Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) Fall 2022 Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunity

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) is seeking candidates to apply for sponsorship for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and/or other public interest fellowship applications for the one- to two-year period beginning Fall 2022. Please see our announcement here.

DREDF is a national, non-profit law and policy organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, education, legislation, and public policy. DREDF regularly works with legal fellows and law student interns, and DREDF lawyers teach disability rights law at Bay Area law schools. Our office is comprised of not only attorneys, but also special education advocates and policy analysts, which provides for an interdisciplinary perspective on disability rights issues.

DREDF works intensively with prospective fellows to develop projects that address critical disability civil rights law issues. We are interested in candidates who will collaborate on simultaneous applications to more than one funder. We have been successful in obtaining past fellowship awards. We are committed to supporting and advising candidates during the application process to ensure that a high quality and well-informed application is submitted.


  • J.D. degree by or before June (Spring Semester) 2022
  • California bar membership or a plan to become a member
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and public interest law
  • Established knowledge of and interest in civil rights and disability rights laws
  • Ability to work independently and cordially with others
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills

How to Apply:

By August 6, 2021, submit the following materials via email. Please write “ATTN: 2021 – 2023 Fellowship Application [LAST NAME]” in the subject line.

  • A concise cover letter describing your interest in DREDF and public interest law, and containing a brief project proposal (to be developed more fully in collaboration with DREDF)
  • Resume
  • Law school transcript
  • Writing sample
  • Three professional or academic references

Please contact Hongyu Min, Resource Associate with any questions.