Wolinsky Fellow

Disability Rights Advocates Seeks Candidates for Wolinsky Fellowship (Sept 2017 to Sept 2019)

With offices in California and New York, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is one of the leading nonprofit disability rights legal centers in the nation. DRA provides free legal representation to people with the full spectrum of disabilities in complex, system-change class-action cases. Founded in 1993, DRA has taken on and won hundreds of cases—achieving dramatic improvements for people with disabilities seeking health care, employment, transportation, education, disaster preparedness planning, voting and housing. DRA is seeking a Wolinsky Fellow, whose fellowship would begin in September 2017, who shares our vision of creating a society that strives towards justice and fairness for all. For more information on DRA’s mission and impact visit www.dralegal.org.

Position Overview

DRA seeks applicants from law students who will graduate in spring 2017, judicial law clerks, or recent law school graduates for our prestigious two-year Sid Wolinsky Fellowship. Candidates should have a demonstrated interest and passion for disability rights law. DRA will evaluate candidates for the Wolinsky Fellowship in DRA’s Berkeley and New York offices.

This DRA fellowship is funded through the support of numerous generous DRA donors and named in honor of DRA’s co-founder Sid Wolinsky—a 50-year public interest law veteran and recipient of numerous awards—for his commitment to civil rights.

For over five decades, Sid Wolinsky has used the law as a tool for challenging discrimination and securing equal rights for people with disabilities and low-income communities. Sid’s vigilance in public interest law, including his mentorship to thousands of law students pursuing public interest careers, has been recognized by the California State Bar. He received the State Bar’s lifetime achievement award – the 2011 Loren Miller Award – for his commitment to positive social change.

DRA has an established commitment to mentoring and training the best young lawyers to practice law in the public interest. DRA has sponsored over 30 fellowships since its inception in 1993, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and other fellowships supported by generous DRA donors. DRA fellows get unparalleled experience and are provided with immediate opportunities to participate in all aspects of public interest litigation. This experience is invaluable –all of DRA’s past fellows have gone on to successful careers, almost all in public interest law. Fellowship Attorney positions are full-time positions in DRA’s Berkeley and New York offices. Fellowship Attorneys will report to DRA’s litigation directors.

Required Qualifications

• Commitment to the mission and vision of DRA
• Superior legal research and writing skills
• Strong communication skills to, among other things, maintain and establish professional relationships, including with clients, co-counsel and opposing counsel
• Excellent work management skills, including the ability to track and meet deadlines and to work well under pressure
• Strong work ethic paired with the ability to adapt quickly to changing situations and circumstances
• Excellent academic credentials

Application Procedures

DRA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. People with disabilities, people of color, women, and people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. The Fellowship will begin in September 2017. To apply, please send the following to fellows@dralegal.org:

1. Cover letter describing your interest in applying for the Wolinsky Fellowship
2. Resume
3. Law school transcript
4. References
5. Writing sample

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.