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Gibbons Fellowship

The Gibbons Fellowship, originally conceived as a five-year commitment, recently celebrated its 28th anniversary. Throughout its history, it has litigated the most significant legal issues of our time – from the death penalty to same-sex marriage, from the rights of detained enemy combatants at Guantánamo and elsewhere (including the right of the public to know about their treatment) to equal funding for education, from the law of domestic violence to the rights of pregnant women, juvenile defendants, persons with AIDS, and current and recently released prison inmates, among others. Today, for example, the Fellowship is particularly engaged in high profile issues such as immigration/family separation, gun control, school desegregation, and police accountability.

Most recently, the Gibbons Fellowship won significant victories in federal and state cases involving prohibiting long sentences for juvenile offenders; requiring the disclosure of documentation regarding the CIA’s program of torture and abuse of enemy combatants; upholding state regulation of large capacity magazines for firearms; sustaining our challenge to New Jersey’s deeply segregated schools; and prohibiting the use of hearsay evidence in juvenile court. We also fought, albeit unsuccessfully, against the unfettered ability of federal prosecutors to repeatedly try criminal defendants against whom convictions cannot be obtained and for the disclosure of photographs of tortured detainees. Additionally, we settled an important case involving the unlawful separation of a child from his mother at the border and have assisted several individuals to resist deportation, even as we continue to litigate the constitutionality of the detention without due process of others who have been arrested by ICE, though there is little chance that they will be deported. The Gibbons Fellowship maintains its fight for a meaningful Citizens Complaint Review Board in Newark, New Jersey; for the First Amendment rights of nonprofits against a New York state statute requiring that they disclose membership lists; and for increased transparency with regard to the sale and use of firearms and the treatment of inmates in private prisons. And, of course, in the tradition of our namesake, the late John J. Gibbons, whom we lost in December 2018, we continue our fight against the death penalty and for inmates on death row, whether federal or in states, like Alabama, where capital punishment persists.

The Gibbons Fellows, led by Lawrence S. Lustberg, public interest and criminal defense attorney and longtime director of the Gibbons Fellowship, undertake public interest and constitutional law projects and litigation. Requests for representation or advice are considered from all sectors, public and private, including public interest organizations, legal services or public defender offices, government agencies, private nonprofit corporations, courts, and individuals. Working with a broad cross-section of public interest groups, the Fellowship Program has become widely known in New Jersey and nationally as a voice for the poor and underrepresented.

Areas of Focus

Fellowship Application

Gibbons P.C. annually sponsors the nationally recognized John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law and the firm is doing so again for the 2019-2021 time period. Applications are hereby solicited. In order to continue our great tradition, the 2019-2021 Gibbons Fellow should be a person of high academic achievement and professional accomplishment. Preferably, the person selected should have served a judicial clerkship or been actively working in the field of public interest law; only in extraordinary cases will persons who are currently third-year law students be considered for the Fellowship. The Gibbons Fellow must have demonstrated a real commitment to public interest work. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2019, but applications will be considered as they are received, and it is possible that a Fellow will be selected before the deadline closes. At the latest, we anticipate having hired our 2019-2021 Fellow by the end of May 2019.

Fellowship candidates must complete the following application, along with the following:

  1. Law School Transcript;
  2. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation;
  3. Resume; and
  4. Writing Sample.

Please send applications and materials to:

GIBBONS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Gibbons P.C.
One Gateway Center
Newark, New Jersey 07102-5310

Attention: Lawrence S. Lustberg, Director, John J. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest & Constitutional Law

Click here to view the application for a Gibbons Fellow position for 2019-2021.

Past and Present Fellows

Program Director
Lawrence S. Lustberg

Fellows
Michael R. Noveck (2019-2021)
Jessica L. Hunter (2018-2020)
Farbod K. Faraji (2017-2019)
J. David Pollock (2016-2018)
Avram D. Frey (2015-2017)
Ana Isabel Muñoz (2014-2016)
Joseph A. Pace (2013-2015)
Portia D. Pedro (2012-2014)
Benjamin Yaster (2012-2014)
Jonathan M. Manes (2011-2013)
Alicia L. Bannon (2010-2012)
Eileen M. Connor (2009-2011)
Jennifer B. Condon (2008-2010)
Avidan Y. Cover (2007-2009)
Melanca D. Clark (2006-2008)
Emily B. Goldberg (2005-2007)
Megan Lewis (2004-2006)
Gitanjali S. Gutierrez (2003-2005)
Jonathan L. Hafetz (2003-2005)
Jennifer Ching (2002-2004)
Shavar D. Jeffries (2001-2003)
Philip G. Gallagher (2001-2003)
Risa E. Kaufman (2000-2002)
Jessica A. Roth (1999-2001)
Lori Outz Borgen (1998-2000)
David Thronson (1997-1999)
Laura Klein Abel (1996-1998)
James E. Ryan (1995-1997)
Lenora M. Lapidus (1994-1996)
Jonathan Romberg (1993-1995)
Elizabeth B. Cooper (1992-1994)
John V. Jacobi (1991-1993)
Lawrence S. Lustberg (1990-1992)