Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Program
In 1991, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program was created to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within Pennsylvania's legal aid community.
An evaluation of that program in 2003 revealed that while the internship experience was a very positive one for PLAN, students, clients and programs; the goal to enhance cultural and ethnic diversity within the programs was not being realized.
In response, PLAN created the Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Program in 2004. In partnership with a sponsoring regional or specialty program, law school graduates and attorneys who are new to practice are hired as full-time staff attorneys for a two-year fellowship.
Fellows are assigned mentors and supervised by experienced attorneys. Salary and benefits are determined by the host program. Additionally, loan repayment assistance up to $11,000 is available during the first two years of employment.
The MLK Fellowship is not a two year limited employment program. It is intended to support and promote new lawyers who are interested in a long term public interest career.
Third year and recent law school graduates may indicate their interest in the MLK Fellowship program by submitting an application electronically via email to Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, including a letter expressing interest; a resume; a writing sample; an official transcript; and three (3) professional references to:
Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esquire
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging