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1 Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowship Grantee Organization Data Sheet - Summer 2014 Name of Organization Organization s Mailing Address Note: if you have multiple offices for which you are requesting Fellows, please include all addresses. Organization s Website Fellowship Contact Person (Name, Title, Phone Number and ) Note: this person at your organization will serve as your contact person for purposes of this fellowship and will receive all relevant communication. Number of Fellows requested for each office National Law School of India University, Bangalore National Law School of India University P.B. No. 7201, Nagarbhavi Bangalore India Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas Associate Professor Ph: Bangalroe = 1 Please include the number of Fellows (up to 2) that you are requesting for each office i.e., NYC = 2; DC = 1. Number of attorneys employed by your organization NIL Please note the number of attorneys for each office in which you are requesting Fellows. Would a Fellow in your office be supervised by an attorney? Would a Fellow in your office engage primarily in legal work? Have you previously hosted legal interns in your office? No Yes Yes Page 1 of 5

2 1. Please provide a brief overview of your organization s mission and work. The National Law School of India University came into existence through a Notification under the National Law School of India University Act (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986). It signified the culmination of efforts by the Judiciary, the Bar Council of India, the Karnataka Bar Council, the Bangalore University and the Government of Karnataka to reform legal education and to establish a centre of excellence for legal education and research in India. The Chief Justice of India is the Chancellor of the University. The Chairman, Bar Council of India, is the Chairman of the General Council. Degrees offered in the University include B.A. LLB (Hons.), LLM, M.Phil, LLD, Ph.D. The University also runs distance education diploma courses. Quite a few research centres actively operate in various streams of Law in the National Law School of India University. Some which are associated with Human Rights in particular are Human Rights Lawyering Project, Centre for Women & the Law (CWL), Centre For Child and the Law (CCL), Centre for Environmental Education, Research and Advocacy (CEERA), Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy(CSSEIP), National Institute of Human Rights (NIHR), The Institute of Law & Ethics in Medicine (TILEM), and Commons Cell. Endowment Chairs associated with the area of Human Rights in National Law School of India University are UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Chair on Refugee Law, the NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) Chair on Human Rights, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Chair on Juvenile Justice, and Ministry of Consumer Affairs Chair on Consumer Law & Practice. The Law School has undertaken many research projects funded by the UGC, the Government of India, the Government of Karnataka, the Department of Women and Child Development, the UN agencies, the World Bank, HIVOS etc. These have served to strengthen research and teaching at the Law School. The National Law School of India University has exchange programmes with the National University of Singapore, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada and Buceuius Law School, Germany. Students from the Law School have spent a Semester in these Law Schools and their students have spent at least a Trimester here. Eighteen batches have completed their studies here. Many students have pursued further studies in their chosen areas of Law in other prestigious Universities like Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Michigan, York and other Universities abroad on prestigious scholarships like Rhodes and INLAKS. Page 2 of 5

3 2. Please describe, to the best of your ability, the anticipated assignments and responsibilities of a summer Fellow in your office? A summer Fellow can anticipate research assignments on various areas of research in Law and other allied streams of studies. The research may include field work if so required. A summer Fellow working for the Human Rights Lawyering Project can also expect to work with practicing human rights lawyers and be involved in planning and strategizing. 3. What, if any, specific skills (i.e., language proficiency or computer familiarity) do you require of the Fellow? The fellow should be fluent in English and should be well-versed with MS Word, MS Power Point, and should familiarize herself/ himself with online databases at the Law School. If the Fellow would like to do field work, knowledge of the local language would be essential. 4. Please provide any additional information about your organization that may be helpful to interested applicants. Nil 5. Organizations participating in the Ford Fellowship are strongly encouraged, but not required, to interview potential Fellows. Do you anticipate that your organization will conduct interviews with candidates before finalizing your ranking? If required, over Skype. Page 3 of 5

4 6. Please select the three issue areas that best describe your organization s mission and primary work. Agriculture / Food Gun Control Issues AIDS / HIV Health / Medical Animal Issues Homelessness / Housing Arts / Entertainment Human Rights Bankruptcy / Debt Immigration / Refugee Business / Economic Issues Intellectual Property / Technology Children / Youth Labor Civil Rights / Liberties Municipal Law Communications Native American / Tribal Law Consumer Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice / Product Liability Criminal Poverty Cyberlaw Prisoners Issues Death Penalty Property / Real Estate Disability Racial / Ethnic Justice / Cultural Rights Domestic Violence Religious Issues Economic Development Reproductive Issues Education Security / Defense /Arms Control Elderly Sports Employment / Employment Tax Discrimination Environment / Energy / Utilities Trade Family Transnational Justice / Democratic Process First Amendment Trusts and Estates GLBTQ Voting / Campaign Finance Government Accountability / Legal Reform / Whistleblowers Women s Issues Workers Rights Page 4 of 5

5 7. Please select the work types that best describe your organization s activities. Administrative Advocacy Administrative / Management Advice-Only Phone Line Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Civil Litigation Class Action Client-Based Community Education Community Organizing Community Outreach Enforcement Factual Investigation Individual Cases Innovative Advocacy Intake and Referral Law Reform Legal Writing Legislative Lobbying Media Advocacy Non-Legal Policy Pro Se Clinics Publications Regulatory Reform Research Training Transactional Watchdog Please return this form to: Douglas E. Wood, Program Officer, Advancing Higher Education Access and Success The Ford Foundation 320 East 43rd Street New York, N.Y T: F: Page 5 of 5

Approximate counts: NY: 24 DC: 25 LA: 12 SF: 16 Chicago: 8 Beijing: 2 Yes, in all listed offices.

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