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Organization TypePublic Interest
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ProfileFall 2017 Post-Graduate Fellowship The Fellow will work with LDF attorneys and other staff on trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, policymaking, and/or other forms of advocacy. Fellowship projects may include the following issues: EDUCATION – Discriminatory school discipline policies and practices. Racial disparities resulting from school system operations (e.g., curricular offerings, student assignment, discipline policies, distribution of teachers). Enforcement of existing school desegregation consent decrees. Diversity and inclusion in higher education. ECONOMIC JUSTICE – Discriminatory use of credit history or criminal background checks. Discriminatory practices in mortgages or foreclosure (or other housing-related issue). Criminalization of poverty. CRIMINAL JUSTICE – Racially discriminatory and/or excessive use of force by law enforcement. Parole and/or probation reform. Solitary confinement. Criminalization of youth of color diagnosed, or misdiagnosed, with a disability. State and federal sentencing reform. Prosecutorial misconduct and/or racially discriminatory exercise of discretion. Capital punishment. VOTING RIGHTS: Challenging discriminatory voting laws—particularly those occurring in areas formerly covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act pre-Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder—under the remaining provisions of the VRA and other federal laws. Developing and implementing public education campaigns regarding a variety of state and local level voting-related issues, and the expansion of opportunities for people with felony convictions to vote. Assisting LDF’s efforts in Washington, D.C. related to federal voting laws and policies.
Qualification and Experience
The fellow should have a demonstrated commitment to racial justice and addressing racial inequality; outstanding research and writing skills; the ability to work both collaboratively and independently; and the capacity for creative thinking.