Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Bluhm Legal Clinic
Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center Solitary Confinement Federal Court Litigation Fellow

Northwestern University School of Law invites applications for a two-year fellowship position in Washington, D.C. or Chicago beginning as soon as possible in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC). We seek applicants for this fellowship position with distinguished academic records; a strong, demonstrated commitment to practicing in the area of civil rights litigation; excellent research and writing skills; and federal litigation and/or clerkship experience (five years or more preferred).

The fellow will be responsible for litigating cases in federal district court. MJC has a number of experienced trial and appellate lawyers who would work with the fellow to identify the potential cases with the greatest potential for ultimately obtaining Supreme Court review. More specifically, the fellow will be responsible for:

· Identifying prisons that subject prisoners to the most abusive forms of solitary confinement.

· Identifying compelling individual (non-class) damages and injunctive cases to be filed in federal court.

· Litigating these cases as co-counsel with both MJC trial attorneys and private law firms.

· Developing educational materials for prisoners and attorneys to ensure that solitary confinement claims are properly preserved in trial-level cases.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic currently includes clinical faculty teaching in its Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, Children and Family Justice Center, Center on Wrongful Convictions, Center on International Human Rights, Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, and other clinical programs that include appellate advocacy, criminal defense, civil litigation (predatory lending cases, civil suits arising from wrongful convictions, and landlord tenant cases), externship, negotiations and trial advocacy.

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is one of the premier civil rights law firms in the United States with offices in Chicago; New Orleans; St. Louis; Oxford, Miss.; and Washington D.C.

The family of J. Roderick MacArthur founded the center in 1985 to advocate for human rights and social justice through litigation.

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minority candidates.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis as they are received, with the goal of filling the position with a candidate able to start in the near future. Please send your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of references to Marissa Spalding at

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