The University of Michigan Law School and the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) are pleased to announce the Michigan Law Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellowship. This position is open to all interested 3Ls and is a full-time, one-year, fellowship. 

Salary is competitive at $73,307 annually (plus benefits). A geographic salary differential may be applied if the candidate resides somewhere other than the Bay Area, CA, Los Angeles, CA, or Washington, DC.

This position is eligible for 100% remote work for 2022. Candidates must reside in CA, AZ, RI, DC, VA, MD, NY, CO, or WI. It is possible that in 2023, NCYL will require people to work in an office, in which case they will need to be in a location where they can commute to our office in DC, Oakland, or Los Angeles regularly. We are actively engaging in this conversation as an organization and don’t know what remote work will look like in 2023.

NCYL (www.youthlaw.org) is a nonprofit law firm that amplifies youth power, dismantles racism and other structural inequities, and builds just policies, practices, and culture in support of young people. NCYL staff currently work in the following areas of law and policy: education, juvenile justice, immigration, child welfare, commercial sexual exploitation, adolescent health, reproductive health equity, and mental health. NCYL's 80 staff members utilize impact litigation, legislative and other policy advocacy, and direct services to ensure children across the country are treated with dignity and fairness.

The fellowship seeks enterprising, motivated applicants committed to improving the lives of marginalized children and youth. Successful applicants will demonstrate they can uphold the incredibly high standards set by former NCYL attorney and University of Michigan Law School graduate Fiza Quraishi. Quraishi served as a law clerk, law fellow and ultimately staff attorney at NCYL. As a litigator and policy advocate, she won critical access to services and public assistance for foster children. Quraishi was also a visionary who helped create NCYL's initiative to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children, which has become a national model.

Application

In order to be considered for the Fellowship, you will need to submit your application on Symplicity (#30973]) by Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 11:59PM. Your application must include a cover letter that indicates any preference for the subject matter of the advocacy you hope to pursue; a copy of your resume; three references; a writing sample; and an essay answering the following question (in 750 words or less): Please explain why you want to be a child advocate, how your background/experiences position you to contribute to the field, and why you want to be at NCYL.

Selection

A committee of appointed faculty will select three finalists to be interviewed by NCYL for the final selection as the Michigan Law Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellow. Applicants will be considered based on demonstrated commitment to public service and adherence to the criteria in the above description. Qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of at-risk youth
  • Commitment to working in, and contributing to, a diverse workplace
  • Excellent legal analysis and writing skills
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple, complex projects and meet multiple deadlines.

Questions

If you have any questions about the Michigan Law Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellowship, you can reach Emily Bretz, Public Interest Director, at ebretz@umich.edu . You can also contact Atasi Uppal, Attorney, National Center for Youth Law, at auppal@youthlaw.org.

NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Applicants of color and those who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.