Joel F. Dillard, P.A.

Jackson, MS

We are pleased to announce that Joel F. Dillard, P.A. is joining our fellowship program in 2019. This is the 2019 fellowship description for this mentor organization. This fellowship has been awarded to Emily Dowdle from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and Gerald Kucia from University of Mississippi School of Law.

Joel Dillard is a solo union-side labor practitioner in Jackson, Mississippi.  The firm's mission is to provide elite legal and policy advocacy on behalf of some of the most underrepresented employees in the nation.  The practice spans the full spectrum of labor, employment, and constitutional issues faced by employees and unions in Mississippi.  Potentially interested applicants are encouraged to review the firm blog to learn more about the work of the firm.  (http://www.joeldillard.com/blog.shtml)

Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in real legal work.  A previous summer clerk briefed a motion for summary judgment in a disability discrimination case - generating a high-quality writing sample in the process - and propounded and answered written discovery in a wage-and-hour case.  In addition to written advocacy, the Fellow will also have face-to-face client meetings every week, and may attend trials, hearings, depositions, and settlement conferences as they occur.

The firm's goal is to provide an experience which will allow the Fellow to determine whether to pursue a career representing workers in the deep south.  Applicants should submit a cover letter describing the reasons they are considering such a career. 

In addition to the basic application requirements (cover letter, application form, essays, resume), applicants for this fellowship should also provide a legal writing sample and law school transcript.

Address cover letter to:

Joel Dillard
Joel F. Dillard, P.A.
775 N. Congress Street
Jackson, MS 39202