California International Law Center
UC Human Rights Fellowship
CILC is pleased to host the UC Human Rights Fellowship competition among UC Davis registered students. The fellowship enables each student recipient to carry out clearly defined fieldwork, domestically or internationally, with human rights organizations related to the student's area of study. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the work of human rights organizations while also gaining practical experience that may influence the students' areas of research or academic focus. The fellowship program welcomes multi-disciplinary approaches to human rights fieldwork. Students are encouraged to publish the results of their fieldwork. Preference is given to graduate students and returning students. Deadline for applications for summer 2014 is March 1, 2014 at 4 PM.
2014 UC Human Rights Fellowship Application
John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship
The University of California, Davis, School of Law is pleased to announce the 2014 John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship! The awards will be made in partnership with the John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Foundation, established by former law clerks of Justice Stevens. Two fellowships are available to support students' work in public interest law, either within the United States or abroad, during the summer of 2014. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000. The Stevens Fellowships will recognize chosen students' commitment to public service and their potential for excellence throughout their legal careers. Deadline for applications for summer 2014 is March 1, 2014 at 4 PM.
2014 UC Human Rights Fellowship Application
- John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship Appli cation
- John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship FAQs
2013 UC HUMAN RIGHTS FELLOWS
Imron Bhatti '14 | Accountability Counsel in Delhi, India
Mr. Bhatti will be working with San Francisco-based non-profit Accountability Counsel, supporting their case work and policy advocacy in India. This project will focus on assisting Indian communities affected by human rights and environmental impacts of internationally financed agribusiness, infrastructure, and resource extraction projects. Mr. Bhatti will build community capacity to effectively access accountability mechanisms while supporting policy advocacy to ensure that these mechanisms are accessible, transparent, and fair tools for justice.
Anita Mukherji '14 | East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, San Francisco
As an intern at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant in Berkeley, Ms. Mukherji will participate in all stages of representation for affirmative asylum applicants, culminating in representing them at the San Francisco Asylum Office. Her caseload will include a diverse range of clients from around the world who are fleeing persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. East Bay Sanctuary Covenant addresses urgent public interest and human rights issues by providing pro bono representation to low-income and indigent immigrants and refugees so that they are not placed in removal proceedings, and are given a pathway to citizenship.
2013 JOHN PAUL STEVENS PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWS
Elizabeth Ballart '14 | Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
In partnership with the Disability Rights Program of the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC), Ms. Ballart’s project will address the needs of low-income workers with hidden disabilities for reasonable accommodations. Despite federal and state anti-discrimination laws, people with disabilities represent the poorest minority in the nation and California, and they face persistent discrimination in the workplace. Workers with hidden disabilities like cancer, diabetes, and psychiatric disorders encounter particular challenges when they seek necessary and often modest reasonable accommodations at their jobs. To empower workers with hidden disabilities, Ms. Ballart will create and disseminate self-advocacy materials and provide direct legal services to workers with disabilities through LAS-ELC’s Workers’ Rights Clinic and represent workers at administrative hearings.
Anna von Herrmann '14 | American Civil Liberties Union on the LGBT and AIDS Project, New York
Ms. von Herrmann will be working as a law clerk with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) LGBT and AIDS Project in their national office in New York, NY. She will contribute to the Project’s impact litigation work in a large variety of LGBT rights areas, from employment discrimination to marriage equality. She will be conducting civil rights legal research, draft briefs and pleadings, research prospects for new litigation, and contribute to LGBT and AIDS public education materials. Ms. von Herrmann’s work will directly impact the ACLU’s goal of increasing legal recognition of the constitutional rights of LGBT individuals.
2012 UC HUMAN RIGHTS FELLOWS
Monica Crooms | Legal Aid Foundation, Los Angeles, California
Victims in Hiding: Identifying Immigration Challenges for Victims of Torture and Human trafficking, Eligible for Relief
Ms. Crooms worked with the Battered Immigrant Women's Project and the Torture Survivors Project at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Both projects offered the opportunity to provide direct assistance to Southern California's community of refugees, asylees, trafficking victims and victims of domestic abuse, through outreach, and applying for legal resettlement in the United States. IN addition to planning and coordinating targeted outreach events to identify victims, she worked to provide legal immigration benefits and deportation defense in federal immigration court.
Hannah Labaree '12 | Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, Alabama
In partnership with Equal Justice Initiative, this project will focus on providing post-conviction legal representation to people denied fair treatment under the law, in capital and non-capital cases. With no statewide public defender system, Alabama's indigent defendants experience a multiple of injustices, many centered around racial bias. Through the appeals process, the Equal Justice Initiative uses litigation as a means to restore a balance to the criminal justice system in Alabama and elsewhere in the Deep South, and community education to foster understanding and compassion about the nature of that system.
2012 JOHN PAUL STEVENS PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWS
Nienke Schouten | East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
Nienke Schouten worked with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant to provide legal support to asylum seekers.
Miles Prince | ACLU Foundation of Southern California
Miles Prince spent his summer working on the Seth Walsh Student Rights Project with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.
2011 UC HUMAN RIGHTS FELLOWS
Joanna Cuevas Ingram '12 | The Center for Constitutional Rights, New York
Litigating Accountability: Human Rights Law in U.S. and International Forums
Partnering with the Center for Constitutional Rights, this project analyzes how CCR’s litigation, education, and outreach strategies work together to enforce international and domestic rights protections—while maintaining accountability to diverse clients and community-based human rights movements. Legal work will be conducted in several of the following areas: international investigations into war crimes and acts of torture; global efforts to close the Guantánamo detention center; litigation in domestic courts to hold corporations accountable for international wrongs under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS); and investigations into racial profiling practices in immigration and national security policies and programs.
Jihan A. Kahssay '12 | United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Resettlement of Eritrean Refugees
In partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees field office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this project will assist the Eritrean refugee community in Ethiopia by identifying and assisting qualifying Eritrean refugees to resettle in third countries.
UC Human Rights Fellow Jihan Kahssay, who spent a summer with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Resettlement Unit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2011 JOHN PAUL STEVENS PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOW
Miles Hogan '12 | Sierra Club - San Francisco, CA
Climate Recovery Agenda litigation
2010 UC HUMAN RIGHTS FELLOWS
Elica Vafaie '11 | Center for Constitutional Rights, New York
International Human Rights & Guantánamo Project
This project partners with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to assist with their International Human Rights and Guantánamo docket. Legal work will be conducted in the following areas: litigation to hold corporations accountable for their international wrong-doing in domestic courts; utilization of the Alien Torts Statute to ban private military contractors; efforts to close the Guantánamo detention center. The project also entails the production of educational materials for use by CCR's Education and Outreach Department on their 'Ban the Use of Private Military Contractor' and 'Guantánamo Global Justice' campaigns.
Daniel Marsh '12 | Timap for Justice, Sierra Leone
Equal Access: Providing Free Justice Services to Individuals in Sierra Leone
Daniel will work in a rural paralegal office in Sierra Leone to promote access to justice services by serving individual clients and addressing community-level problems. The formal justice system in Sierra Leone is effectively inaccessible to large portions of the population, especially to those in the rural com munities. As a result, most individuals in rural areas rely on customary law, comprised of ethnic customary norms, for dispute resolution. Daniel will assist the development of rule of law, promoting internalization of legal concepts within customary law, through training paralegals in formal concepts of the law, and overseeing mediation between disputing parties.