Joel F. Dillard, P.A.

Jackson, MS

This is the 2021 fellowship description for this mentor organization.

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.  (

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.

At this time it is not expected that remote work will be necessary. However, in the event of COVID-19 vaccine distribution disruptions or other unexpected events which prolong pandemic conditions, remote work options may be offered.

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