Shanbrom Policy Research Fellowship (Paid Opportunity for CU students!)
Shanbrom Policy Research Fellowship
Paid Opportunity for CU students/Deadline 2/18/11
OVERVIEW Thanks to the generous support of the Dr. Edward and Helen Shanbrom Family Foundation and the leadership of Judge James P. Gray (Ret.), the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) will host three Chapman University students/law students for a summer policy fellowship program in 2011.
Office Schedule/Information 2011 Internship Duration: 10 weeks; Monday, June 6 through Friday, August 12 2011 Internship Stipend: $4,375 Work Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday Office location: Los Angeles, CA.
Internship Description For ten weeks, several Chapman University students/law students will build research and writing skills, develop knowledge of state and federal drug laws, and make real contributions to creating alternatives to the war on drugs as part of a multi-disciplinary office team. Projects will revolve around our 2011 priority areas, which are:
Legalizing marijuana. DPA believes it is time for an honest debate about the impacts of marijuana prohibition and the need for reform. We are a leader of efforts – both legislative and through ballot initiatives – to eliminate criminal penalties for the adult use of marijuana, create a regulated market for the production and distribution of marijuana, and expand access to medical marijuana by qualified patients. Advocating criminal justice reform. DPA believes that the right response to the state’s budget and prison overcrowding crises includes reform of our drug laws and expanded access to addiction treatment. We are leading a coalition effort to convert drug possession penalties from a felony to a misdemeanor, in order to reflect the will of voters, end the life-time stigmatization and marginalization of millions of Californians, and reduce state costs by $4.5 billion in ten years.
Expanding access to sterile syringes. DPA is dedicated to expanding access to sterile syringes in order to help prevent blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C among injection drug users, their sexual partners, and their children. DPA is the main sponsor of two bills in the State Legislature in 2011 aimed at safely expanding access to sterile syringes.
Preventing overdose deaths. Overdose in California is a leading cause of accidental death, and DPA is developing legislation that would address the new reality that prescription opioids account for an increasingly large number of preventable overdose deaths. DPA is the co-sponsor of a bill in the State Legislature in 2011 that would prevent overdose deaths by encouraging calls for help.
TO APPLY: Deadline: 2/18/11. Submit the following to the Chapman University School of Law Career Services Office in Kennedy Hall, 303 c/o Suzanna Adelizi, Esq.: 2-page persuasive writing sample, resume and cover letter addressed to Judge Gray
Applicants will be selected by Chapman University School of Law, Judge James P. Gray (Ret.) and Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). For more information on the Drug Policy Alliance, visit www.drugpolicy.org.