The Clifton W. Everett Sr. Community Lawyer Fellowship, established in 1992, offers one-year staff attorney positions for recent law school graduates who are committed to serving low-income North Carolinians in rural areas.
Everett Fellows begin their service every year in September, after they have graduated law school and passed the N.C. Bar Exam.
Everett Fellows are selected based on their legal abilities and demonstrated commitment to social justice. They must be dedicated to making the legal system responsive to those who have been marginalized by both poverty and geography. They must be ready to accept the challenging and rewarding tasks of a full-fledged attorney who serves rural communities.
Everett Fellows are responsible for handling a general caseload in the traditional areas of poverty law practice on behalf of clients who live in rural areas. Types of cases usually involve housing, employment, consumer, domestic and/or public benefits.
The Everett Fellowship program is funded by the board of trustees of the N.C. State Bar's Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program in memory of Clifton W. Everett Sr., a lifetime resident of eastern North Carolina who served as president of the N.C. State Bar and vice-chairman and member of the IOLTA program's board of trustees. He dedicated his life to the extension of justice in rural parts of eastern North Carolina.
Note: All fellowships are contingent upon the availability of funding.