• Practicing attorneys: Licensed state or local government attorneys of all experience levels who are seeking to develop or deepen their affirmative litigation skills. Candidates may have between 3 and 20+ years of experience. For example, some participants might be skilled prosecutors or general counsel seeking to transition to civil litigation. Others might be experienced civil litigators transitioning to plaintiff-side work or moving into government for the first time from the private or nonprofit sectors.

  • Supportive offices: Offices and supervisors who support an applicant’s participation in the Fellowship and the development or expansion of the office’s affirmative litigation practice.

  • Passion about power of government to improve residents’ lives: Lawyers who want to use the law to proactively make positive change in their communities.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills: Team players who are able to bring together a diverse set of stakeholders and build trusting relationships both inside and outside their agencies.

  • Results-driven advocates: Public servants with the ability to achieve outcomes and results within deadlines and resource constraints.

  • Ability to navigate complex organizations: Candidates with a track record of being able to navigate the intricacies of government organizations and work collaboratively, both inside their offices and with outside stakeholders to solve problems and seize opportunities.

  • Litigation experience: Candidates with litigation experience so they can build upon it to develop an affirmative litigation practice.