Stanton Foundation Legal Fellow - CWRU Law First Amendment Clinic

Stanton Foundation Legal Fellow - CWRU Law First Amendment Clinic

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for a full-time, two-year fellowship position beginning June 2021. The second year of this position is dependent upon performance and funding. Applicants should be practitioners and/or recent law school graduates with some litigation experience and have an interest in developing an expertise in litigating First Amendment issues.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law has a dynamic and nationally recognized Experiential Education curriculum.  The highly regarded Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center forms part of this curriculum. The First Amendment Clinic, for third-year law students, will focus on litigation involving freedom of speech, press, assembly, and petition. The clinic will offer pro bono legal services to those who rely on the First Amendment to collect and publish information, freely criticize government policy, and express differing viewpoints. Its goal is to train a new generation of free speech advocates and serve as a resource for organizations, students, journalists, and citizens defending and advancing First Amendment issues.

The Stanton Foundation Fellowship is focused on giving an attorney early in their career the ability to develop a deep grounding in free speech law and civil rights litigation through the  First Amendment litigation of the Clinic.  The Fellow will work with staff on all aspects of the program. Key responsibilities include:


  • Provide training, supervision, and support for law students enrolled in the First Amendment Clinic.


  • Provide direct legal services and representation to clinic clients
  • Non-litigation responsibilities may include advocacy, public speaking, blogging, media appearances, and administrative clinic support such as case intake, planning and managing events, and meeting with funders and other stakeholders.


Mandatory qualifications:

  • A JD degree from an approved, ABA-accredited law school, with a record of strong academic achievement.
  • Must be licensed in Ohio or eligible to waive into the jurisdiction.


  • 1-3 years of legal practice experience.

Interested applicants should submit the following as one PDF to the attention of Associate Dean,  Experiential Education Laura McNally-Levine (

  1. a detailed cover letter explaining their specific interest in and qualifications for the position,
  2. a resume specifically tailored to the position,
  3. a brief legal writing sample (800 words maximum—excerpts OK), and
  4. at least two references.

This posting will remain open until filled.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis. Further information about the law school is available at