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CPIAC J.D. Fellow, School of Law

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 18, 2022

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CPIAC J.D. Fellow, School of Law

About the Opportunity

The Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration (CPIAC) at Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) -- the nation's pre-eminent law school for public interest education -- takes the lead in infusing NUSL's public interest mission into all facets of the student experience. While supporting the law school's long-standing commitment to social justice, CPIAC also pilots programs and initiatives that address broader justice issues.

In 2019, CPIAC launched its flagship research initiative, the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline Project (C2P Project), with a Northeastern University grant. The initiative is a collaboration among CPIAC; the College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD); and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH). The C2P Project is building a holistic model of contributors to mass incarceration in Massachusetts to identify and validate policy interventions and provide a framework for other states, while also connecting stakeholders to facilitate the identification of collective interest and scalable solutions. Beyond Northeastern University, the project has been strengthened by engagement and collaboration with people currently and formerly incarcerated, practicing lawyers, policy advocates, nonprofit organizations, and people impacted by the family regulation system. Its advisory board also continually contributes expert guidance to ensure the project is informed by advocates' expertise and resource needs.

Numerous gaps in data collected or reported by relevant public agencies are a recurrent obstacle to advocates and policymakers advancing effective solutions to counter incarceration's contributors. The C2P Project was recently awarded a grant to build and pilot an online data tool as a one-stop, interactive resource for advocates addressing this hurdle.

The C2P Project seeks a JD Fellow interested in engaging with academic research to support systemic policy change to coordinate multiple aspects of this project. The Fellow will collaborate with faculty, students, and advocates from multiple disciplines to facilitate the production and piloting of the online data tool. The Fellow will also contribute directly to the acquisition of necessary data, including by filing public records requests to Massachusetts school districts, police departments, and other agencies to expand available data sets, and supervising students to do the same. The position is grant-funded through the Summer of 2023. There is potential, pending additional grants, to extend the position into subsequent phases of the project.

We encourage applicants to share how their background and experience (personal and/or professional) will contribute to the position.



  • Supervise students to comprehensively locate and organize publicly-available data related to the cradle-to-prison pipeline.

  • File, and supervise students in filing, public records requests, in many cases in coordination with NUSL classes and/or non-profit organizations.

  • Follow up with agencies, and file appeals where necessary, to ensure agencies comply with public records requests.

    Administrative/Project Management

  • Coordinate data needs assessments, including supporting the research team to interview Advisory Board members and other advocates prior to the creation of the prototype website.

  • Oversee compilation and analysis of raw data responsive to advocates' needs and missing data.

  • Coordinate research team to ensure on-time delivery of a wireframe and prototype website.


    Required Qualifications:

  • JD degree

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice

  • Strong attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and exceptional organizational skills with the ability to organize time and priorities, including multiple tasks and deadline pressures.

  • Must be self-directed, able to make independent decisions

  • Quantitative research experience

  • Project management experience, ideally in grant-funded projects with defined deliverables

  • Proficiency with excel and other spreadsheet software. Proficiency with data collection platforms is strongly desired.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with public records request processes in Massachusetts

  • Experience collaborating with faculty and students in academic research

    Documents to Submit:

    Please provide your resume, cover letter, and list of references in one PDF submission within the “resume upload” section.

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    Additional Information

    Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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