Interested in becoming an 2020 host organization?
Summer fellowship positions support a diverse set of future advocates. Our program educates law students about the changing landscape of legal service delivery. Equipping fellows with interdisciplinary skills and practical experience to readily address the complex issues that plague our civil justice system.
Our fellows benefit from the opportunity to learn alongside some of the most innovative leaders and organizations in the justice community. These experiences influences our fellows to critically assess how innovation in the justice system can and is being used to address legal accessibility issue. Over time, our program will produce a sustainable ecosystem of leaders specifically trained to make our civil justice system more accessible.
We partner with a diverse range of organizations, including legal aid, defenders associations, non-profit legal services programs, access to justice commissions, courts, bar associations, and more.
What Is Your Contribution?
To ensure a high-quality experience for both Fellows and Hosts, we ask host organizations to provide:
A defined project or set of projects that leverage technology, data, process improvement, and/or design-thinking to improve the delivery of legal services to marginalized communities.
A $5,000 Stipend for the summer Fellow and $1500 program Administrative Fee to the ATJ Tech Fellows Program.
A full-time workload (40 hours per week) for the fellow to work for 8-10 weeks.
Designated on-site work space for the Fellow; Fellows should not work remotely.
A dedicated supervisor who can meet with and provide feedback to the Fellow regularly throughout the summer. (e.g., weekly)
Opportunities to gain exposure to and skills legal services - or advocacy-related work.
Opportunities to gain exposure to the organization’s priorities and build networks within the organization. (e.g., attending staff meetings, participating in key meetings and events, interacting with staff at all levels)
Benefits of hosting a summer
In addition to getting access to a tech savvy millennial law student for the summer. Past host organizations have overwhelmingly expressed that hosting a summer Fellow has:
Improved organizational capacity to achieve project milestones.
Infused diverse ideas and perspectives within the project development team.
Improved the overall quality of the project solution.
Improved capacity to conduct community outreach and user testing.
Consider Hosting A 2020 Fellow
Are you seeking support in your organization for a innovation project or to provide extra capacity for your team to improve the delivery of legal services? Host a 2020 Summer Fellow!
Host organizations provide Fellows with opportunities to contribute to meaningful work and create space for professional growth and development. By hosting a Fellow, you are contributing to the development of a future justice leader and to the profession by accelerating the pace of future innovations in our justice system to gradually reduce those barriers standing in the way of equal access to justice for all.
The application period for hosting an ATJ Tech Fellow for the 4th fellowship cycle (May 2020-August 2020) is now open. The ATJ Tech Fellows will next be looking for organizations that can provide substantive work and active supervision to a law student fellow working on innovative projects geared to increase access to justice for marginalized communities for summer 2020.
What Kinds of Projects Do Fellows Work On?
Our 2019 Fellow, Breanna Blott joined the team at the Northwest Justice Project to help develop the Washington Family Law Forms Online – a project to provide free, accessible, online tools for people without lawyers to find and complete the forms they need to succeed in family court.
Do Hosts Need to Provide Compensation for Fellows?
Yes. The host organization is responsible for covering the $5,000 stipend for the summer Fellow in addition to the $1,500 program administration fee.
Most organizations earmark funds from their project grant to cover the cost to participate. Alternatively, some organizations have covered the cost directly from their operating budget. In rare cases, our staff will work with the organization to help them identify potential funding source, if the organization is unable to cover the cost to participate in the program.