Policing Project 2020-2021 Fellowships

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The Policing Project at New York University School of Law invites applications for our Litigation and Technology Fellowships, one-year, potentially-renewable positions based in New York City and beginning August/September 2020. Both positions are paid by salary, approx. $65,000 annually. Application instructions here.

The technology fellowship is funded by some of the leading companies in the policing technology space, including Microsoft, Axon, Amazon, Mark43, ShotSpotter, and others. The Policing Project accepts funding from these companies with no restrictions, deliverables, or expectations. The Policing Technology Fellow will play a large role in driving the Policing Project’s efforts bring democratic accountability and ethical principles to the ever-expanding world of policing technologies.

The litigation fellowship is designed for recent graduates with an interest in litigation and passion for improving how policing occurs. The Litigation Fellow will play a significant role in crafting and driving the Policing Project’s litigation efforts. The goal of this litigation is not to target particular police departments, but to develop creative and innovative claims to reshape constitutional and administrative law toward promoting democratic accountability in policing.

Background on the Policing Project
The Policing Project partners with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. We work across a broad range of issues—from use of force and racial profiling, to facial recognition and predictive policing. We do so in close collaboration with groups from across the ideological spectrum and with stakeholders that typically find themselves at odds, including policing agencies, community organizations, governments, and other non-profits. Our work takes us all over the country and is moving the needle in tangible ways.

We bring a new approach to this fraught area, one grounded in democratic values. In particular, our work focuses on ensuring accountability and democratic participation on the front end. Front-end accountability involves promoting public voice in setting transparent, ethical, and effective policing policies and practices before the police act. The goal is achieving public safety in a manner that is equitable, non-discriminatory, and respectful of public values.

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