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ProfileFellowship Fellow will join a statewide organization advancing the legal rights of people with disabilities. The Fellow will effect systemic change in the criminal justice system for people with intellectual developmental disabilities by: (1) identifying gaps in supports, training, dispositional alternatives in the court system, and programming in correctional facilities; (2) developing and assessing innovative and/or proven strategies for systemic reform including: civil rights litigation, coalition building, training, and/or policy change; and (3) implementing identified strategies in collaboration with attorneys serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is a one-year Fellowship which may be renewed for a second year. The Fellow will work closely with the Directors of the Protection and Advocacy programs for People with Developmental Disabilities (PADD). The fellows will also collaborate with the team of attorneys as well as partners in the disability network across the state. Travel is required. Should have law degree from an accredited law school. Must be Licensed to practice law, or recent law school graduates who have sat for the July 2017 bar examination, preferably in New York. Personal and/or professional experience working on criminal justice issues is required. Personal and/or professional experience working with people with intellectual, developmental or mental health disabilities or under-represented populations strongly preferred. Should have practiced knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972 and federal civil rights law. Must have excellent research, writing, organization, and task management skills. Experience with public speaking, conducting trainings and/or giving presentations is required.
Submit the following: A letter of interest that identifies the Fellowship are applying for and includes a 1-2 page description of approach to achieve the tasks identified in the Fellowship are applying for; A resume of relevant experience; Two writing samples demonstrating issue analysis and legal writing skills; Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Disability Rights New York(DRNY)
Albany, NY 12207