Douglas T. Kendall Fellowship Program 2022-2023

The Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) is a nonprofit law firm, think tank, and action center dedicated to making real the progressive promise of our Constitution’s text, history, and values.  CAC is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.  We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, Asian, and from other underrepresented communities to apply.

CAC is offering a one-year fellowship designed for recent law school graduates to begin their careers in legal advocacy with a grounding in the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text, history, and values.  CAC will collect applications starting August 2021 for the Fellowship beginning in September 2022.

The Douglas T. Kendall Fellowship honors Doug Kendall, progressive litigator, author, activist, non-profit entrepreneur, and founding president of CAC.  Kendall’s mission was to show that the Constitution’s text and history secure the promise of, and in fact require, racial and gender equality, marriage equality, ballot access, an effective federal government, and equal citizenship at birth.  Kendall founded CAC to tell America the story of the Constitution’s arc of progress, through the courts, academia, and public conversation:  from the Founders’ decision to create a national government with the power to solve national problems, to later generations’ essential amendments that ended slavery, enshrined in the Constitution the principle of equal protection, and ensured the right to vote for African Americans, women, and young adults.  Under Kendall’s leadership, CAC produced original scholarship on the text and history of the Fourteenth Amendment’s key clauses and on the demise of stale debates between so-called “living constitutionalism” and “original intent,” among other topics.  Kendall, working with CAC’s current President and then Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra, also built an influential and creative litigation program that advocates for progressive outcomes with arguments rooted in the text, history, and values of the whole Constitution. 

For more information about Doug Kendall’s legacy and CAC, please see www.theusconstitution.org.  To learn more about the Fellowship, watch how CAC supports the next generation of constitutional progressives.

Fellowship Summary

The Douglas T. Kendall Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for recent law school graduates to join CAC’s litigation team and participate in on all aspects of the litigation team’s work.  CAC’s litigation team does significant amicus work in the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, as well as some direct litigation work.  CAC has recently filed amicus briefs at the Supreme Court on topics ranging from voting rights to qualified immunity to LGBTQ rights. 

The Fellow will provide substantive assistance with the research and writing of CAC briefs and be lead drafter on at least one brief during the year.  The Fellow will be exposed to our methodological approach of progressive originalism, as well as to the range of substantive areas in which we work.

The Fellow will also assume responsibility for our Supreme Court Review Project, in which we review certiorari petitions that are filed with the Supreme Court to identify candidates for possible amicus support.

Based on areas of interest, CAC will provide the Fellow with opportunities to work with our think tank and communications teams to see the full range of our work and the various ways in which litigation, policy, and communications can complement each other in progressive advocacy.

The Fellow reports to CAC’s Chief Counsel.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for the one-year Fellowship is $70,000.

CAC provides an excellent benefits package to our staff, including health, dental, and vision insurance, FSA, SmarTrip benefits, three weeks of paid vacation, one week of paid sick leave, and paid leave for federal holidays.

Qualifications

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • a recently completed law degree with an excellent academic record,
  • a completed clerkship,
  • strong English reading and writing skills,
  • excellent attention to detail,
  • demonstrated dedication to a progressive vision, and
  • ability to be a team player as well as a self-starter.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, résumé, law school transcripts, and writing sample to Keo Xiong at keo@theusconstitution.org.