Michigan Law Outlaws

MLaw's LGBTQ Student Organization Since 1981

The Outlaws Public Service Fellowship
in Memory of Kevin E. Kennedy

The Outlaws Public Service Fellowship is supported by the Spectrum Fund, established by Henry Grix (AB '70, JD '77) and Howard Israel (BFA '72) to provide financial support to students who take on unpaid public-service work during their summer to benefit the LGBTQ+ community. This Fund is supported by our generous donors, and through annual fundraising efforts, including the Kevin E. Kennedy Memorial Gayla. The fellowship is open to both 1Ls and 2Ls.

Fellows must work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks and the work must be non-partisan and supervised by an attorney. In recognition of their selection, the Fellow receives a $6,000 award. Fellows are not eligible for SFF Grant ($6000) or the SFF Loan ($4000). If the fellow is receiving funds from any other sources (e.g. stipend from the employer, grant from Equal Justice America) in excess of a total of $2000, the award will be reduced accordingly.

Previous Recipients
Alex Moody

Joshua Goldman
Lori Interlicchio


Applications are open until February 28, 2019. To download the 2019 application, please click here. Any questions, please e-mail outlawsexec@umich.edu or Bayrex Martí.

Your application must include a copy of your resume and an essay answering the following (in 750 words or less):
Please explain (1) the work you will be doing this summer (including the name of the employer, location, duration of your placement, any funding you will be receiving), (2) how it will further your career goals, and (3) how this work and/or your background/experiences contribute to the LGBTQ community.

The fellowship committee will select applicants based on demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ issues and public service, in general.

At the conclusion of the summer, the Fellow must submit a summary for the Public Service Network that includes the contact information of the organization for which the Fellow worked, a description of the duties performed, and an evaluation of the job experience.

Students interested in receiving Law School funds for a summer or post-graduate position outside the United States must consult with the Office of Career Planning regarding University-required paperwork that must be completed before funds can be released. Further, the University's International Travel Policy lists University Travel Restricted Destinations, and activities in these destinations are not eligible for University funding. Because the list of Travel Restricted Destinations is subject to change, students should be aware that it is possible that funding is not ensured, and should therefore keep in close contact with OCP about potentially affected destinations.

This funding may be considered taxable income even if a W-2 is not issued. This should not be construed as tax advice, however, and we encourage you to consult with a tax advisor for more information.