Leslie J. Winner Public Interest and Civil Rights Fellowship - 2023-2025
Raleigh, NC Litigation
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The North Carolina Justice Center is seeking a Leslie J. Winner Public Interest and Civil Rights Fellow. The Winner Fellowship allows a recent law school graduate to spend two years as a staff attorney at the North Carolina Justice Center, the state's leading private, nonprofit, anti-poverty organization.  

The North Carolina Justice Center is dedicated to transforming North Carolina's prosperity into opportunity for all. Our organization comprises projects that provide in-depth expertise on seven major policy areas. Our staff of litigators, researchers, community educators, public policy advocates, and communications specialists use our unique five-strategy approach to improve the lives of North Carolinians with low incomes.  

The Fellowship is generously funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in honor of Leslie Winner, who has been a champion for the people of North Carolina. Winner spent much of her career as a public servant and public interest lawyer working on issues such as civil rights, gender equity, affordable housing, public education, and higher education. She retired in 2016 after eight years of distinguished service to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and nearly 40 years of service to North Carolina.  




The Fellow must be eligible for admission to the North Carolina bar by the commencement of the Fellowship. Applicants must have graduated from law school in 2021 or 2022 or be expected to graduate in 2023. Applicants should possess strong research, writing, and analytical skills and a demonstrable passion for and commitment to social and economic justice. In addition, applicants should be interested in and committed to developing the skills to handle public interest litigation. A successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to improving social justice and racial equality. 

The Role 

The Winner Fellow will work alongside other litigation staff of the Justice Center. The Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in high-impact trial level and appellate litigation in a wide range of civil rights and poverty law areas, including consumer, housing, education, employment, criminal justice, health, and public benefits. The Justice Centers' litigation strategies are part of a multi-disciplinary approach to advocacy that integrates legal, policy, public engagement, research, and communications strategies. While the position will primarily assist with the Justice Centers' litigation efforts, the Winner Fellow will be exposed to all aspects of the Justice Centers' work. 

NCJC Benefits 

The Justice Center offers committed and inspired co-workers a competitive salary (DOE, minimum starting salary $49,345) and excellent benefits to enhance staff quality of life, including but not limited to six weeks of paid time off, paid parental leave, thirteen holidays, $100 monthly parking stipend, retirement plan contribution and match, FSA, medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage. This position is in the Justice Center’s bargaining unit, represented by the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320. 

The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. The Justice Center does not discriminate based on a person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information. 

Salary Description
DOE, minimum starting salary $49,345