Northeastern University School of Law - Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellow

13 Jan 2022 3:39 PM | Jeff Baker (Administrator)

NORTHEASTERN UNVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW seeks applicants for the Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellowship.

About the Opportunity:

The Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ), housed at the Northeastern University School of Law, is the premier academic program in the country examining current racial inequities through the lens of history and seeking creative reparative justice. CRRJ investigates, publicizes, and remediates historical cases of racially motivated violence. It has built the most comprehensive archive in the country on these matters. Founded in 2007, CRRJ’s project is unique in its combination of rigorous research and community engagement. CRRJ’s mission is to: (1) develop an on-line archive on racial violence during the Jim Crow era; (2) train civil and human rights lawyers through curricular offerings and advising; (3) design national, state and local reparative projects and training materials; (4) serve as a clearinghouse for legislative and non-governmental policymakers in the field of historical injustice; and (5) support innovative research on historical racial violence, criminal justice reform, and reparative justice.

The Elizabeth Zitrin Justice Fellow is a clinical fellowship that offers opportunities for professional development in the fields of civil rights, criminal justice, and restorative justice. The Fellow teaches and mentors law students, develops courses and course material and contributes to advocacy-oriented programs and projects.

The Elizabeth Zitrin Clinical Fellow supports CRRJ’s on-going academic, governmental, and community-based projects. The work includes but is not limited to:

- Teaching seminars

- Working closely with students on research, law and policy analysis, and lawyering skills

- Overseeing volunteers and interns

- Organizing research colloquia, conferences, seminars

- Training governmental employees, researchers, lawyers, and advocates in the field of racial justice, criminal justice, and historical injustice

- Undertaking research for the CRRJ docket and archive

- Developing and implementing advocacy strategies, including litigation

- Conducting studies and producing reports

- Representing CRRJ at conferences

- Assisting in management of CRRJ’s web resources

- Administrative tasks

Under the supervision of Faculty Directors Margaret Burnham and Rose Zoltek-Jick, the Fellow helps to execute CRRJ’s program and expand its work. As part of the Northeastern University community, the Fellow is encouraged to take advantage of a range of academic seminars and programs, and to become fully integrated into the intellectual community of the School of Law, attending faculty colloquia and similar events, and interacting with faculty and auditing courses. The Fellow will also receive mentoring in the development of teaching skills and academic scholarship from both the Faculty Directors and the Director of Clinical Programs at the law school.

This one-year appointment is renewable for a second year, subject to performance and CRRJ needs.


Manage CRRJ Clinic and Students:

•Supervise students handling CRRJ cases on a day-to-day basis

•Help improve students’ lawyering skills, legal research and writing, factual research and interviewing

•Review student drafts, prepare students for oral presentations, and assist students with case development

•An active participant in all clinic activities, including case rounds and seminars.

•Develop appropriate cases for the clinic, and handle the caseload when the clinic is over.

Managing CRRJ Docket and Programs: 

•Conduct legal research and pursue appropriate legal remedies to respond to the needs of CRRJ constituents, including families and communities.

•Work closely with lawyers and researchers on civil rights and criminal justice issues


Required Qualifications:

Licensed to practice law in a US jurisdiction with one to three years of experience working in civil rights or criminal justice, in litigation, government practice, or academic research.

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have outstanding academic credentials; a demonstrated interest in civil rights, racial justice, criminal justice, or restorative justice; strong oral and written communication skills; strong skills and appetite for research; excellent work ethic; time management skills; ability to work independently and on multiple projects simultaneously in diverse legal areas. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to a participatory, collaborative, inclusive work environment with a proven ability to contribute to a workgroup of students, staff, volunteers, and faculty that is multi-racial, multi-generational, gender diverse, and includes people with disabilities. Experience supervising students is a plus.

Additional Information

Please provide a cover letter, list of references, CV, and writing sample in your application.

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