Berkey Williams Public Interest Indian Law Fellowship Program 2015-2016
Berkey Williams LLP (Berkeley, CA)
Position Type: Fellowship
Practice Area(s): Indian/Native American
Geographic Preference: West (CA, HI, NV, UT, CO, MT, WY)
Berkey Williams LLP (BW) established the Public Interest Indian Law Fellowship Program in 2005. The aims of the Fellowship are to encourage recent law graduates to work in the field of American Indian law and to provide the Fellows with an opportunity to pursue public interest projects in Indian country. The Fellow is encouraged to develop innovative legal strategies for projects which may not traditionally be feasible endeavors for a private law firm. The Firm’s intent is to provide bright, creative law graduates with the time and resources to tackle public interest, social justice, and related issues in Indian country. The Fellowship intends to contribute to the development of public interest Indian law leaders of the future, whatever their career paths might be.
About Berkey Williams
The firm is a private, for-profit partnership with a significant public interest focus. The firm has four attorneys and two paralegals in Berkeley, California, one attorney in Washington, DC, and one attorney in New York. The firm works exclusively for Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Natural resources protection, environmental justice, water and fishing rights, recovery of ancestral lands, cultural resources, tribal sovereignty, self-governance, economic development, Indian child welfare, employment, and health care are representative areas of work. More information may be found on the firm’s web site: www.berkeywilliams.com.
About the Fellowship
The one-year Fellowship offers a competitive salary, full benefits, training, flexibility in balancing work and a private life, and the opportunity to work with experienced attorneys in an established firm focused exclusively on serving Indian tribes and tribal organizations. The Fellow will work in the California office. The Fellowship begins in September, 2015, with some flexibility depending upon the candidate’s schedule. Berkey Williams is committed to recruiting attorneys who will bring a variety of experiences to the firm’s clients, and to supporting them by providing the resources necessary to building a strong career in Indian law. The projects on which a Fellow might work are subject to the creativity of the Fellow and the needs or demands of a particular client tribe or tribal organization.
Qualifications and Selection Criteria
Applications are encouraged from recent law graduates with a demonstrated commitment to Indian law. Preference is given to candidates, both Indian and non-Indian, who demonstrate personal or professional experience with Indian communities. High academic achievements are certainly considered, but they are weighed with other equally significant factors: personal accomplishments, professional goals, cultural competence, and the capacity to work conscientiously and independently as needed. Candidates with interest in specific public interest projects are encouraged to bring their proposals to the firm. Candidates are encouraged to seek their own funding as well, as the firm’s ability to offer the fellowship is contingent on funding. Membership in the California Bar, or the Bar of another state, though not essential, is a significant factor in the firm’s evaluation of candidates.
Applying for the Fellowship
Interested law graduates should send a resume and a writing sample to Gloria Coronado, Administrative Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2015.
Desired Class Level: RECENT GRADS
Posting Date: October 17, 2014
Expiration Date: December 31, 2014
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Resume Receipt: E-mail, Other (see below)
Default email for resumes.: email@example.com
How To Apply: Interested law graduates should send a resume and a writing sample to Gloria Coronado, Administrative Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2015.
Additional Documents: Cover Letter, Writing Sample, Other Documents
Requested Document Notes: Interested law graduates should send a resume and a writing sample to Gloria Coronado, Administrative Assistant, at email@example.com. No phone calls please. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2015.