The Bertha Justice Fellowship at the Center for Constitutional Rights is a two year program for emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in gaining both practical experience working on cutting-edge social justice litigation and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. The Center for Constitutional Rights typically hosts four Bertha Justice Fellows.
The Bertha Justice Fellows will have an opportunity to work on a broad range of our cases and projects often challenging oppressive and intersecting systems of power -- including challenging racial oppression, gender oppression including hetero-patriarchy, economic repression and abusive state power. Our work focuses on racial justice, immigrant rights, combating mass incarceration and economic inequality, gender justice and the struggle for LGBT liberation, international human rights, protecting the right to dissent and the struggle to free Palestine, and addressing government overreach, including the Guantánamo detentions, surveillance and Muslim profiling.
Bertha Justice Fellows are sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In addition to gaining legal experience on our cases, Bertha Justice Fellows will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings, (2) network with lawyers from around the world and (3) receive additional mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, media and advocacy, activism and movement building.
We offer opportunities for Bertha Justice Fellowship positions every two years. Openings are recruited for nearly one year in advance from September to approximately December, with the upcoming class of Bertha Justice Fellows hired by January and starting in September. Please see the job listing(when applicable) for more information and instructions on submitting an online application.
Current Class of Bertha Justice Fellows
The current (2018-2020) Bertha Justice Fellows are Lupe Aguirre, Aya Saed, Astha Sharma Pokharel, and Brittany Thomas.
Previous Bertha Justice Fellows were:
- 2016-2018: Stephanie Llanes, Britney Wilson, and Noor Zafar.
- 2014-2016: Zachery Morris, Somalia Samuel and Omar Shakir
- 2012-2014: Susan Hu, Jessica Lee, and Chauniqua Young