CREEC Fellowship

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center announces its first annual CREEC Fellowship, and is accepting applications for the one-year 2017-2018 Fellowship.

While this will be an annual fellowship, we believe that our mission and the tools we use to promote it – advocacy; litigation; public education; investigation — became all the more important following the recent election.  This first year especially, we are looking for someone willing to roll up their sleeves and join the fight against attempts to roll back civil rights.

CREEC is civil rights non-profit that specializes in high impact litigation and advocacy fighting all forms of exclusion and discrimination in order to obtain effective and enduring systemic reforms that redeem the promise of fairness embodied in our nation’s civil rights laws.  The CREEC Fellowship is an opportunity for a recent law school graduate, law clerk, or returning lawyer to contribute creatively to the work of a small civil rights non-profit staffed by lawyers with decades of experience in civil rights advocacy and litigation in a broad range of areas.  The Fellow will also work with grassroots groups and co-counsel at partner public interest and private pro bono law firms, and gain experience in all phases of CREEC’s work, including advocacy, litigation, public education and outreach, investigations, brainstorming, and playing with the office dogs.

The Fellowship will pay $55,000 plus health insurance, retirement plan, and free parking.  You should be a member in good standing of a state bar or planning to take the bar or reinstate your license before you start.  The Fellow will work out of CREEC’s Denver office.  

All applications are welcome.  We particularly encourage applications from people who fall into these (and other) often-overlooked groups:

  • people who have experienced discrimination or are members of groups protected by our civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age;
  • first generation college graduates;
  • returning lawyers, that is, lawyers who did something else for a while but want to dust off their license and learn how to enforce civil rights protections;
  • veterans or military service members; or
  • applicants with substantive ideas for cases or programs that will advance CREEC’s mission.

Our mission is to ensure that everyone can participate in our nation’s civic and community life on a full, equal, and independent basis without exclusion or discrimination.  We promote this mission through impact litigation, outreach, testing, and education.  Your application will have a greater chance if you can tell us how you will contribute to this mission and these tools.

Your application should include:

  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Writing sample (anything as long as you wrote it, largely unedited by others);
  • References;
  • Cover letter telling us specifically why you think you’re ideal for this fellowship and how you can contribute enthusiastically to CREEC’s mission; and
  • Anything else you would like us to consider: blog posts; apps; computer games; Peep dioramas; webinars; inventions; photos from the protest you organized; etc.

Please submit those materials to fellowship@creeclaw.org before December 31, 2016.

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