Established in 2015 in honor of David Abraham Grossman, a clinical professor at Harvard Law School and a lifelong advocate for social justice, the DAG Fund awards annual $50,000 fellowships to law students who demonstrate exceptional promise as public interest attorneys.

In selecting its fellows, the fund works alongside Harvard Law School’s Office of Public Interest Advising to identify fellowship proposals that are impactful, sustainable, and offer an innovative blueprint for social change. In the spirit of David Abraham Grossman’s legacy and memory as an innovative community lawyer, the DAG Fund prioritizes funding community/movement-based lawyering and law and organizing projects. To that end, the DAG Fund has identified the following criteria in evaluating fellows and their proposals.

DAG Fund fellows should be third-year law students, LLMs, or judicial law clerks with no other post-graduate legal experience who:

·      Have demonstrated a consistent commitment to public interest advocacy, especially community/movement-based lawyering and/or law and organizing;

·      Have participated successfully in law school clinics;

·      Have a long-term interest in living in the location of their fellowship;

·      Intend to obtain a law license in the location of their fellowship;

·      Are familiar with and have contacts in the community in which they want to work; and

·      Will be enthusiastic advocates and spokespeople for the DAG Fund.

Fellowship proposals:

·      Should be designed to advance social justice in the areas of poverty, housing, consumer, labor and employment, civil rights, family, immigration, health law, or criminal justice reform;

·      Should be based in the United States;

·      Should meaningfully involve community partners, particularly organizing groups; and

·      Should be designed to deliver results that are achievable within a year but sustainable.

Applicants should fill out the PSVF application form, but should specifically indicate that they are applying for the DAG Fund Fellowship.

Questions about the DAG Fund Fellowship should be directed to Alexa Shabecoff in OPIA.