The Ginsburg-Scalia Fellowship

Ideologically Opposed. Collegially Engaged.

The New Civil Liberties Alliance is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the Third Annual Ginsburg-Scalia Fellowship program, that will take place on Wednesday nights each week from late May 2024 to the end of July 2024 in Washington, D.C.

Fellows who complete the program receive $1,000 honorarium.

Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia defended civil liberties, albeit from opposite ends of the jurisprudential spectrum. Their legendary friendship was a beacon of collegiality in a world increasingly clouded by partisan rancor.

In their honor, the New Civil Liberties Alliance instituted the Ginsburg-Scalia Fellowship, a prestigious summer program for law students to explore the denial of core constitutional rights by the Administrative State: freedom of expression, freedom of association, religious liberty, due process, freedom from unreasonable search, and equality before the law.

Each year, NCLA selects 18 Fellows from both sides of the political aisle – nine Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fellows and nine Antonin Scalia Fellows –  nominated for participation by the law firms where they will be working as summer associates. Fellows attend eight evening dinner lectures in June and July, led by renowned legal scholars, judges, government officials, and respected legal practitioners. Lectures in prior years have included Randy Barnett, Don Elliott, Philip Hamburger, Christopher Landau, Gary Lawson, Jennifer Mascott, Hon. Neomi Rao, John Yoo, and others.

In honor of the collegial tradition of Justices Ginsburg and Scalia, the fellowship opens with an introductory dinner and visit to the Kennedy Center to see an opera. The program culminates in a civil, public debate between two notable attorneys who come at a key constitutional issue from opposite ideological perspectives (past debate participants have included Thomas Dupree, Jonathan Brightbill, and others). This final debate celebrates the non-partisan nature of our basic civil liberties, as well as the legal profession’s historical role in safeguarding those freedoms against infringement by the Administrative State.

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