Case Western Reserve University School of Law - CWRU First Amendment Clinic - Stanton Foundation Legal Fellow

14 Mar 2023 7:04 PM | Jeff Baker (Administrator)

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW'S First Amendment Clinic is now accepting applications for its Stanton Foundation Legal Fellowship. Applicants should be practitioners and/or recent law school graduates with some litigation experience, and have an interest in developing an expertise in litigating First Amendment issues. 

The fellow will work with the Director of the First Amendment Clinic with the goal of developing a deep grounding in free speech law and civil rights litigation while working with students and faculty working on First Amendment litigation. Non-litigation responsibilities may include advocacy, public speaking, blogging, media appearances, and administrative clinic support such as case intake, planning and managing events, and meeting with funders and other stakeholders.

Required Qualifications:

      Must be attending or have earned a Juris doctor degree from a United States law school and be admitted to the Ohio bar or otherwise available to be licensed in Ohio prior to June 2023.

      Committed to defending freedom of speech on a non-partisan basis. 

      Committed to the ethical practice of law in compliance with court rules and applicable Rules of Professional Conduct.

      Good communication skills including strong writing and analytical skills. 

      Ability to be self-motivated and focused. 

      Must demonstrate care and respect toward coworkers, clients, students, outside partners, members of the public, donors, and others with whom this role interacts.

      Must work to positively and collaboratively resolve conflicts and overcome challenges.

      Must be available and responsive to colleagues, outside partners and others over email, phone, and online chat, with the ability to respond and reliably to time-sensitive requests for assistance and opportunities during agreed upon working hours.

      A familiarity with First Amendment law is not required, but must be willing to commit to research and study to achieve competence in the clinic’s substantive areas.

This position is based in Cleveland, Ohio. The duration of the fellowship is 12 months, with the possibility of renewing for an additional 12 months. Start date is negotiable but ideally no later than August 2023.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, list of references, writing sample, and complete law school transcript to the attention of Sarah M. Polly at

This posting will remain open until filled.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis. Further information about the law school is available at


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