ABOUT

Public Rights Project’s Affirmative Leaders Fellowship helps state and local government offices build capacity to protect the rights of vulnerable communities by focusing on their existing staff. We provide one year of training and professional development, plus access to a national network of impact litigators within government, to current state and local government attorneys. This support enables fellows to initiate, expand, or deepen the impact of their office’s equitable enforcement work. Affirmative Leaders Fellows work on a range of civil rights, economic justice, and environmental justice issues that directly impact vulnerable populations in their communities and across the country.

Affirmative Leaders Fellows will strengthen and apply skills in affirmative impact litigation, coalition-building and community engagement, policy research, and public leadership.


WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

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Fellows must be current employees of a state or local government law office with an active bar membership in the jurisdiction where their office is located. At least part of their job description should include or will include affirmative litigation. The fellowship is likely best suited for attorneys who have newly joined a government office or who have recently moved within government to a new or expanded affirmative litigation role.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How does an Affirmative Leaders Fellow advance public rights? States and cities are on the front lines of defending their residents against discrimination, fraud, and disenfranchisement. Affirmative Leaders Fellows receive training and support to help them work to expand enforcement efforts, protect their residents, and grow the impact of a city or state’s legal work. They develop and hone the skills to advance new legal theories and enforcement strategies for their offices to be more proactive using the law to address their communities’ needs. Their work is also aimed at helping city, county, and state law enforcement agencies work more collaboratively on complex problems. (Click HERE to learn more about The Affirmative Leaders Fellowship.)


HOW TO APPLY

(Application goes live on January 28, 2019 and closes on March 1, 2019.)

Questions? Email us at fellows@publicrightsproject.org


HELP US RECRUIT OUR INAUGURAL COHORT OF AFFIRMATIVE LEADERS FELLOWS!

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We place great value on high-quality candidate referrals we receive from community members and friends of PRP, like yourself. If you know someone who you believe will thrive in the Fellowship and become a leader in state and local government, check back on January 28, 2019 for updates when application and nomination form go live!

(Please note that while nominations help PRP identify talented applicants, preference will not be given to applicants who receive nominations.)