First and second-year law students can apply for the Jonathon Boyd Chase Human Rights Fellowship, established in 1988 in memory of former Colorado Law Professor. Fellows will receive a stipend for the summer of 2012 for work in a public or private law office or program on a proposed project related to issues of human rights such as civil liberties, poverty, or discrimination. The recipients are expected to work in a well-supervised legal environment on a project with specific goals that have the potential to improve the human or social condition. The project should be likely to lead to a legal or social impact in the form of litigation, legislation, a published article, or change in the application of law. Strong preference will be given to students working in unpaid positions. Students who are being compensated may also apply, but the amount of compensation must be disclosed in the application and will be considered by the Chase Fellowship Committee. Chase Fellows must prepare a short (1-5 page) report of the project at the end of the summer.
Past Fellows have worked with The Children’s Legal Clinic on a project involving the appointment of guardians ad litem, Colorado Rural Legal Services on a project involving migrant agricultural workers, Planned Parenthood on a project involving harassment of care providers, the ACLU on a case involving the detention of juveniles in adult correctional facilities, the Texas Resource Center on death penalty cases, and with immigrants’ rights organizations.