Jobs: Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights

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Lambda Legal welcomes applications for the 2019-2021 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights.

Who We Are

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV.

Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships; challenge discrimination against LGBT people and people living with HIV in the workplace, the home, in schools, in health care, and in the military; and protect LGBT families, including by winning and defending marriage equality. Supporters across the country contribute to a growing budget of approximately $27M. Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy and Lambda Legal receives no government funding. Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.

Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights

This fellowship honors the memory of Tyron Garner, one of the men Lambda Legal represented in our groundbreaking Supreme Court victory Lawrence v. Texas (which struck down all remaining state sodomy laws in the country) and helps expand Lambda Legal’s work in African-American LGBT communities. Mr. Garner died in 2006, after his case vindicated the constitutional right to express sexual intimacy in adult relationships.

Through the Garner Fellowship, Lambda Legal seeks to support law graduates dedicated to LGBT issues within African-American communities in ongoing engagement with civil rights work on behalf of LGBT individuals and people living with HIV. The Garner Fellowship contributes to Lambda Legal’s expansion of our current work to serve communities of color and address the intersection of LGBT discrimination and racism that affects African-American LGBT communities.


Responsibilities for the Garner Fellow may include:

  • conducting factual and legal research in support of new and active litigation and other client advocacy, with particular emphasis on identifying and addressing important LGBT and HIV legal issues that affect African-American communities, and considering inequities and barriers that disproportionately affect African-American LGBT communities;
  • drafting court documents and parts of briefs for cases in state and federal courts and agencies;
  • analyzing and preparing responses to state and federal legislation, regulations, and other executive actions affecting LGBT people and people living with HIV;
  • researching and drafting policy and advocacy materials, such as publications, articles, and fact sheets, with particular emphasis on developing legal resources focused on the specific challenges LGBTQ people of color face in institutional settings such as schools, shelters and criminal legal systems and on the specific challenges of people living with HIV in LGBT African-American communities;
  • participating in case team meetings, office-wide strategic discussions, and external coalition meetings; and
  • connecting with key African-American leaders and organizations to further inform and guide our efforts to serve African-American LGBT communities.


  • Candidates may be recent law school graduates, completing another fellowship or judicial clerkship, or looking to transition out of another form of law practice.
  • The fellow must commit to two full years.
  • Strong preference will be given to applicants interested in working in Dallas, though we will consider applicants for other offices.
  • The fellow should possess a high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, excellent research and writing skills, and the ability to produce high-caliber legal work under demanding deadlines.
  • The fellow must demonstrate creativity, and a willingness to work collaboratively with others toward the most effective strategies and initiatives to advance civil rights, and always with respect and collegiality.
  • Working at Lambda Legal requires awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the breadth of the communities that Lambda Legal serves. Prior work on behalf of the LGBT community and/or people living with HIV is a plus.
  • Serving the full breadth of the LGBT and HIV communities requires cultural competency and a commitment to addressing the multilayered and interlocking forms of discrimination and oppression that exist in our society, including discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, immigration status, religion, education and class. Any successful candidate must be able to demonstrate their understanding and appreciation of the importance of integrating our commitment to combating these other forms of discrimination into our work to eradicate discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.
  • Any successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to work in a racially- and gender-diverse environment, and will possess the maturity and humility to effectively identify, interact with, and counsel current and prospective clients from the broad range of communities that we serve, including communities of color, immigrant communities, and lower-income communities.


Salary is $60,000. Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, employer contributions to retirement account, and substantial vacation.


Applications will be accepted starting November 1, 2018. Interviews will commence no later than March 2019, with a decision announced as soon thereafter as feasible. The position will begin in late summer 2019.

Applicants should send a resume or other statement of qualifications; a brief writing sample (preferably a memorandum that has been not been substantially edited by others that addresses a constitutional, discrimination, or other complex issue); and a letter or email explaining your interest in the position, your availability to begin the fellowship, and how you learned of the job opening to:

Shaby Rosales

Human Resources

Lambda Legal

120 Wall Street, 19th Floor

New York, NY 100005

Please include “Garner Fellow” in the subject line.

No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal will not accept phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and individuals living with HIV are encouraged to apply.