Aug. 27: Gideon’s Promise Application Deadline

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The Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Project (LSPP) is inviting applications for its class of 2021 fellows. LSPP is a 3-year fellowship that provides recent law school graduates committed to a career in public defense with continuing legal education training and guaranteed permanent employment in a partner public defender office upon program completion.  For details on Gideon’s Promise, see: https://www.gideonspromise.org/, as well as the attached flyer.


NYU Law will nominate one 3L to apply for the Gideon’s Promise Fellowship to work at one of the participating public defender offices listed below. If the candidate is selected for the fellowship, NYU will pay a modest stipend (but no health benefits) for the first year, after which time, the fellow will be guaranteed a full-time, paid job with the public defender office. The fellow must commit to working in the office for three years, and Gideon’s Promise will provide support and training throughout this time. 


The participating offices this year are listed below.  Click on the links (where available) to view Gideon’s Promise’s info sheet about the office:

·         Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office (Birmingham, AL)

·         Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office (Montgomery, AL)

·         Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (Frankfort, KY)

·         15th Judicial District (Lafayette, LA)

·         19th Judicial District (East Baton Rouge, LA)

·         Orleans Public Defenders (New Orleans, LA)

·         Mecklenburg County Public Defender (Charlotte, NC)

·         Hamilton County Public Defender (Cincinnati, OH)

·         Still She Rises (Tulsa, OK)

·         Luzerne County Public Defender (Wilkes-Barre, PA)

·         El Paso County Public Defender’s Office (El Paso, TX)

·         Richmond Public Defender (Richmond, VA)


If you would like to apply for the fellowship, please send a resume and statement of interest as a single PDF document to emily.kernan@nyu.edu by Thursday, August 27, at noon.  The subject line of your email should be “Gideon’s Promise Fellowship Application.” In the body of your email, please rank your top five offices from the list above. 


All of the applications received by the deadline will be forwarded to a Faculty Selection Committee, which will conduct interviews and select one student to apply for the fellowship. The selected student will be notified on or by September 9 and must submit a separate application to Gideon’s Promise by September 18.  Please note: The Gideon’s Promise application requires two letters of recommendation.


Your commitment to working in one of these underfunded offices will be an important factor in the decision-making process, so please be sure to address this in your statement of interest. 

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