LawNY application deadline: September 23, 2019

Fellowship application deadline: October 21, 2019 (TBD)


LawNY is seeking to host and submit an application with an eligible candidate for an eighteen-month Soros Justice Fellowship, beginning in July-November 2020. The LawNY Rochester office is interested in hosting a Fellow with a focus on reentry and post-incarceration issues. Candidates will propose and develop their own projects. 


Since 2005, LawNY’s Rochester office has assisted over 2000 individuals who exit the correctional system or have past criminal convictions who experience legal barriers to employment. From 2015-2019, advocates have secured over $319,000 in financial benefits for clients. We have prioritized this population within LawNY’s other practice groups, and we partner with a variety of organizations to ensure that the needs of individuals reentering society are met holistically. Some examples of the legal services currently provided include enforcement of New York state laws prohibiting discriminatory hiring practices against persons with criminal records; state agency denial of occupational licenses or criminal background clearances required for employment in the sectors requiring state or federal approval to work; obtaining certificates of rehabilitation; and enforcement of consumer protections.


Soros Justice Fellowship Advocacy Track I applicants must have at least two (2) years of relevant experience, which may include: full-time and part-time employment; paid or unpaid internships; sustained volunteer work; or other pertinent experience (e.g. advocacy while incarcerated). Advocacy Track I is for people at a range of phases in their careers, including but not limited to: people just entering the field following post-graduate education; advocates with a few years of work experience; and those beginning to work on criminal justice reform issues after a career in another field or after some other life experience. Individuals who are between the ages of 18– 25 and who have fewer than two years’ experience should consider applying for the Soros Justice Youth Activist Fellowships. Applicants must be able to devote at least 35 hours per week to the project if awarded a fellowship; and the project must be the applicant’s only full-time work during the course of the fellowship. Fellows cannot be full-time students during their fellowships.


Last year’s fellowship application information can be found here:

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