Civil Beat Law Center Fellowship

The Law Center has a fellowship position to train a recent law school graduate in open government advocacy.

Position Description

The Law Center seeks applicants for a one-year full-time fellowship position to start in September 2023. The fellow reports to the Executive Director and will participate fully in the Law Center’s advocacy efforts. The Law Center’s efforts range widely and have included informal drafting assistance and advice for requesters; educational lectures, presentations, and materials; representing clients in litigation; guidance and concern letters to government agencies; and occasional lobbying. Once up-to-speed on applicable law, a fellow will be expected to think proactively about projects that advance the Law Center’s mission.


Primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Trial court and appellate litigation work, including research and drafting pleadings
  • Fact research, legal analysis, and drafting to investigate and respond to transparency concerns
  • Public speaking
  • Tracking legislation
  • Responding to calls to the Law Center’s hotline


  • Admitted to or applicant for the Hawai`i bar
  • Excellent legal research skills
  • Able to communicate complex legal issues clearly and succinctly
  • Interest in promoting open government
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented
  • Integrity and strong interpersonal skills
  • Travel may be required
  • Preference for applicants interested in practicing law in Hawai`i
  • Preference for applicants with less than 3 years post-law school experience
  • No prior knowledge of public records or open meetings laws required


The salary for the 2021-22 fellowship is $75,000 with access to a competitive benefits package.


Submit a cover letter, résumé, writing sample (no more than 10 pages), law school transcript, and contact information for three references by e-mail to or by regular mail to Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, 700 Bishop Street, Suite 1701, Honolulu, HI 96813. Disclose in your cover letter the extent to which others had substantial involvement in drafting or revising the writing sample.


E-mailed or postmarked no later than February 17, 2023

The Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.