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Spectrum Summer Fellowship and Spectrum Fund Award in Memory of Kevin E. Kennedy

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 also supported by the Outlaws community through annual fundraising efforts.  For 2018, there are two summer opportunities:

  1. The Spectrum Fund Award in Memory of Kevin E. Kennedy.  This award will be given to a 1L who will be working in public service for Summer 2018.  Preference will be given to students working on LGBTQ advocacy issues, but students working more broadly in public interest are also encouraged to apply.  Internships with nonprofits, government agencies, or judicial chambers are all eligible placements.  In recognition of their selection, the awardee will receive a $4,000 award.  Awardees must work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks and the work must be non-partisan and supervised by an attorney.  Kennedy awardees are not eligible for the SFF Grant ($6000) or Loan ($4000) and may not combine the award with other Michigan Law sources of funding.  If the awardee is receiving funds from any other sources (e.g. stipend from the employer, grant from Equal Justice America) in excess of a total of $4,000, the Kennedy award may be reduced.
  2. The Spectrum Summer Fellowship ("Spectrum Fellowship").  The Spectrum Summer Fellowship is awarded to a qualified 2L who has a demonstrated commitment to advancing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community issues, and a special consideration will be given to applicants who work or plan to work on legal issues affecting members of this community.  The Fellow does not have to be working on exclusively LGBTQ issues.  The summer internship can include work in nonprofits and government offices (not judicial internships).  Spectrum Fellows must work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks and the work must be non-partisan and supervised by an attorney.  In recognition of their selection, the Fellow receives a $5,000 award.  Fellows are not eligible to receive the Spectrum Fellowship in addition to other Michigan Law sources of funding (e.g. 2L Guarantee Funding or the Dean's Public Service Fellowship.) 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 KENNEDY award RECIPIENT

Alex Moody ('20), National LGBTQ Task Force, Washington, D.C.

Application

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 (#16913) by March 23, 2018 at 12:00pm.  Your application must include a copy of your resume and an essay answering the following (in 500 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. 

A committee of appointed faculty will select applicants based on demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ issues and public service, in general. 

Fellows must obtain a qualified placement by May 18, 2018, 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.

Peer counseling 

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.

Questions

If you have any questions about the Spectrum Summer Fellowship or the Spectrum Fund Award in Memory of Kevin E. Kennedy, please email Alan Kahn at kahnas@umich.edu or call 734.764.0546.