TakeRoot Justice Seeks 2022 Legal Fellowship Candidates
TakeRoot Justice is accepting applications for sponsorship for post-graduate legal fellowships starting in the fall of 2022 (applications to fellowship foundations due fall 2021). TakeRoot Justice specifically seeks a fellow to work on a project developed by our Immigrants’ Rights practice.
TakeRoot Justice seeks rising third–year law students, recent law graduates with judicial clerkships beginning in the fall and those currently clerking to sponsor for two–year public interest law fellowships offered by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, and similar programs. Please note that we are not a host placement for Immigrant Justice Corps fellows.
About TakeRoot Justice
TakeRoot Justice provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression. TakeRoot Justice employs a unique model of partnership with grassroots and community–based groups. Our partners take the lead in determining the priorities and goals for our work and advance our understanding of justice. This upends the traditional power dynamics between communities and service providers. We believe in a theory of change where short-term and individual successes help build the capacity and power of our partners, who in turn can have longer– term impact on policies, laws and systems that affect their communities. Our work has greater impact because it is done in connection with organizing, building power and leadership development. We believe that community organizing should be at the center of any effort to create sustainable, systemic change. TakeRoot Justice has a long history of partnering with grassroots and community–based organizations that build leadership and power within New York City’s low–income communities, particularly communities of color, immigrant communities and others who are traditionally excluded from policymaking. Only true democracy will achieve the progressive change we need to end systemic oppression. We model our internal structure on anti–oppressive and democratic principles in order to create an environment that mirrors the progressive change we pursue through our work.
About the Immigrants’ Rights Practice
We believe in the freedom of movement for all people. We understand that the foundation of our immigration system lies in the exclusion, surveillance, detention, and exploitation of people of color. By partnering with grassroots, community-based organizations and city and state-wide coalitions, we help immigrants of color build their power to fight against unjust laws and create space for immigrant communities to thrive. Our team works side-by-side with our partners to conduct legal clinics for their staff and members, and provides full representation on asylum, SIJS, U & T visas, VAWA, TPS, DACA, family–based petitions and removal defense cases. We believe that an informed and organized community is a safe community. In order to support community-based strategies for safety, we work alongside our partners to offer KYRs workshops on law enforcement interactions, curriculum development, and assistance navigating ICE arrests and detentions. We help keep our partners informed by providing community education on changing laws and the forms of relief most relevant to immigrant communities based on their shared experiences.
Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works and similar organizations provide fellowships to graduating law students or outgoing judicial clerks who seek to begin their careers at public interest law offices like TakeRoot Justice, which sponsors the fellowship candidate. Applicants focused on working with Black immigrant communities and community partners, and/or experience working with our other current organizing partners, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must either be admitted to the New York Bar or sitting for the New York Bar no later than July 2022, COVID permitting. Applicants with foreign language abilities, especially Bengali, French, Haitian Creole, Nepali, Spanish and/or Tagalog, are encouraged to apply.
TakeRoot Justice is interested in sponsoring candidates who either already have a vision for their project or would like to work with TakeRoot Justice staff to develop a new proposal. Any proposal must consider TakeRoot Justice’s model of partnering with community–based organizations. A list of our current partners can be found on our website at www.takerootjustice.org.
Interested applicants who are eligible for the fellowships described above (i.e., rising third–year law students, those with clerkships beginning in fall 2021 or recent law graduates currently clerking), should send, in a single PDF document, a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should include a brief description of the applicant’s interest in being considered for sponsorship by the TakeRoot Justice, any proposal for a project connected with community organizing (although such a proposal is not required), and any prior experience that they may have had in the area of immigrant rights.
Please note: this is not a job posting.
General application materials will not be considered. Send the requested documents by e–mail with the words “Fellowships 2022” in the subject line to Nadia Qurashi at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will consider applications on a rolling basis until August 23, 2021. Contact Information: TakeRoot Justice, 123 William Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY, 10038, Attn: Fellowships 2021.
TakeRoot Justice is an equal opportunity employer. TakeRoot Justice encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low–income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve. This is a bargaining unit position and any successful fellow would be a member of the UAW/NOLSW Local 2320 with conditions of employment subject to a collective bargaining agreement.