Relman Colfax is accepting applications through November 1, 2021, for a two-year Civil Rights Fellowship, to commence on or about September 1, 2022.  The Fellowship will provide recent law school graduates the opportunity to become familiar and work closely with civil rights litigation and counseling work. The Fellowship will be located in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office, with a salary scale based on year of law school graduation.

Relman Colfax is a national civil rights law firm, with a litigation practice focused on combating discrimination and obtaining equity, including in the areas of housing, lending, employment, public accommodations, education, and police accountability. Our practice includes individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs who have experienced discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, age, familial status, and source of income.

The Firm also provides legal counsel to progressive financial institutions, Internet-based companies, housing providers, local governments, and nonprofits wishing to be industry leaders on civil rights compliance. We conduct internal investigations and provide counseling regarding consumer protection, privacy, lending, employment, whistleblower, and federal regulatory matters. Our practice also includes analysis and strategy regarding public policy issues and proposed legislation affecting civil rights.

Applicants are required to have a J.D. degree by the end of Spring 2022, and either have been admitted to the bar of any state or be scheduled to take a bar examination by the summer of 2022.  Additional desirable qualities include a demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil rights and/or racial justice, excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills. 

The successful candidate will conduct legal research, analysis, and writing to support litigation and/or counseling work; conduct factual investigations; draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions and briefs; interview witnesses and potential clients; participate in client calls and meetings; participate in discovery; conduct/defend depositions and perform other duties as assigned.

Detailed applications procedures can be found here.

Relman Colfax is an equal opportunity employer that maintains a supportive, equitable environment. We encourage applications from all individuals without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, familial status, family responsibilities, age, personal appearance, matriculation, disability, medical condition, genetic information, political affiliation, military or veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. We encourage applications from people who identify with historically underserved or underrepresented communities.  The Firm provides reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. Any applicant who needs an accommodation in the application process should contact: accommodations@relmanlaw.com.

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