Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2019

Justice in Aging is pleased to recruit for its second Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2019. The fellow may work in any of our three offices: Oakland, Los Angeles, or Washington D.C. This is a paid fellowship.

The Position: Justice in Aging seeks a rising 3L (current 2L) with a passion for public interest law and a commitment to communities of color for a 10-week summer fellowship focused on the intersection of poverty, aging, and racial justice. The fellow will work with staff on projects that integrate Justice in Aging’s core programs—health care and economic security—with the fellow’s personal and professional interests.

During the fellowship, the fellow will have the opportunity to author a writing sample. The fellow will participate in all intern trainings and events, attend external stakeholder meetings and events, and have the opportunity to learn more about the legal non-profit world. The fellow will also prepare and present an internal training to the staff on a topic they have researched during the summer.

The fellow will be an integrated member of the Justice in Aging team and will participate in our substantive team meetings and in our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Justice in Aging will pair the fellow with one attorney as a mentor for the summer. Justice in Aging is also interested in working with the summer fellow to craft a post-graduate fellowship application for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or the equivalent.

Compensation: The fellow will be provided a $5,000 stipend.

Qualifications: We seek current law school students with: (1) a genuine and demonstrated commitment to working on behalf of communities of color; (2) interest in aging issues; (3) high-caliber legal research and writing skills; and (4) the ability to take initiative and work independently. An interest in a public interest career is desirable. Individuals with ties to low-income, racial/ethnic minority communities, and other underserved populations are especially encouraged to apply.

The Organization: Justice in Aging is a 45-year old non-profit organization with a rich tradition of successful, high-impact strategic advocacy on behalf of more than 7 million seniors living in poverty in America. Justice in Aging works primarily in two areas: health care (including long-term services and supports) and economic security. We use a variety of legal tools to improve access to benefits for seniors, including producing educational materials for advocates, participating in administrative and legislative advocacy, litigating on behalf of older adults, and supporting direct legal services providers with complex legal issues.

Justice in Aging is the only aging organization to focus explicitly on issues of senior poverty and, as a part of that work, we recognize that senior poverty is often a result of historic and systemic discrimination based on race and other identities. We work to foster equity for older adults in our core program areas as well as working internally to create an inclusive environment where all staff members are supported and valued.

Application: Applications are accepted until Friday, September 28, 2018. First-round phone interviews will be conducted the weeks of September 24 and October 1.

To apply for the summer Racial Justice Fellowship, please send  the following materials to Katrina Cohens at kcohens@justiceinaging.org:

  1. cover letter,
  2. resume,
  3. writing sample,
  4. a list of three references

In your cover letter you must discuss how your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have shaped your interest in racial justice and aging issues.

Cover letters without this explanation will not be considered. Please also include any scheduling conflicts during the weeks of September 24 and October 1 that may affect your availability for a first-round phone interview.

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff and we particularly encourage applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ community, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

Katrina Cohens

About Katrina Cohens

Katrina Cohens is based in Justice in Aging’s Washington, DC office and serves as the Database Manager.