01 Aug CRC Legal Fellow/Entry Level Attorney
Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is a non-profit civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2016, CRC challenges wealth-based and race-based systems of oppression. We work to shift power to community-led movements, particularly those led by Black and Brown people who are most affected by this legal system, so they can build sufficient power to create structural change. We work with individuals accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge mass human caging, to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom, and to dismantle white supremacy. Civil Rights Corps engages in advocacy and public education and specializes in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation with the goal of re-sensitizing the legal system and our culture to the injustice and brutality that characterize the contemporary U.S. legal system.
CRC has won groundbreaking litigation challenging the rise of debtors’ prisons, abusive private probation schemes, and wealth-based pre-trial detention. CRC works closely with community partners and is committed to fundamentally transforming the criminal system. CRC’s staff is comprised of passionate and dedicated advocates with a profound commitment to social justice and fighting inequality in all its forms. Learn more about our work at civilrightscorps.org.
CRC seeks candidates for a fellowship starting in Fall 2023. Fellows substantively collaborate with other CRC staff and external partners on cutting-edge, systemic litigation. The fellow is invited to apply for funding for the fellowship with the focus of the fellowship to be mutually agreed upon by CRC and the fellow. However, Civil Rights Corps will guarantee funding for the fellowship in the event that outside support is unavailable. Although the fellowship is two years, all previous fellows have had the option to stay on afterwards as a permanent hire and we hope that will continue to be the case.
The ideal CRC fellow is passionate about racial and social justice, humble, hardworking, a fast learner, proactive, able to juggle multiple tasks, and able to work well in a collaborative environment. Specific qualifications we are looking for include:
- J.D. degree and the ability to be admitted to practice law in a U.S. state.
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission, purpose, and values of CRC.
- Race and identity competency, ability to understand and navigate issues of identity, power, and privilege with clients, partners and colleagues;
- Excellent writing, research, and complex legal analysis skills;
- Excellent communication and public speaking skills;
- Experience working with diverse populations, with those directly impacted by the criminal legal system, and on behalf of low-income clients;
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative, establish priorities, and work independently with minimal supervision;
- Innovative thinking, an unwillingness to accept things as they are, and a strong work ethic.
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time exempt two-year position; preference will be given to candidates based in or willing to relocate to Washington, D.C., but remote candidates will be considered. Salary is determined based on years of legal experience and will be in the range of $67,000 – $85,000.
Civil Rights Corps offers an outstanding benefits package, including employer- paid health, vision, and dental benefits; transit benefits; an annual wellness benefit; retirement matching; and paid sick, family, and unlimited vacation leave. This position is included within United Civil Rights Workers, the CRC workers’ union.
To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter (if you are applying for a fellow position, please include a description of an issue or area on which you would like to focus); (2) a resume; (3) an unofficial law school transcript; (4) a writing sample; and (5) three professional references. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will give priority to those submitted by September 9, 2022. Materials should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and “Fall 2022 Fellow/EntryLevel Attorney” in the subject line.
Civil Rights Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We greatly value a diverse workforce and management team and an inclusive culture. Civil Rights Corps is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients and staff.