Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2020

Justice in Aging seeks an outstanding law student for its third annual Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2020. The fellow may work in any of our three offices: Washington, DC, Oakland, or Los Angeles, CA. This is a paid fellowship.

The Organization: Justice in Aging is a non-profit organization with a rich tradition of over 47 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 only national aging organization to focus explicitly 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 primarily in two critical areas: health care and economic security. We focus our work on the needs of older women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people 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 Position: Justice in Aging seeks a rising 3L (current 2L) student to work with attorneys on multiple projects that integrate Justice in Aging’s core programs and focus on racial justice. Generally, the fellow 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. You could work on policy advocacy or litigation-based projects. The fellow will also prepare and present an internal training to the staff on a topic they have researched during the summer.

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 $5,000 stipend.

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

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.

Application: Applications are accepted until Friday, October 4 and reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply for the summer Racial Justice Fellowship, please send  the following materials to Katrina Cohens at kcohens@justiceinaging.org:

  1. Cover letter,
  2. A separate statement under one page about an advocacy issue that you are passionate about and why it’s important to you,
  3. Resume,
  4. Writing sample, and
  5. A list of two references.

In your cover letter, you must discuss your interest in racial justice. Cover letters without this explanation will not be considered. Please also include any scheduling conflicts during the weeks of September 30 and October 7 that may affect your availability for a first-round phone interview.

Katrina Cohens

About Katrina Cohens

Katrina Cohens is based in Justice in Aging’s Washington, DC office and serves as the Database Manager.