The WLALA Foundation of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Fran Kandel Public Interest Fellowship (“Kandel Fellowship”). The WLALA Foundation will award summer fellowships to law students who develop and implement a project in the field of public interest law to benefit people in the greater Los Angeles area, in the spirit of Fran Kandel. It is a testament to Fran Kandel’s impact that since 1985, the WLALA grant program has awarded over 30 law student grants totaling over $130,000.
Each Kandel Fellow may receive up to $5,000 as a stipend and some limited additional expenses with a detailed supporting project budget. The Kandel Fellowship may be received in addition to school-based or other summer public interest funding.
The Kandel Fellowship is designed to support particular projects with a tangible outcome, either working with an organization or independently, during the summer of 2018. Historically, the Foundation has funded proposals such as information booklets, brochures, educational curricula, or videos. We also encourage the use of electronic or digital platforms for Foundation-sponsored projects. The Kandel Fellowship is not intended for purely academic research projects. Strong preference is given to applicants who have the support of a sponsoring organization and who have arranged for an organization or suitable individual to supervise and guide his or her work on the project.
FRAN KANDEL PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP
Thank you for your interest in applying for the 2018 Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation (“WLALA”) Fran Kandel Public Interest Fellowship (“Kandel Fellowship”). We are proud to announce a newly structured Kandel Fellowship program in 2018.
The WLALA Foundation is a non-profit charitable corporation created to increase the utility of the law as an instrument of social justice. The WLALA Foundation awards summer fellowships to law students who work with an organization or individually to develop and implement a project in the field of public interest law to benefit people in the greater Los Angeles area, in the spirit of Fran Kandel.
Who is Fran Kandel?
Fran is remembered as animated, generous, loving, honest, indomitable, celebrating of diversity, brilliant, and for her love of “humanity in general and people in particular.” Fran graduated with highest honors from Tufts University in 1954 and earned a Master's Degree from Columbia University. She moved to Los Angeles in 1960 and taught social studies to troubled teenage girls. After raising her children, she attended UCLA School of Law.
After graduation, Fran served as an attorney for the California Court of Appeals from 1976 to 1988 and the California Appellate Project until 1993. Fran was WLALA's President (1989-1990), a Pro Bono Service Awardee in 1993 and 1994 for work with Salvadoran refugees at El Rescate, the 1999 WLALA Distinguished Service Award recipient, and a founder of the WLALA public interest grant program in 1985. Among other honors, she received the New Volunteer of the Year award from the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in 1994. Fran chaired the Prisoners Committee of the State Bar Legal Services Section, where she also served for 20 years, and actively promoted justice as a trustee, governor, or member of various other Bar committees and legal associations. She believed and proved that one person's life can make the world better.
What is the Fran Kandel Public Interest Fellowship?
Each Kandel Fellow may receive up to $5,000 as a stipend and some limited additional expenses with a detailed supporting project budget. The Kandel Fellow may be received in addition to school-based or other summer public interest funding. A portion of the stipend is paid at the beginning of the summer and the remaining upon full completion of the fellowship project; reimbursement of project costs will be paid up to the maximum of the approved budget.
The Kandel Fellowship enables law students to devote time to summer public interest projects and obtain exposure to legal and social concerns of disadvantaged citizens not ordinarily experienced in traditional law practices. Rather than purely academic research, the Kandel Fellowship is designed to fund a particular project with a tangible outcome. Strong preference is given to applicants who have the support of a sponsoring organization and who have arranged for an organization or suitable individual to supervise and guide his or her work on the project.
The purpose of the Kandel Fellowship is to:
● Provide help to the disadvantaged by funding original projects that will directly benefit the under-represented in the greater Los Angeles area;
● Educate and expose law students to legal concerns affecting the disadvantaged in areas outside of traditional legal practices; and
● Encourage the legal community’s involvement in public interest law by funding students who show the capability of and commitment to assisting those in need.
What are examples of past projects?
Past Kandel grant projects have included the preparation or creation of the following:
Materials and curriculum taught at the Lynwood Jail for Women regarding resources to avoid slavery or trafficking;
Know-Your-Rights materials regarding religious refusals of reproductive healthcare;
An educational video and presentation for young women informing them of their rights to equal access to sports under Title IX;
A resource guide for parents and presentation regarding special education services available to children with cancer;
A pamphlet and presentation to help families resolve student truancy citations and to provide truancy-related resources;
A video to guide victims of domestic violence through the process of obtaining a restraining order pro se;
A resource guide for adult children caring for elderly parents in the Los Angeles area;
An easy to understand “roadmap” to assist self-represented litigants with their divorce and child custody cases in the Los Angeles Superior Court;
A “know your rights” handbook for employment discrimination issues faced by gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals;
An educational coloring book to teach children in the dependency court who lawyers are and why they have one;
A pamphlet entitled “Straight Talk to Teens in Foster Care About Mental Health Options in Los Angeles County;”
Materials to help homeless families receive “Aid to Families with Dependent Children” benefits to provide temporary shelter and permanent housing;
A Spanish-language booklet to educate Central American refugee women about their legal rights and available resources;
Additional information about previous pojects can be found at www.wlala.org.
What are the requirements to receive the Kandel Fellowship?
Completion requires recipients to (1) present the finished project three times to different groups that would most benefit from the information provided; and/or (2) present the finished project one or two times to different relevant groups and prepare an article to be published in the WLALA newsletter and/or other relevant journal, newsletter, or publication describing the completed project.
All right, title, and interest in and to the final work product developed as a result of the WLALA Foundation’s Fran Kandel Public Interest Fellowship program will be held by WLALA, subject to limited rights of the law students who develop the work product.
How do I Apply?
Attached is the Kandel Fellowship Application. Your application, essays, a resume, and two letters of recommendation must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2018. FULL APPLICATION CAN BE FOUND HERE.
Please return to: Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
634 S. Spring Street, Suite 617
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Applications may be submitted by email or mail so long as received before the deadline of March 5, 2018. Fellowship applications that do not comply with the requirements detailed herein will not be included in the evaluation process. Lack of approval should not be considered a reflection on the project's merit.
Contact Co-Chairs of WLALA's Grant Committee:
Hon. Nancy Ramirez Sarah Quist
firstname.lastname@example.org / (661) 483-5986 email@example.com / (213) 894-0609
 Excerpts from the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law Volunteer Awards Program and Introduction; and http://www.nytimes.com/2000/07/07/classified/paid-notice-deaths-kandel-frances-wender.html