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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 supported by the Outlaws community through annual fundraising efforts.  For 2016, there are two summer fellowship opportunities:

  1. The Spectrum Fund Award in Memory of Kevin E. Kennedy ("Kennedy Fellowship").  This fellowship will be awarded to a 1L member of the Outlaws community who will be working in public service for Summer 2016.  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 Fellow will receive a $4,000 award.  Kennedy Fellows must work full-time for a minimum of 8 weeks and the work must be non-partisan and supervised by an attorney.  Kennedy Fellows may also receive the SFF Grant ($6000) or the SFF Loan ($4000).  If the fellow is receiving funds from any other sources (e.g. stipend from the employer, grant from Equal Justice America) in excess of a total of $4000, the Kennedy award may be reduced.
  2. The Spectrum Summer Fellowship ("Spectrum Fellowship").  The Spectrum Summer Fellowship is awarded to a qualified student who will be working on behalf of LGBTQ rights.  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 $4,000 award.  Spectrum Fellows are not eligible for SFF Grant ($6000) or the SFF Loan ($4000).  If the fellow is receiving funds from any other sources (e.g. stipend from the employer, grant from Equal Justice America) in excess of a total of $2000, the award will be reduced.

 

Congratulations to the 2016 Spectrum Fellowship recipients

Ira Stup, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C.
Maggie Van Dop, National Center for Lesbian Rights, San Francisco, CA
Phillip Turner, Lawyers for Human Rights, Johannesburg, South Africa
Shirin Makhkamova, 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 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.

Questions

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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