On February 11th, DRLC filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill California patients to obtain aid in dying from their physician. The plaintiffs, consisting of patients and doctors, are asking the court to declare that physicians who provide a prescription for medication to a mentally competent terminally ill patient should not be subject to criminal prosecution under existing California law.
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Disability Rights Legal Center is a private, nonprofit legal advocacy organization that champions the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy and litigation. DRLC’s litigation staff bring impact litigation at the trial court level, work on U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state appellate cases. DRLC also engages in significant non-litigation work, including working with state-based and national advocacy organizations, providing technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws that address the rights of people with disabilities, hosting national conferences, and crafting publications on cutting edge disability rights issues.
DRLC is seeking applicants for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Soros or any other applicable fellowships to begin fall 2013. DRLC has been successful in securing these prestigious post-law school fellowships; we have had three Skadden and two Equal Justice fellows, as well as Loyola Public Interest Law Fellows.
DRLC is interested in sponsoring a fellowship project in any of our core areas, including discrimination in government services and programs, housing, juvenile and/or criminal justice systems, education, and cancer rights. Please review the DRLC webpage to learn more about current pending litigation and other projects at DRLC.
Applicants should be rising third-year law students or recent law school graduates with excellent academic credentials and strong research and writing skills. Related experience and/or judicial clerkship experience is a plus.
Based on fellowship award amount.
Kirkland & Ellis Justice Fellowship
DRLC’s Kirkland & Ellis Justice Fellowship is awarded every two years to a law school graduate to pursue public interest work for two years as a staff attorney with DRLC in Los Angeles. The Fellow is selected on the basis of personal integrity and the potential to make a positive contribution towards enhancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. All applications must be received by 5:00 pm (PST) on Friday, May 31, 2013. Finalists will be notified the beginning of June and interviews will be conducted the week of June 17, 2013. Start date is September/October 2013. For more information or to apply, please click here.
Other Application Instructions
For more information on the fellowships, see http://www.skaddenfellowships.org/ and http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/fellows/mainpage.php. The deadline for fellowship applications is early Fall. However, DRLC will make its decision as to which candidate(s) to sponsor no later than August 15, 2012. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship with the DRLC, please contact us as soon as possible but no later than July 31, 2012. Please contact us by email, fax or mail (no phone calls).
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