Diversity Task Force Summer Law Fellowships

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is seeking up to three (3) Minority Law Fellows to actively intern with exceptional, experienced, criminal defense attorney members for up to eight (8) weeks working in a criminal defense law practice.

About the Fellowship

The purpose of the fellowship is to advance diversity in the criminal defense community by giving law school students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to gain experience in a criminal defense law practice. The 2015 fellowship locations are Washington, D.C., New York, NY, and Baton Rouge, LA.  Each Fellow will receive a weekly stipend of $500.00.

Interested applicants must 1) be law students in good academic standing enrolled in an ABA accredited law school at the time the application is submitted; 2) submit a personalized cover letter that addresses a) a first & second placement preference and b) why the applicant wants to be a NACDL Fellow; 3) submit a 1-2 page resume; 4) fully complete the entry form, available at www.nacdl.org/diversityfellowship/entryform2015 (PDF); and 5) email a completed application package to Daniel Weir at dweir@nacdl.org by January 20, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. EST. To confirm receipt of submission, contact Daniel Weir. Other questions? Contact Geneva Vanderhorst at genevalaw@yahoo.com, attention: NACDL Fellowship.

Download an entry form. (PDF)


NACDL, located in Washington, D.C., is the nation’s preeminent bar association, with members in every state and from many nations, serving the criminal defense profession and is committed to serving a diverse and inclusive community of lawyers.  NACDL’s mission is to: Ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime ... Foster the integrity, independence and expertise of the criminal defense profession ... Promote the proper and fair administration of criminal justice.  It provides opportunities for attorneys to connect, share information and learn from one another.

One of NACDL’s goals is to increase the number of young lawyers, women, and people of color practicing criminal defense. A disproportionate number of criminal defendants come from minority communities.  It is, therefore, imperative that criminal defense attorneys be able to move our criminal justice system towards a better understanding of language, culture, customs, and economic conditions that correspond to our clients.  By attracting more diverse members to the criminal defense bar, we will increase the likelihood that our clients’ racial, ethnic, and personally diverse histories will be explained and portrayed more accurately to prosecutors, juries and judges because those diverse attorneys can teach what they already understand about what it means to be diverse in a majority society. To learn more about NACDL’s programs and projects visit www.nacdl.org.

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