About the Executive Fellowship Program

Legal services organizations around the country are facing an unprecedented change in their historical business model. The COVID-19 pandemic caused an abrupt shift in staffing and service delivery models, the effects of which are continuing to be felt today. The Black Lives Matter movement underscored the need for ongoing reform and conversations regarding anti-racism efforts in all segments of society, including legal services. There has also been an abrupt shift from a reliable stream of government funding which is causing an increased reliance on foundation and individual giving, and nonprofit legal organizations face an upcoming transition from baby boomer executives to a new generation of leaders.

These changes have left nonprofit legal organizations – and executives and boards – realizing they need to draw on a new set of skills around diversity, equity, and inclusion, human resources, fundraising, marketing, budgeting, communications, program evaluation, and board development. Law school does not prepare lawyer executives or board members with the business skills they need to ensure that nonprofit legal organizations survive – and thrive – in the country’s increasing competitive and complex nonprofit sector.

OneJustice launched the inaugural class of the Executive Fellowship program in September 2010 to respond to the need of the legal services and public interest nonprofit sector to develop strong management skills and train the next generation of diverse leaders. The Program’s ten-month intensive curriculum, with faculty drawn from the for-profit, larger nonprofit and academic sectors, expands the capacity of the nonprofits to serve their clients by supporting and training a diverse class of executive directors and emerging leaders in core business and management skills. The Executive Fellowship delivers graduate-level nonprofit management content with a focus on learning that is both multi-model and peer-based, with classmates from similar organizational backgrounds.

Over the years we've been privileged to work with many nonprofit executives and emerging leaders and we look forward to continuing to equip our next generation of leaders with the skills they need to be successful. OneJustice would like to thank the Bigglesworth Family Foundation and the Bernard E. & Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation for making the OneJustice Executive Fellowship program possible.

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