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Equal Justice Works – Sponsored Legal Fellowship (Fall 2018)

Date Posted: 8/8/2017
Organization: The Center for Reproductive Rights
Location: New York, NY

Application Deadline: August 25, 2017 (on a rolling basis thereafter)

Description of Organization:
Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan. The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries. To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

Position Responsibilities:
Equal Justice Works – Sponsored Legal Fellowship (Fall 2018) Priority Application Deadline to CRR: August 25, 2017 (on a rolling basis thereafter) Summary Description: The Center for Reproductive Rights seeks applicants to sponsor for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to start in the fall 2018 within the US Programs team. The Center in the past has sponsored or hosted fellowship candidates in developing litigation or litigation resources, working with coalitions on advocacy campaigns, researching and writing policy briefs, conducting trainings and/or providing technical assistance. We will review any project proposal relating to reproductive rights and human rights in the context of our US work, though for 2018 we are particularly interested in projects addressing the following US issues: Maternal health, Contraception and/or Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).

Ideal candidates will be law students entering their third year (3L) or recent graduates who expect to complete a judicial clerkship by fall 2018. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and reproductive and human rights and a willingness to collaborate extensively with the Center to shape the project proposal in September 2017 (due Sept 27 to EJW).

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Application Process If you would like to be considered for sponsorship, please send an application including resume, writing sample, cover letter and a brief 1-page (max) description of a project proposal. Please include in your cover letter whether you only seek sponsorship for your proposed project or if you would be open to input from the Center regarding your project. Priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by August 25, 2017. The two-year fellowship, if awarded, will begin in the fall of 2018 in our NY or DC office. Interviews will be hosted in late August 2017 and a finalist will work with the Center to submit a joint proposal for sponsorship by late September 2017. For specific questions related to this fellowship – please email Kathleen Sherwin at