Equal Justice Fellowship

Public Knowledge Opportunity to Submit Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application for 2022-2024 Term

 

Equal Justice Works has opened its application process for two-year fellowships that begin in September of 2022. Public Knowledge encourages rising third-year law students and others who qualify to submit an application for an EJW fellowship with Public Knowledge as a host. 

As explained below, the Applicant and Public Knowledge will then work together to present a final proposal to EJW by September 20.

Public Knowledge has a robust fellowship program and hosts fellows from various institutions each year with a variety of sponsors. Public Knowledge provides fellows with diverse and substantive experiences from legal research and writing to advocating before policymakers. Fellows also receive mentoring and are part of a peer group.

EJW requires applicants to design a new project that focuses on advocacy on behalf of disenfranchised individuals, groups, or issues not adequately represented in our legal system. Candidates must have a demonstrated interest in public interest work and internet and communications issues. Once we have chosen our EJW candidate, we will jointly work with the candidate to develop the candidate’s project into a joint proposal to be submitted to EJW by the September 20 deadline. 

Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works both in the U.S. and globally. We work to shape policy on behalf of the public interest. Learn more at publicknowledge.org

Applications must suggest projects that are within or closely related to Public Knowledge’s issue areas. More information on the application process can be found here.

If you are interested in applying with a Public Knowledge project, please fill out and submit this form to Public Knowledge. We will accept applications on a rolling basis but prioritize ones received before Monday, August 16.

If you are selected, Public Knowledge will work with you to support your application to EJW, and a new job description will be created. Applications are due to EJW on September 20, 2021. 


For your reference only, below is a general fellowship job description at Public Knowledge.

*SAMPLE — FOR REFERENCE ONLY*

Public Knowledge Fellowship Position Description

Position: Policy Fellow

Location: Washington, DC

Position Summary: The Fellow will promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by creating and executing strategies to promote an open internet; intellectual property rights that balance the interests of existing artists and creators with the need for emerging artists and innovators to make fair use of existing states of the arts; and competition in providing all kinds of communications services to the public. The Fellowship term is two years and will be served at Public Knowledge.  

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Provide input, strategy advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support:
    • promoting an open internet 
    • intellectual property rights that balance the interests of existing artists and creators with the need for emerging artists and innovators to make fair use of existing states of the arts
    • competition in providing all kinds of communications services to the public
  • Serve as lead author on advocacy arguments that support public interest positions.
  • Partner with internal government relations and communications staff to develop and execute strategy on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Communications Commission, and with other government agencies, while working in coalitions including other public interest groups in the U.S. and globally, as well as working with the press to explain the merits of our proposals.
  • Oversee, design, and facilitate the development of presentations for meetings with policymakers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.
  • Develop expertise in a select set of national, global, and where appropriate, state-based Internet technology or related policy issues.
  • Other responsibilities and tasks, as needed.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
  • Ability to digest and understand underlying legal or policy documents as a prerequisite to strategic and policy planning.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to think quickly and devise legislative and political strategies to attain a projected outcome.
  • Substantive knowledge of some communications law and policy issues.
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze data.

Attributes:

  • Demonstrated dedication to the fight for civil liberties, human rights, and a more open and competitive communications environment.
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements and messages to persuade, influence, or inform others, including public opinion leaders and the media.