2023 Sponsored Legal Fellowship | Death Penalty Information Center

Posted July 27, 2022

The Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, DC seeks applicants for a sponsored public interest legal fellowship to begin in the fall of 2023.

The Death Penalty Information Center is a national non-profit educational organization that serves the media and the public by publishing in-depth reports; tracking death sentences, exonerations, death warrants, executions, and appellate developments; and providing accurate information and fact-based analysis on capital punishment in the United States. DPIC has been cited thousands of times in court opinions, attorney briefs, research articles, and news stories.

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the fellow will research cutting edge issues in the administration of the death penalty. DPIC staff will work with candidates to develop a proposal for submission. DPIC is interested in working with candidates to apply for fellowships such as those funded by Equal Justice Works, Soros, or Justice Catalyst. DPIC is also open to fellowships funded by law schools, law firms, and other foundations.

DPIC’s legal fellows assist in updating and expanding DPIC’s web content, as well as contribute to DPIC projects such as its comprehensive database of death sentences, the Year End Report, and other DPIC reports and issue analyses. Legal fellows participate in monitoring executions and new death sentences, tracking death penalty cases of interest, and tracking legislative developments. Legal fellows also draft blog posts and case summaries for inclusion on DPIC’s website.

The fellow will be a full member of the staff, participating in weekly staff meetings, periodic staff retreats, and discussions about organizational planning and priorities. The legal fellow may work with law students, undergraduate interns, pro bono volunteers, and external partners on collaborative projects. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.

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