AFFIRMATIVE LEADERS FELLOWSHIP
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
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.