Summer 2022 Fellowship – Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association and Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.


Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry was a pioneer attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (“LSGMI”), where she promoted equal justice and advocated on behalf of low-income communities in Miami-Dade County, among her many other accomplishments. The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association Fellowship at LSGMI was established to honor Mrs. Cherry and to continue her legacy and humanitarian efforts.


The GSCBWLA Fellow’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: interviewing clients in person and by telephone; conducting factual investigations, including visiting a client’s home; performing legal research and writing; drafting pleadings, motions and discovery requests; reviewing documents; preparing for and observing administrative and court hearings; participating in after-hours legal clinics; and participating in after-hours community education events.


We are seeking an extraordinary Fellow with a strong commitment to public service. To be eligible for the GSCBWLA Fellowship, prospective applicants must be enrolled in law

school, be a 2L, 3L, 4L, or LL.M., and demonstrate a commitment to equal justice and advocating for low-income clients in Miami-Dade County.


The stipend will be paid bi-weekly. If the GSCBWLA Fellow is a 2L, s/he will receive $13 per hour. If the GSCBWLA Fellow is a 3L, 4L, or LLM, s/he will receive $14 per hour.  This is a Summer 2022 placement and will require the Fellow to work 10-12 weeks. The hours will be flexible but it is recommended that the Fellow work a minimum of five hours per week and a maximum of 30 hours per week.


To apply, please submit a one (1) page cover letter indicating how you will continue Gwen S. Cherry’s legacy and serve as an asset to LSGMI, your resume, law school transcript (PDF scans of official transcript are required), and application form.  Applications MUST be submitted via email by 11:59 pm, Friday, June 3, 2022 to Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, c/o Nakia Ruffin. The recipient of the Fellowship award will be notified on or before June 16, 2022.

Click here for the GSCBWLA Summer 2022 Fellowship Application.