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CBCF- Louis Stokes Urban Health Public Policy Fellows Program

This fellowship is named after retired Congressman Louis B. Stokes of Ohio, who is the founder of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. The primary goal of the program is to increase the pool of qualified, minority health policy professionals who are committed to eliminating health disparities in the United States and abroad.

Program Description

The Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellows Program is a 20-month policy training and leadership development program that targets early to mid-level policy professionals who are committed to eliminating health disparities nationally and globally. CBCF Louis Stokes Fellows receive health policy training while working in a CBC Member's office as well on a congressional committee. Typically, they spend ten months working in a congressional member's office and the remaining ten months working on a congressional committee that focuses on health-related issues. CBCF complements the fellows' policy training on the Hill by providing opportunities to improve and develop leadership skills so they can be more effective in their professional roles.

The program also includes educational enrichment opportunities through seminars on policy and politics. These seminars explore hot-button policy issues, the politics of policymaking and policy implementation, and evaluation of policy already implemented. Fellows are also exposed to the history and work of the Congressional Black Caucus, and prepared to analyze the impact of policies on African Americans and other minority groups.

Qualifications

  • U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S.
  • Graduate or professional degree in a health-related field (behavioral science, social sciences, biological sciences, and health professions) from an accredited institution completed prior to the fellowship start date. In some instances, extensive and relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirements.
  • Familiarity with the federal legislative process, Congress, and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy, and commitment to creating and implementing policy to improve the living conditions for underserved and underrepresented individuals.

Selection Process

Selection of a Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellow is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • A record of academic and professional achievement.
  • Evidence of leadership skills and the potential for further growth.
  • Study of how health policies affect African Americans and minorities.
  • Demonstrated interest in public health policy.
  • Quality of paper application and interview performance.
  • All of these qualities combined with strong writing skills, adaptability, and demeanor are taken into consideration. Some other considerations are whether the program seems to be a good match for applicant's stated professional goals and objectives.

Selection of Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellows is highly competitive. While the number of fellowships offered depends upon funding, since 2006 there have been two (2) Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellows per fellowship class.

Applications are submitted to CBCF and reviewed by a selection committee comprised of CBCF staff, congressional staff, and other stakeholders. CBCF staff conducts the initial review of applications and selects the strongest applicants to become semi-finalists. Semi-finalist applications are forwarded to the full committee, which interviews the semi-finalists in person or by phone. CBCF notifies the finalists and alternates.

Additional Information

All CBCF Fellows must be able to participate for the full term of the program. If selected, applicants are expected to complete all professional qualifying exams, for example, bar exams and medical boards, dissertation defenses, and comprehensive exams before the fellowship or defer until the end of the fellowship. Participants in the Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellows Program must reside in or relocate to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Compensation for the fellowship term is $40,000, with benefits. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, housing, and other associated expenses.

Send letters of recommendations and transcripts in one envelope to:

Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellows Program
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
1720 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Attn: Leadership Institute Manager

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Society of American Law Teachers

Social Justice Fellow Position Description: The Fellow will help the co-Presidents and the Board members administer SALT's regular activities such as its BA to JD Pipeline Project, the annual membership drive, the biennial teaching conference, and the annual SALT dinner at the Association of American Law School Meeting.

The starting salary is $50,000/year plus health benefits.

As noted above, the SALT office will be located at UNLV. Applications should include a letter of interest, a current resume, and the contact information for at least two references. Please email your completed applications to Pindell.gardina@gmail.com. Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we will not hold the position open for any specific time period. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by May 18. To find out more go to www.saltlaw.org.

Contact
Ngai Pindell at ngai.pindell@unlv.edu or
Jackie Gardina at jgardina@vermontlaw.edu.

About The Society of American Law Teachers: The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) is an independent organization of law teachers, deans, law librarians, and legal education professionals working to make the profession more inclusive and reflective of the great diversity of this nation, to enhance the quality of legal education by advancing social justice within the curriculum and promoting innovative teaching methodologies, and to extend the power of legal representation to underserved individuals and communities.

CBC | NBLSA Fellowship

Description of Legal Fellow Duties: Legal Fellows work with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Member offices, outside stakeholders, Senate, and the Executive Branch agencies on the CBC's legislative priorities. Fellows undertake projects involving sophisticated legal research and writing, analysis and drafting of legislation and administrative regulations, legislative and regulatory advocacy.

Qualifications:
Applicants should possess a strong academic record at an accredited American law school, excellent interpersonal, legal research and writing skills, as well as an interest in legislative law. Rising 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M. candidates are eligible.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, brief legal writing sample (five pages or less), and the names of two references to cbclegalfellows@gmail.com. Please direct all questions to the same email.

Time Commitment and School Credit:
Fall and Spring Law Fellowships are full or part-time for 13 weeks. Summer Law Fellowships are available only as full-time positions for an 11-week term. Fellowships are for academic credit.

Center for Reproductive Rights Legal Fellow Position

Background: Founded in 1992 and located in New York City, the Center for Reproductive Rights is a non-profit organization that promotes women's equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise on U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law.

During the past 20 years, Center attorneys have been counsel in virtually every major U.S. Supreme Court case about reproductive rights. In the last two years, the Center litigated over 20 cases on a range of reproductive rights issues. In addition to the U.S. legal program's ground-breaking litigation, we have also expanded our advocacy work through (1) the integration of human rights strategies we have pioneered internationally into our domestic work and (2) increased strategic legislative advocacy at the federal and state level. The Center's Law School Initiative - launched in 2008 - promotes legal scholarship and teaching on reproductive health and human rights to shape the thinking of the next generation of lawyers, judges, and policymakers.

The new fellow will join the Center at an exciting time for the institution and at a critical time for the nation. As opponents of women's rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, embodied in a new strategic plan launched in 2012.

Responsibilities: U.S. Legal Fellows play an integral role in the department's work, which includes trial court and appellate litigation; human rights advocacy; legislative and other advocacy projects; drafting of public education materials; public speaking; and legal analyses of state legislation. Some travel is required. 



Qualifications: Juris Doctor degree. Applicants should be self-motivated, capable of complex legal analytical work and have an ability to write clearly and effectively. Knowledge of, or commitment to, reproductive rights or other civil rights and justice issues is desirable.
These are two-year fellowships. The positions are full-time, beginning in the Fall of 2013 (an earlier start date may be possible if desired by the fellow), and based in New York City.



How to Apply: The deadline for applications is November 1, 2012 (applications received after that date may be reviewed at the discretion of CRR). 

Please send your cover letter, resume, at least one legal writing sample and the contact information for three references to: Email (preferred): resumes@reprorights.org. 



Note: Applicants must indicate "Legal Fellow - United States Legal Program (code 153)- and your last name as the subject of emailed applications. Cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references should be sent as attachments. If applicants are applying for more than one position at the Center for Reproductive Rights, they must submit an application for each position separately.

Mailing address:
Legal Fellow - U.S. Legal Program 
Center for Reproductive Rights 
120 Wall Street, 14th Floor 
New York, NY 10005 
Fax: 917-637-3666 



The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

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