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Each year, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts selects approximately 5-6 Lindsay Fellows who have shown leadership potential and academic ability to intern at the Court.

Judge Reginald C. Lindsay

Judge Reginald C. Lindsay, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1945, was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1993. Judge Lindsay was the second African-American appointed to the federal bench for this district, and was a notable figure in the Boston legal community during his time in private practice.


Judge Lindsay was deeply committed to local public service along with advancing student learning opportunities. It is fitting, then, that the Lindsay Fellowship was established in his honor, providing students a unique educational opportunity at the John J. Moakley Courthouse while connecting them to the Greater Boston community.


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John J. Moakely Federal Courthouse


The fellowship is located at the John J. Moakley U.S. District Courthouse in Boston, MA.

The Lindsay Fellowship Program

During this intense nine-week summer program, Fellows intern in a judge's chambers and participate in courses that focus on legal research and writing. During the second month of the program, each Fellow is assigned to the United States Attorney's Office, the United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office, or Federal Public Defender Office. Throughout the course of the program, Fellows meet with judges, court personnel, community leaders, visit different law schools, and participate in various community service activities.


At the end of the program, Fellows take part in a moot court competition, which is argued before a federal judge. Throughout the summer, students prepare for this competition under the guidance of legal professionals.

Program Q&As

What are the benefits?
  • Learning about the judicial system
  • Gaining leadership and networking skills
  • Enhancing critical reading and writing skills
  • Gaining mentors
  • Enhancing public speaking abilities
  • Meaningful friendships
  • Competitive summer learning opportunity
Who is eligible?

This program is for college students who have a strong interest in a career in law. Nelson Fellow program graduates are given first preference, as are first-generation college students, but all students are considered.

When & where is the Fellowship?

The program runs 9 weeks from June-August. Exact program dates will be released soon. During those 9 weeks, the Fellowship will take place from Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.


The Fellowship takes place at the John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse, located at 1 Courthouse Way in Boston's Seaport District.

Is this a paid opportunity?

Fellows will receive an educational stipend. Additionally, travel to and from the Fellowship is paid for.

When & where do I apply?

Applications are now closed for 2020. Please check back in early December for our call for applications for the 2021 Lindsay Fellowship program.


To access the online application, click on the button below.

What are my next steps?

When application period is open:

  • Send in a completed online application
  • Be ready to provide your transcript and a letter of recommendation from a recent professor
  • Have proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residence status (green card)

If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to fellowship_coordinator@mad.uscourts.gov


Sponsors

The Honorable Patti B. Saris

"Every summer I look forward to meeting the Nelson and Lindsay Fellows. I enjoy sharing my trials, explaining constitutional rights and watching their enthusiasm in participating in the mock trial."

The Honorable Richard G. Stearns

"A dozen Nelson and Lindsay Fellows over the years have become part of my extended chambers family. Whatever my law clerks and I have been able to teach over the course of too short a summer has been repaid a hundred times over by the joy of following the Fellows' life experiences and successes as they grow into adulthood. The Fellows are a living legacy honoring the memory of the two great judges whose names will always be connected to theirs."

The Honorable Denise J. Casper

"One of the highlights of my first year on the bench was working with the Nelson Fellows and Lindsay Fellows this past summer. The Fellows were a bright and energetic group who were so eager to learn about civic responsibility and the judicial system. It was pleasure to work with them and I look forward to welcoming new classes of Fellows to the Court in the years to come."

The Honorable Judith G. Dein

"Having the Nelson Fellows here has always been a highlight of the summer. These students bring with them a diversity of experiences and thirst for knowledge that energizes all of us. You know that these Fellows are going to go on to accomplish a lot in their lives."

Newsletters

Alumni

We learned loads of information that greatly benefited us during the Fellowship, especially in our Judge's chambers and during our respective placements, and that will continue to benefit us long after we leave Moakley - through strengthening of our arguments, strengthening of our writing, and most importantly, strengthening of our confidence in ourselves and our capabilities. - Sherley Muscade (2019)

I'm thankful for my experience and time spent in the Judge Lindsay Fellowship program. A truly amazing summer and exposure to all of the people I met, who have helped me along the way throughout the program. - Derek Hall (2011)

Thanks to the Lindsay Fellowship Program, I was able to take a legal writing class before even going to law school. This class prepared in terms of what to expect in legal writing class in law school. - Aneisha Andrews (2010)

The Lindsay Fellowship provided a rare and privileged opportunity to sample law school and build meaningful relationships. The writing class demonstrated the commitment needed to succeed as a first year law school and prepared us for our first year of law school. The relationship we built will prove to be instrumental as we approach applying to law schools. - Rafael Feliciano (2010)

The mediation program in the Community Dispute Settlement Center allowed me to gain the knowledge and power to analyze and deal with conflicts using different methods to receive constructive outcomes that can benefit all parties involved. - Paoli Roman-Borrero (2010) on the Community Dispute Settlement Center mediation program


Alumni: Keep in touch!

Please send your updated contact information to the Clerk's Office: fellowship_coordinator@mad.uscourts.gov

Judge Lindsay and the Flight of the Bumblebee

"I compare you, as I have compared other Nelson Fellows, to an insect, the bumblebee. If you confine yourself to the basic facts about the bumblebee, to what some people think are the laws of science, you will conclude that the bumblebee cannot fly. The basic facts are that the bumblebee's wings are too small, and its body too large and poorly-shaped to permit flying. But the bumblebee is not confined by the basic facts, by the stereotypes, by the probability curve. The bumblebee does not know the so-called laws of science of the predictions of the probability curve. Thus, the bumblebee is not limited to an earthbound existence. It is not limited by the way it looks, where it comes from or by what the superficial inquiry will predict about its capacity. The bumblebee flies, and so do you."

(Taken from remarks by Judge Lindsay at the 2004 Nelson Fellowship Graduation)


Former Outreach Coordinator Ginny Hurley 1957 - 2015


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