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Glasses of Water

Water Equity Legal Fellowship

Join the forefront of legal advocacy for water and equity. We the People of Detroit, in collaboration with the Center for Water Security and Cooperation, proudly present the Water Equity Legal Fellowship. This Fellowship offers law students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the realm of water law, focusing on community-driven initiatives and equity-centered perspectives.

What the Fellowship Offers:

Educational Experience:

Fellows will attend weekly classes on water law, featuring guest lecturers from diverse disciplines, with a unique focus on Michigan water and water law issues.

Community Collaboration:

Work closely with community experts, including advocates, lawyers, and researchers, and more, from We the People of Detroit and water lawyers from the Center for Water Security and Cooperation.

Real-world Impact:

Engage in projects with immediate impact, addressing challenges faced by Michigan residents, from lead exposure to unaffordable water rates and water shutoffs.

Why It Matters

Michigan faces diverse water challenges, from unaffordable water rates to lead exposure. Racism and economic discrimination often underpin these crises. Fellows will work to address these inequities.

WE Legal Fellowship Details

Compensation: Fellows will receive an unrestricted $12,000 stipend.

Fellowship Duration:
  • Total Duration: 6 months (June 2024 - December 2024)

  • Summer (June - August): Fellows will work full-time, 40 hours per week.

  • Fall (September - December): Fellows will work part-time, 20 hours per week.

  • Work Model: Fellows will engage in hybrid (remote and in-person) learning opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.

  • Have completed at least two years of law school or 60 credits.

  • Desire a career in water law.

  • Be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Fellow Responsibilities:

Fellows will be required to:

  • Research and write on complex legal and community water issues.

  • Attend virtual and in-person weekly meetings.

  • Engage in one-on-one meetings with WPD  and CWSC staff.

  • Meet, engage, and learn from community members and groups.

  • Participate in other available opportunities.

WE Legal Application
Join us in making a difference in water equity and justice! 

Requested Application Materials

To apply for this Fellowship, please provide the following application materials:


  1. Letter of Interest: Explain your interest in the Fellowship, your experience with water and/or equity issues, and how this Fellowship aligns with your overall career plans.

  2. Video Narrative (no more than 3 minutes):

    1. Where do you see your work as a lawyer intersecting with environmental justice?

    2. Share any experiences with environmental justice that align with your future work.

    3. What are your expectations from this fellowship?

    4. Discuss an environmental issue that you are interested in and what drew you to it.

  3. Resume: Include work experience related to environmental justice.

  4. Unofficial Law School Transcript

  5. Letter of Recommendation: Provide at least one (1) letter of recommendation.


Application Submission

Please upload your application materials in the form to the right. For any questions, contact us at

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WE Legal Fellowship Team


Monica Lewis-Patrick

President, and CEO and Co-founder of We the People of Detroit

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Luke Wilson

Co-founder and Deputy Director of the Center for Water Security and Cooperation



Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari

Executive Director and CoFounder of the Center for Water Security and Cooperation

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Norrel Hemphill

Equal Justice Works Fellow, Great Lakes Environmental Law Center

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