Pride Law Fund funds several fellowship opportunities for law students seeking experience in the areas of sexual orientation discrimination, individual rights litigation, direct legal services, and other legal issues of concern to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and people with HIV and AIDS.
Past fellowships have funded work on providing direct legal services to the members of the LGBT community and people with HIV/AIDS; impact litigation in the areas of marriage, employment, education and family law; developing legislative and educational strategies and materials; addressing sexual orientation and HIV-related discrimination; addressing the legal needs of rural, youth, senior and minority LGBT communities; and compiling national surveys of sexual orientation and HIV nondiscrimination laws. Pride Law Fund's Fellowship Program has provided critical support for work at diverse organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationwide, including the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, American Civil Liberties Union, East Bay Community Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Whitman-Walker Clinic, and many others.
In 2014, one or more Pride Law Fund Fellowships will be co-sponsored by Fenwick and West LLP and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF).
Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship
The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship provides funding for a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Fellowship will help ensure that unmet legal needs are recognized and prioritized on an on-going basis, and that the next generation of legal advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community develops the critical skills necessary to secure civil rights into the future.
Pride Law Fund offers two types of fellowship for summer 2014: the Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship and the Steven Richter Fellowship.
The Pride Law Fund Summer Fellowship supports work of concern to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the public sector, on public policy or of a public service nature, work in the area of civil rights and education, and direct legal services.
The Steven Richter Fellowship supports direct legal services and projects on issues of concern to individuals with HIV or AIDS. The Richter Fellowship is not limited to law students or legal projects.