Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is proud to announce its inaugural Advancing Justice Legal Fellowship. The fellowship is geared toward a new or already practicing lawyer who wants to work in the public interest arena. The fellow will be hosted at Advancing Justice – Atlanta and funded by the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA).
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is the first legal and policy advocacy center dedicated to defending democracy for Asian Americans, immigrants and refugees in Georgia and the Southeast. Founded in 2010, Advancing Justice – Atlanta serves thousands of vulnerable and underserved people through its four core program areas of civic engagement, direct legal services, policy advocacy, and leadership development. Our vision is a social movement where AANHPIs, immigrants, and refugees are fully empowered, active in civic life, and working together to promote equity and fair treatment for all. Advancing Justice – Atlanta is one of five independent civil rights organizations that make up the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation.
The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA), formerly known as the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Georgia Chapter (NAPABA-GA), was founded in 1993 by a handful of core members who strove to establish a Georgia support network for Asian Pacific American attorneys and those interested in Asian American legal issues. Part of GAPABA’s core mission is to broaden professional opportunities for Asian Pacific American lawyers and law students, and to support the entrance and advancement of Asian Pacific Americans within the legal profession.
The fellow, hosted by Advancing Justice – Atlanta, will work with Advancing Justice – Atlanta and the broader Advancing Justice affiliation to provide direct services to the community (90%) and look for impact litigation opportunities (10%).
Conduct client intake, and prepare applications and petitions for submission to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Assess clients for other immigration-related needs and provide referrals as needed
Develop marketing and outreach plan for immigration services
Participate in community outreach and educational activities, including planning and conducting citizenship clinics and Know Your Rights presentations
Work in coalition with other organizations and collaborate with immigrant communities
Research and analyze law sources such as statutes, legal articles, and legal codes
Prepare legal documents such as memos, briefs, and motions
All Advancing Justice – Atlanta staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, outreach, and other office tasks.
Must commit to one full year starting FALL 2017
Proficiency in an Asian language (Vietnamese, Korean, Urdu/Hindi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Farsi) is preferred but not required.
Selection will be based on a variety of factors, including the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications, a demonstrated commitment to the public interest, especially issues relevant to AAPI communities and the New South, and past experience in one of Advancing Justice - Atlanta’s core program areas.
A one-page cover letter addressing the reason you are applying to the fellowship and how your past activities, volunteer work, personal life, and/or internships demonstrate your interest in public interest law, specifically as it relates to the AAPI community or to the project proposal you are submitting;
Resume, not to exceed one page;
A legal writing sample not to exceed 5 pages;
A list of three professional or academic references
Please submit all application materials as one pdf file to email@example.com. No phone calls please.
The Legal Fellow will start in August 2017 and work one full year to July 2018. Start date is negotiable. The fellow will receive a stipend of $40,000 and a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance.