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Fellow, Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression at Yale Law School

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression seeks applications for an Abrams Fellow who will help run the Institute’s new two-year Freedom of the Press Project. This fellowship is designed for law graduates who are interested in careers in teaching or practicing media law. The project will bring together academics, lawyers and journalists around the nation to discuss press freedom issues, the Press Clause, and to stimulate expanded scholarship and public engagement about the topics.

The Abrams Fellow will administer the project under the direction of Mr. Floyd Abrams and Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law and Senior Fellow, Sandra Baron. Activities will include writing, developing and supporting legal scholarship; organizing workshops, a conference and discussions for lawyers, academics, and journalists on Press Clause issues, commissioning essays, and other day-to-day tasks of administration. The fellowship offers the opportunity to meet and engage with academics, journalists, and lawyers across the United States. The fellow will also become a member of Yale’s Information Society Project (ISP) and participate in its intellectual life.

A J.D. or equivalent degree is required. The ideal candidate would have some relevant experience and familiarity with media and press law, and a strong interest in defending legal protections for the press. The fellow should have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and should be able to write persuasively and effectively.

The Abrams Fellow’s duties will include:

  • Research and writing on the First Amendment regarding the press and The Press Clause, and development of relationships with scholars in the field.
  • Writing and publishing white papers or academic articles, and public commentary such as blog posts and op-eds, and working with other authors who write for the project.
  • Executing the Press Clause project, including organizing workshops and a conference, supporting the project directors, and working with the others involved in the project and institution when necessary.

The Fellow will receive a fellowship salary of USD 80,000 per year as well as a travel budget, Yale University benefits, and access to Yale University resources. The Fellow is expected to live in the New Haven area and be a part of the Yale ISP community.

Application materials should include:

  • A cover letter.
  • A 3 to 5-page statement describing the applicant’s interest and relevant experience.
  • A resume or CV.
  • A law and/or graduate school transcript.
  • At least one scholarly writing sample, preferably in English.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

We welcome applications immediately and will consider them beginning on July 30, 2022 until the
position is filled. We expect the fellow to start by October 1, 2022, or earlier if they are available.

Questions and applications should be sent to Ann-Marie Cooper (ann-marie.cooper@yale.edu). Please indicate clearly that the application is for the Abrams Fellowship for the Abrams Freedom of the Press Project.