Grant Type: General Operating
Duration: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
The Appellate Project believes our highest courts are strongest when they include diverse and underrepresented voices. The Project engages the appellate bar to educate, train, and empower the next generation of appellate lawyers and judges.
The Appellate Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering law students of color to thrive in the appellate field. Appellate courts, our highest courts, determine what our laws mean and how they apply to all of us. Their decisions affect all aspects of our personal lives, from our ability to vote, worship, and immigrate to our approach on healthcare, education, and the criminal justice system. Although these rulings impact diverse communities—and often disproportionately impact racial minorities—people of color have been, and remain, greatly underrepresented as both appellate attorneys and judges. The Appellate Project was founded by Juvaria Khan, who as a civil rights litigator frequently found herself the only Muslim attorney on cases with enormous significance for the broader American Muslim community and saw firsthand how few other minorities—Muslim or otherwise—were practicing law in our highest courts. The Appellate Project has three key programs to ensure that underrepresented law students, including Muslim law students, have the information, resources, and confidence they need to pursue and thrive in appellate work: their Clinic with Howard University School of Law equips law students with skills, mentorship, and work experience; their outreach programs empower students with online and in-person resources to provide access and exposure; and their Incubator, a summer fellowship program set to launch in 2021, is designed for law students interested in appellate work and racial equity.
Year founded: 2019
Location: Washington, DC