Summer 2021 Legal Internship Program - Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission
The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission of the New York State Courts educates and advises decision makers in the New York Court System on issues affecting both employees and litigants of color, and implements recommendations developed to address said issues. Created in 1988, the Commission conducted a comprehensive study on minority participation in the courts and legal profession and perceptions regarding the treatment of persons of color in the courts.
In 1991, the Commission released a detailed report of findings and recommendations and was established as a permanent entity charged with the responsibility for developing programs to improve the perception of fairness within the court system and to ensure equal justice in New York State.
The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission is chaired by Associate Justices of the Appellate Division, First and Fourth Departments, and its members are judges, lawyers and court administrators all appointed by the Chief Judge of the State of New York. The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission is offering an eight week virtual Internship Program commencing June 1, 2021 and ending July 30, 2021. The program is open to 1L, 2L and 3L students. The internship will be limited to two students.
The interns will use their writing and research skills to assist with developing programs and documents to address diversity in the legal profession and to eradicate systemic racism from within the courts. This summer the Commission will be working on issues of jury diversity, implicit bias, and equal access to justice among other issues. Students who are interested should email FHWilliams@nycourts.gov. The email should contain the subject line “FHW Commission Internship Summer 2021” and include the following documents as separate attachments: student's resume, a cover letter (please highlight any previous work involving diversity or equal justice issues), a writing sample and an unofficial transcript. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2021. We look forward to your participation. For more information about the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission, please visit www.nycourts.gov/ip/ethnic-fairness.