We are seeking to sponsor applicants for public interest fellowship funding. At Democracy Forward, a Fellow would, among other things:

  • Partner with other Democracy Forward lawyers in proceedings in federal and state courts and before federal and state agencies, including helping advise clients on strategy, risks, and objectives. 
  • Perform legal research and draft legal documents, including substantive briefs for parties and amici, motions, comments, and/or other court or regulatory filings.
  • Monitor and screen cases and provide recommendations for instances where Democracy Forward should consider getting involved in litigation (either affirmative litigation or as an amicus or intervenor) or engage in regulatory advocacy.  

The Fellow will be included in Democracy Forward meetings evaluating whether to take on cases and analyzing substantive issues. The Fellow will also have opportunities to participate in meetings with clients, which currently include substantial nonprofit organizations, major unions, cities, and other entities, as well as other outside stakeholders.

The Fellow would start in fall 2023 and should be no more than two years post law school graduation. If you are interested in Democracy Forward sponsoring you as a fellowship applicant, please submit a cover letter and resume. Please send materials by January 31, 2022.  Those selected for interviews will be asked to submit a writing sample, references, and a law school transcript prior to the interview.

Meet some but not all of our qualifications? Don’t let that deter you from applying. If you believe that you could excel in our organization and believe in our mission, we hope you apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you are new to non-profit or legal work, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or taking the next step in your career path, we hope to hear from you. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in our work and what you would bring to the role for which you are applying.

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