Citing its longstanding ties and deep commitment to Newark, McCarter & English has established a pro bono fellowship to assist Newark residents with their legal issues.
The law firm, which established its headquarters in Newark in 1865 and has the largest of its nine offices there, is seeking applicants for the fellowship, which will be a full-time, one-year renewable position. The deadline for applications is Aug. 31.
The McCarter & English Pro Bono Fellowship for the City of Newark is scheduled to commence in the early fall and will focus initially on representing tenants facing eviction. The fellow will expand McCarter’s pro bono services to low-income tenants and collaborate with community service organizations, the mayor’s office and universities – among others – to educate tenants about their rights and influence public opinion by speaking and writing on the societal and legal aspects of eviction. The fellow may also engage in other forms of policy advocacy.
McCarter’s Executive Committee, which unanimously approved creation of the new fellowship program, has set a starting salary that is competitive for public interest lawyers, plus benefits. The fellow will report to Michelle Movahed, the firm’s pro bono director, and Robert Mintz, managing partner of the Newark office.