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Legal Fellow

$55,000- $60,000
Posted May 28
Full Time


The American Diabetes Association (ADA) s seeking a Diabetes Legal Advocacy Fellow to work with the Association’s advocacy team and attorney volunteers to advance the rights of people with diabetes and to ensure fair treatment and equal opportunities in the workplace, at schools and day care, and in all aspects of society. The fellowship position will mix litigation and non-litigation efforts. The Association is seeking a 2024 law school grad with the energy and passion to help lead advocacy efforts on behalf of the nearly 37 million people with diabetes across the United States.

This two-year Fellowship will help ADA advance our legal advocacy goals to increase fairness for people with diabetes. Working with a mentor, the position will be responsible for:

  • Analyzing and pursuing opportunities for the ADA to engage in impact litigation work in cases of broad import to people with diabetes
  • Working in collaboration with other legal advocacy staff to review ADA legal advocacy intakes to analyze trends, assist with responses, and assess intakes for potential impact litigation/advocacy opportunities.
  • Coordinating ADA legal advocacy volunteers and staff to update ADA advocacy statements covering topics relevant to diabetes-related advocacy
  • Completing special reports on state law and policy as necessary to further the ADA’s legal advocacy goals
  • Working in collaboration with other legal advocacy staff to review and update ADA’s online legal advocacy materials and resources covering schools, childcare, employments, places of public accommodations, and detention settings


  • A JD from an accredited law school
  • A strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task


The American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers a rewarding career working for one of the premier voluntary health organizations in the world supporting people with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Our employees like working at the ADA because of our mission, the inclusive environment, work-life balance, our benefits and our culture:

  • Industry competitive base pay ranging from $55,000 - $60,000 for this role. Base offers are determined by several factors including but not limited to your relevant work experience, education, certifications, location, internal pay equity, etc.
  • A culture of recognition including new hire welcome announcements, service anniversary awards, referral bonuses, monthly All Employee Assembly, appreciation awards
  • Generous Paid Time Off, including holidays, vacation days, personal days and sick days
  • Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), disability & life insurance, pet insurance, and retirement savings
  • Guided by our mission, we provide top tier diabetes supply coverage through our medical benefits program
  • A company focus on offering mental health programs and work/life balance with most of our employees working remote
  • Joining our dedicated team affords the gratification of knowing beyond a doubt that you will impact the lives and well-being of millions

Req Number ADV-24-00004

About the Organization The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a leader in the fight to end diabetes. Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. We provide lifesaving education and resources backed by trusted experts to help people learn how to make life with diabetes easier until the day diabetes is gone for good. Through research, the ADA searches relentlessly for a cure and supports the professionals who provide direct care. Our team is on the ground fighting for those with diabetes who suffer discrimination, health inequity, high health care costs and so much more. Employees of the ADA embrace this mission and vision and keep people living with diabetes at the center of everything we do.

EOE Statement It is the policy of the American Diabetes Association to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.