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Korematsu Center Seeks Advocacy Fellow
November 2, 2021 | Alison Pagan

Seattle University is recruiting for the Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLC Advocacy Fellow, in the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, in the School of Law.  This 18-month fellowship is scheduled to begin in January 2022 (date negotiable) and will report to the Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center.  Annualized compensation, not including benefits, is $65,000.00.  

The Korematsu Center advances justice and equality through research, advocacy, and education.  Its advocacy work includes involvement in civil rights litigation and policy; its research includes work on book projects and other scholarship; and its education efforts include its work with students and outreach to the general public. 

The Center engages in various forms of advocacy, including serving as counsel in affirmative civil litigation, representing individuals in post-conviction petitions, and filing amicus briefs in state and federal court on relevant civil rights and criminal justice issues. Recent notable work by the Center includes: success at trial challenging Arizona ban on ethnic studies programs; two civil lawsuits filed in Alaska challenging use of psychiatric medication and hospitalization of Native Alaskan children in foster care; representation of prisoners in post-conviction petitions seeking to overturn unconstitutional sentences based on juvenile and late adolescent conduct; and amicus briefs filed in various district and circuit courts, and the United States Supreme Court, challenging the Executive Branch’s exercise of power related to immigration (travel ban, DACA rescission) and use of the census.

For further information about the Korematsu Center, see the Center’s website, http://www.law.seattleu.edu/centers-and-institutes/korematsu-center.

This advocacy fellowship represents the Korematsu Center’s commitment to helping to train aspiring civil rights advocates and to providing a pathway for those seeking to transition into the field. The fellowship is designed for an attorney who has practiced for at least three years, with the goal of helping the fellow to develop the skills and understanding of civil rights law and litigation to prepare for a future career promoting social justice. While not a teaching fellowship, the experience gained could position the fellow to apply for teaching positions at the close of the fellowship.  

Seattle University School of Law educates ethical lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding professional skills and their dedication to law in the service of justice. Faculty, students, and staff form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world. The Law School’s commitment to academic distinction is grounded in its Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection, and concern for personal growth. Innovation, creativity, and technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program, which prepares lawyers for a wide range of successful and rewarding careers in law, business, and public service. 

For more information, including how to apply, click here.