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2024-25 Externally Funded Legal Fellowship

  • Full Time
  • Start Date: 8/26/2024

The Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C. seeks appli­cants for a pub­lic inter­est legal fel­low­ship to begin in the fall of 2024. 

The Death Penalty Information Center is a nation­al non-prof­it edu­ca­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion that serves the media and the pub­lic by pub­lish­ing in-depth reports; track­ing death sen­tences, exon­er­a­tions, death war­rants, exe­cu­tions, and appel­late devel­op­ments; and pro­vid­ing accu­rate infor­ma­tion and fact-based analy­sis on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in the United States. DPIC has been cit­ed thou­sands of times in court opin­ions, attor­ney briefs, research arti­cles, and news sto­ries.  

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Legal Fellow will research cut­ting edge issues in the admin­is­tra­tion of the death penal­ty. Fellows track and write con­tent for DPIC’s web­site on issues such as pros­e­cu­to­r­i­al mis­con­duct, new leg­is­la­tion, and Supreme Court rul­ings, as well as con­tribute to major DPIC projects and reports. DPIC seeks can­di­dates who are able to secure exter­nal fund­ing through their law school, a foun­da­tion, or anoth­er source. DPIC will work with the can­di­date to com­plete the nec­es­sary appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als. 

The Fellow will be a full mem­ber of the staff, par­tic­i­pat­ing in week­ly staff meet­ings, peri­od­ic staff retreats, and dis­cus­sions about orga­ni­za­tion­al plan­ning and pri­or­i­ties. The Legal Fellow may work with law stu­dents, under­grad­u­ate interns, pro bono vol­un­teers, and exter­nal part­ners on col­lab­o­ra­tive projects. We strong­ly encour­age can­di­dates from under­rep­re­sent­ed com­mu­ni­ties to apply.

The Fellow could work remote­ly or onsite at DPIC’s Washington, DC office with a pref­er­ence for some in-per­son avail­abil­i­ty. The Fellow must reside in DC, Virginia, or Maryland.

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