Overview

TCRP will launch the “Manne Family Fellowship,” in the fall of 2019. This fellowship will be an exciting expansion of our current fellowship program, and will allow a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School or the University of Texas School of Law to join TCRP for one year. The first Manne Family Fellow will be employed by TCRP from September 2020 to August 2021.

Manne Family Fellows will be fully integrated into one of TCRP’s legal programs — Voting Rights, Criminal Justice Reform or Racial & Economic Justice — and will engage in legal advocacy both in and out of the courts. Our Manne Family Fellow will focus on our litigation work, from investigating potential cases, crafting strategic advocacy plans and preparing complaints to assisting with discovery, briefing dispositive motions and trying cases in federal and state court.

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

Qualifications

The Manne Family Fellowship is only open to a recent graduate from Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School or the University of Texas School of Law. “Recent graduates” include person who will graduate in May 2020, or who graduated no earlier than May 2018.

The ideal candidate will have:

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

- Excellent legal research and writing skills; proven creativity in legal advocacy a plus

- Ability to take initiative, solve problems, and quickly jump onto urgent matters as they come up, with a positive “can-do” attitude

- Ability to build strong relationships across diverse communities — including in particular communities of color, persons with disabilities, and immigrant communities — and work closely with variety of stakeholders

- Well organized, with ability to juggle and prioritize across multiple projects without dropping any balls

- Subject matter experience in one of TCRP’s core program areas is a plus

- An understanding of the social justice landscape in Texas, and a passion to make it better, is a plus

- Ability to read, write, and speak in Spanish is a plus

To apply

Interested applicants should submit the following by midnight on February 15, 2020:

- Cover letter indicating:

Why you are interested in working with TCRP;

Why you are interested in civil rights impact litigation;

Preferred practice group (REJ/CJR/VR), if any; and

Interest in working in Texas.

- Detailed resume

- Writing sample of no more than 10 pages, preferably litigation-related

- A list of at least 3 references with at least 2 of these being professional references.

Please note, you will need to create a free Submittable account prior to submitting your application. 

About TCRP

We are Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. In our twenty-nine year history, the Texas Civil Rights Project has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits to protect and expand voting rights, challenge the injustices in our broken criminal justice system, and advance racial and economic justice.

We use our tools of litigation, legal advocacy, and communication strategies to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas and we partner with communities across the state to serve the rising movement for social justice. We undertake our work with a vision of a Texas in which all communities can thrive with dignity, justice and without fear.

We are proud of our work, welcome innovative thinkers, and offer flexibility to different people’s styles and strengths. Learn more at www.texascivilrightsproject.org.


The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is a public-interest law firm that uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In our twenty-eight year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits to protect and expand voting rights, challenge the injustices in our broken criminal justice system, and advance racial and economic justice.  Today, with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and legal professionals across Texas, and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies, TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in Texas. Learn more at www.texascivilrightsproject.org.

Every year, the Texas Civil Rights Project sponsors multiple legal fellows across our three programs (Racial and Economic Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, and Voting Rights) and in all of our five offices across the State (Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Rio Grande Valley).  These fellows are recent law school graduates or judicial clerks who obtain external funding to work with us, usually on a specific project for a predetermined period of time, usually 1 or 2 years. Opportunities for external funding are extremely diverse, including law firms, law schools, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private foundations of all sizes. Over the last few years, fellows working at TCRP have been awarded fellowship funding from the following sources, among others:

- Equal Justice Works

- Justice Catalyst

- Open Society Foundations

- Kloiber Foundation

- Yale Law School

- Columbia Law School

- University of Texas School of Law

Fellowship applicants are usually required to seek sponsorship approval from a host organization (like TCRP) before applying for fellowship funding.  While we are sensitive to time constraints, our process for approving a potential fellow for sponsorship at TCRP is extensive, including application reviews within the organization, interviews, review of past work product and references, and a thorough evaluation of the applicant’s proposed project.  This process ensures we only sponsor fellowship applicants who have developed a project proposal that significantly advances our mission of seeking justice for Texas communities, but it also means that we are only able to sponsor a small number of the qualified applicants seeking to work with us. Limiting the number of fellows that we sponsor also allows us to work closely with applicants to develop a strong proposal for funding and to ensure that we have the resources to properly manage and train fellows once they get here.  

Because this process takes time, fellowship applicants are encouraged to apply for sponsorship at least 60 days in advance of any funding application deadline. If circumstances prevent an applicant from complying with this timeline, we encourage the applicant to contact our Fellowship Coordinator to discuss the situation.  

Because of the widely varying application deadlines for fellowship funding, TCRP accepts applications from fellowship applicants throughout the year.  Major fellowship funders (e.g. Equal Justice Works) usually have early fall deadlines, while many smaller funders (e.g., law schools) have deadlines in early spring.  

To be eligible for a fellowship at TCRP, an applicant must meet the following basic criteria:

- Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school by the time the fellowship would begin;

- Completion of the bar exam of any U.S state or territory prior to beginning  the fellowship;

- Willingness to work in Texas at one of TCRP’s established offices; and

- Development of a project proposal that fits one of the three subject-matter areas in which TCRP works.

If you will be able to meet these criteria and wish to complete your fellowship at TCRP, please submit the following sponsorship application materials:

1. Cover letter indicating:

- Why you are interested in working with TCRP

- Preferred practice group (REJ/CJR/VR)

- An idea for a proposed fellowship project

- Names and deadlines for any particular fellowship applications to which you are applying

- Interest in working in Texas  

2. Detailed resume
3. Writing sample of no more than 10 pages, preferably related to the subject matter of your proposed project idea.
4. A list of at least 3 references with at least 2 of these being professional references.

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

If you have any technical difficulties completing this form, please contact support@submittable.com

We are an equal opportunity organization that welcomes all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

We are Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We use our tools of litigation and legal advocacy to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas and we partner with communities across the state to serve the rising movement for social justice. In our twenty-nine year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits to protect and expand voting rights, challenge the injustices in our broken criminal justice system, and advance racial and economic justice.

We are seeking positive, motivated, balanced, well-organized individuals to serve as our law clerks for the 2020 Summer semester. TCRP is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team and women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Our law clerks are a critical part of the TCRP family and will assist our attorneys with every aspect of our work, from investigating potential cases, crafting strategic advocacy plans and preparing complaints to assisting with discovery, briefing dispositive motions and trying cases in federal and state court.

We ask that students commit to at least 400 hours of work over the course of the summer. We have opportunities available at all of our 5 offices across Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Alamo).

Texas Civil Rights Project