Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic Summer Fellowship 2017

 

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The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School Published: February 14, 2017
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The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School invites applications for a summer fellow position.  The summer fellows will assist in all aspects of the Clinic’s ongoing litigation and other activities.  

The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic is a law student clinic dedicated to increasing government transparency, defending the essential work of news gatherers, and protecting freedom of expression.  It provides pro bono legal services to journalists and news organizations, pursues impact litigation, and develops policy initiatives in support of the Clinic’s mission.  More information about our work is available on our website. The Clinic is a program of the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at the Information Society Project. 

The Clinic’s current matters include, among others:

-- Litigation seeking access to opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

-- First Amendment lawsuits seeking disclosure of information about the source and quality of the lethal drugs used to conduct executions in Missouri and Arizona

-- Freedom of Information Act litigation seeking access to records about, e.g., NSA surveillance rules; Censorship of the audio feed from military commissions at Guantánamo;  andClinical trial data relied upon by FDA in approving hepatitis C treatment

The summer fellow will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of the Clinic’s current cases, including drafting pleadings and briefs in pending lawsuits, drafting FOIA requests and other submissions to government agencies, and conducting legal research in support of current or future cases. The fellow would also have the opportunity to work on a research project of his or her choosing related to the topics of media freedom, information access, and free speech.

The summer fellow will work under the supervision of David Schulz, Co-Director of the Clinic and a partner at Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz LLP, Hannah Bloch-Wehba, Clinical Lecturer in Law and Stanton First Amendment Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project, and John Langford, Clinical Lecturer in Law and Abrams Clinical Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project.

Qualifications

Applicants must have completed at least one year of law school.  Applicants should have an interest in issues of press freedom, open government, free speech, law and technology, and/or civil liberties.

Salary

The fellows will receive a stipend of $560/week for up to 12 weeks.

Application Instructions:

To apply for a fellowship, submit a cover letter, resume, and law school transcript (unofficial transcripts OK).  No need to submit a writing sample at this time. 

Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis.  The positions may therefore be filled before the listed deadline, and we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.  

Applications or inquiries should be submitted electronically to:

Hannah Bloch-Wehba

Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic

Yale Law School Information Society Project

hannah.bloch-wehba@yale.edu

Application Deadline:

March 15, 2017