justice; economic and social rights; the government’s criminalization of dissent; mass incarceration; immigrant justice; policing; national security; gender equality; and LGBTQ rights. Representative work includes: Al Otro Lado v. U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Floyd v. City of New York, United States v. Johnson, Aref v. Sessions, Ashker v. Governor of California, Vulcan Society v. City of New York, Immigrant Defense Project v. ICE, Color of Change v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Furlow v. Belmar, Doe v. Hood, Ziglar v. Abbasi.
See here for descriptions of all our cases, issues or projects.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates should visit https://ccrjustice.wufoo.com/forms/bertha-justice-fellow-2018/ to submit an online application. Applicants may apply for a Bertha Fellowship in more than one docket area, but you must complete a separate application for each docket. Please be sure to tailor your application materials to the docket you are applying for. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and strong consideration will be given to early applications. No phone calls please.
Applications are strongly encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds. CCR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and we encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT, and gender non-conforming people.
Note: Due to the large number of applications we expect to receive, we will only contact those applicants who are selected for an interview.
Apply online here
Posted on 13 September 2017
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