The MLaw Spectrum Fund was established by Henry Grix (AB '70, JD '77) and Howard Israel (BFA '72) to provide financial support to students looking to pursue research, impact litigation, and do policy work to advance LGBTQ equality. This Fund is supported by the Outlaws community through annual fundraising efforts. For 2016, there are two summer fellowship opportunities:
Ira Stup, '18, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C.
Maggie Van Dop, '18, National Center for Lesbian Rights, San Francisco, CA
Phillip Turner, '18, Lawyers for Human Rights, Johannesburg, South Africa
Shirin Makhkamova, '18, National LGBTQ Task Force, Washington, D.C.
To be considered for either the Spectrum Fund Award in Memory of Kevin E. Kennedy or the Spectrum Summer Fellowship, please submit an application on Symplicity by April 19, 2016 at 11:59pm. Your application must include a copy of your resume and an essay answering the following (in 750 words or less): Please explain the work you will be doing this summer (including the name of the employer, location, duration of your placement, any funding you will be receiving), how it will further your career goals, and how this work and/or your background/experiences contribute to the LGBTQ community.
The Dean's faculty committee will select applicants based on demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ issues and public service, in general.
Fellows must obtain a qualified placement by May 24, 2016, which must be approved by the Public Interest Director.
This funding may be considered taxable income even if a W-2 is not issued. This should not be construed as tax advice, however, and we encourage you to consult with a tax advisor for more information
Students interested in receiving Law School funds for a summer or post-graduate position outside the United States must consult with the Office of Career Planning regarding University-required paperwork that must be completed before funds can be released. Further, the University's International Travel Policy lists University Travel Restricted Destinations, and activities in these destinations are not eligible for University funding. Because the list of Travel Restricted Destinations is subject to change, students should be aware that it is possible that funding is not ensured, and should therefore keep in close contact with OCP about potentially affected destinations.
At the conclusion of the summer, the Fellow must submit a summary for Public Service Network that includes the contact information of the organization for which the Fellow worked, a description of the duties performed, and an evaluation of the job experience.
If you have any questions about the Spectrum Summer Fellowship or the Spectrum Fund Award in Memory of Kevin E. Kennedy, please email MLawSpectrum@umich.edu.
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