Drawing on the geographic diversity of the ABA and member schools, the Consortium will advance the widespread adoption of model police policies and practices and initiate other projects designed to support effective policing, promote racial equity in the criminal justice system, and eliminate tactics that are racially motivated or have a disparate impact based on race.
Each law school participating in the Consortium is invited to enroll student(s) in the fellowship, a twice annual learning opportunity for students across our network. Students meet weekly via Zoom to hear from a variety of experts on issues related to policing, public safety, and professional development. In addition, students undertake local research projects in support of the Consortium’s goals. The work of past fellows is outlined below and informs the work of future cohorts:
● conduct a police organizational survey to determine local policing contacts and their chain of command and local agencies (to include government and non-governmental agencies, non-profits, civil society organizations, and faith-based institutions) currently working with and/or on policing issues
● obtain training and internal affairs manuals and determine with what regularity these policies and practices are reviewed and updated
● propose outreach and partnership with a local civil rights/legal aid organization OR policing agency/oversight body, in support of their ongoing work and research needs
Information collected from past fellows has informed the Research page of the Consortium’s website.
Each member law school is responsible for credit and compensation for students, as appropriate. Assignments are undertaken under the guidance of a designated member of the law school faculty and the ABA LEPPC Director.
Fellowship classes run from mid-January-April and mid-August-November.
Additional information regarding the Spring 2023 fellowship class is available here