The Julian T. Pierce Fellowship offers staff attorney positions for recent law school graduates who are dedicated to improving the legal system for low-income people in rural areas who have been marginalized by both poverty and geography.
Pierce Fellows are selected based on their legal abilities and their demonstrated commitment to social justice. They must be ready to accept the challenging and rewarding tasks of full-fledged attorneys who serve and live in rural communities.
Pierce Fellows handle a general caseload in the traditional areas of poverty law practice ob behalf of clients who live in Richmond and Anson counties. Types of cases usually involve housing, employment, consumer, domestic and/or public benefits.
The Pierce Fellowship is funded by Legal Aid of North Carolina in memory of Julian T. Pierce, a Lumbee Indian, civil rights leader, and legal aid icon who was tragically murdered in Robeson County, N.C. in 1988. Julian was the founding director of Lumbee River Legal Services, which is now our Pembroke office. During his tenure, he fought against discrimination, racial segregation and dedicated his life to the pursuit of equal justice for all persons regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
Note: All fellowships are contingent upon the availability of funding.