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SALPAL FELLOWSHIP ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN CRISIS
SALPAL, the Georgetown Project on State and Local Government Policy & Law will offer a recent graduate the opportunity to work for one year on the crisis in state and local government in a federalist system. The fellowship is open to Georgetown 2021 JD graduates who completed their degree no later than May 2021.
SALPAL is one of the newest centers and institutes at Georgetown Law. Founded in 2019, its core mission is to develop a cluster of new and existing academic opportunities to JD students, convening experts on state and local government law, global cities, state attorneys general state election law and public health federalism. In addition, events in 2020 to 2021 including the COVID-19 pandemic and election law challenges have precipitated a crisis in intergovernmental affairs and federalism. This fellowship is designed to expand the capacity of SALPAL to analyze doctrinal issues and potential advocacy entry points to address the challenges posed by that crisis, as they emerge at the state and local level. SALPAL also is host to a new blog for the field of study, SLoGLaw: the State and Local Government Blog, a project in collaboration with the Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University, State Democracy Research Initiative at Wisconsin Law and law professors at Fordham Law, Northwestern Law, University of Wisconsin School of Law and Yale Law. SLoGLaw will aggregate thinking by the leading scholars writing about the new pre-emption, home rule for the 21st century, judicial federalism, separation of powers at the state level, climate federalism, public health federalism, state election law and gerrymandering, and cities as innovators both in a federal system and in transnational perspective.
Fellow Duties: The Fellow will work with the Executive Director and the Faculty Advisor to expand the profile of the project. They will report to the Executive Director. Key responsibilities include helping develop and execute the blog; researching and analyzing key developments in state and federal courts; drafting advocacy documents, including briefings, memoranda, and advocacy letters; researching and drafting portions of law review articles and articles for specialty journals; researching and developing a practicum on state and local government law, including identifying possible placements, and supervising students participating in its trial semester; drafting of portions of grant application narrative; liaising with the SALPAL Advisory Committee; and other duties as identified in cooperation with Executive Director,
Qualifications: The fellowship is open to Georgetown 2021 JD graduates who completed their degree no later than May 2021. Candidates must have excellent research and analytic capabilities, sound political judgment, strong written and verbal communications skills, and knowledge of and/or work or research experience relating to federalism and state and local government law. Candidates should be self-motivated, able to take initiative and prioritize and manage multiple tasks with minimal supervision, and proficient with Wix, Microsoft Office and social media platforms. U.S. work authorization is required; SALPAL is unable to secure or sponsor a work visa for any applicant.
Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter through Symplicity. Applicants must provide proof of authorization to work and language proficiency in English.
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