PUBLIC RIGHTS PROJECT FELLOWSHIP LOCATIONS



Locations

Locations for the 2020-2022 cycle will be announced in early 2020. Please check back for more information about these opportunities in the coming months. 

Our fellows are currently working in the following offices:

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

In Cook County, our Public Rights Project fellow is assigned to the Civil Actions Bureau of the State's Attorney's Office and works on the following priorities:

  • Litigating enforcement actions designed to recoup for citizens of Cook County tax revenue wrongly withheld by corporate residents;

  • Reviewing, investigating, and filing suit against predatory lenders and financial service providers;

  • Taking targeted action to address wage theft;

  • Protecting the rights of Cook County residents from financial crimes and fraud;

  • Forming intergovernmental partnerships to ensure the fair and equitable application of laws designed to protect Cook County residents; and

  • Developing a program to utilize the civil arm of the State’s Attorney’s Office to further criminal justice reform and increase the public safety of residents of Cook County.

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Detroit Mayor’s Office

In Detroit, our Public Rights Project fellow will be placed in the Mayor’s Office and has the opportunity to:

  • Take targeted action to address blight and other economic justice challenges that disproportionately affect low-income communities of color;

  • Combat fraud and discrimination against immigrants, communities of color, and low-income residents;

  • Address public health and environmental justice, including the opioid crisis and environmental hazards that affect residents in their neighborhoods; and

  • Maximize resources available to the City for affirmative rights enforcement by building lasting partnerships with surrounding institutions.

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Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

In Massachusetts, our Public Rights Project Fellow is assigned to the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and has the opportunity to:

  • Combat fraud and abuse in student lending, including for-profit schools, loan servicers, and so-called student debt relief companies;

  • Fight against wage theft, particularly when it affects low-income and immigrant workers in the construction, restaurant, and other hard-hit industries; 

  • Confront fraud and scams perpetrated against immigrant communities, including real estate scams, tax-relief schemes, consumer fraud, and notario fraud; and

  • Partner with law enforcement and local organizations to confront bias-motivated incidents and combat hate crimes in our communities.

Oakland City Attorney’s Office
Our Public Rights Project fellows at the Oakland City Attorney’s Office are placed within the Community Lawyering & Civil Rights Unit of the Affirmative Litigation, Innovation & Enforcement Division and have the opportunity to:

  • Take targeted action to address public health and other environmental justice hazards that endanger city residents; 

  • Combat consumer fraud, wage theft, and discrimination against immigrants, communities of color, women, and low-income residents;

  • Convene other local governments that engage in similar policy-forward civil rights enforcement and building lasting partnerships with those localities; and

  • Be an integral part of the office’s strategic decision-making, not just regarding ongoing cases, but also in deciding which impact cases to bring.

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Wisconsin Department of Justice

Our Public Rights Project fellow at the Wisconsin Department of Justice will be assigned to projects in any of the Department’s following units: Special Litigation and Appeals; Consumer Protection & Antitrust; Medicaid Fraud Control & Elder Abuse; and Environmental Protection. Our fellow Fellow works on matters in a variety of topic areas, including:

  • Enforcement actions and related litigation concerning violations of Wisconsin’s consumer and Medicaid fraud statutes;

  • Enforcement and litigation of antitrust laws;

  • Investigation and prosecution of elder abuse;

  • Multistate investigations, including ongoing matters relating to the prescription opioids industry; and,

  • Other targeted actions to enforce Wisconsin’s environmental protection laws.

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