EJS 2018 Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship
Equal Justice Society

Equal Justice Society is seeking committed civil rights advocates to apply for its 2018-2020 Judge Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship, named after the first African American woman to serve on the federal bench.


Applicants should demonstrate experience in civil rights advocacy and a commitment to racial and social justice. A strong background in legal research and writing is essential, as the Fellow will be an active member of the Legal Team and participate in the development and execution of our legal strategy. Additionally, the Fellow will interact with other departments and think strategically about how their work can enhance our legal strategy.

Applicants for the 18-month, paid fellowship should be recent law school graduates with no more than five years of work experience after law school. Admission to the California Bar is required. The position is based in our Oakland office and runs from Fall 2018 to mid-2020, with some flexibility in dates.


Annual salary of $55,000-$57,000, plus benefits, which include medical and ancillary benefits (dental, vision, professional development, and payment of bar dues).

Application Instructions

Please email (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) writing sample (a legal memorandum that is no more than 15 pages – we prefer drafts that have not been heavily edited), and (4) a list of three references (including past supervisors of your work) to jobs@equaljusticesociety.org with “Motley Fellowship Application” in the subject line.

Applications must be received in our office by October 15, 2018. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged.

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