Justice Geraldine S. Hines Diversity Fellowship for Lawyers

The legal fellowship is a two-year program for individuals from underrepresented or marginalized groups looking to begin a career as a lawyer. The 2021 application period is now closed.

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About the Fellowship

The Justice Geraldine S. Hines Diversity Fellowship for Lawyers provides opportunities for motivated professionals who want to begin a career in public service as a lawyer and gain valuable experience while serving the people of the Commonwealth. We are seeking candidates whose diverse backgrounds and experiences will contribute to their work as a lawyer in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). We are especially interested in recruiting individuals from historically underrepresented or marginalized groups, including individuals who:

  • Are members of historically underrepresented or marginalized ethnic or racial groups.
  • Manage a disability.
  • Identify as LGBTQ+.
  • Experience(d) housing and/or food insecurity.


The Fellowship allows new attorneys to develop core legal skills while assisting with the OIG’s investigations, audits, reviews, civil recovery actions and training programs. It also provides a broad exposure to state and municipal government and legal work in the public sector.

Over a two-year term, the Fellow will gain an understanding of the work of each of the OIG’s divisions, getting an authentic experience of work as a government lawyer. The Fellow will become familiar with the full scope of the OIG’s operations, including investigations, internal administration, policy and legislative initiatives, education and guidance of local officials, and the role of the General Counsel’s office.

An attorney mentor will provide guidance and support for the Fellow’s professional development while the Fellow learns from the experienced attorneys and staff across the OIG.

The Fellowship is a full-time, two-year commitment. Compensation includes a $60,000 annual salary and all benefits offered to full-time employees. The OIG may consider the Hines Fellow for full-time employment at the end of their term.

About Justice Geraldine S. Hines

The OIG is honored to name this Fellowship after Justice Geraldine S. Hines, who led a distinguished career as a lawyer and jurist that reflected her commitment to public service and social justice. She was the first African-American woman to sit on the Supreme Judicial Court and the first to sit on the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Justice Hines began her career as a staff attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and later worked for the Roxbury Defenders’ Committee. As a private attorney, she litigated civil rights cases, including employment discrimination and police misconduct claims, and co-founded the first law firm in the region composed of women of color. Throughout her career, Justice Hines has also remained active in various civic and community organizations. She continues to dedicate herself to mentoring attorneys throughout their careers.

Selection Criteria

The OIG is seeking diverse candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • A graduate of a class of an ABA- or NEASC-accredited law school in 2020, 2021 or a student that will be graduating in the spring of 2022;
  • Completion of Massachusetts bar exam no later than July 2022; and
  • Commitment to complete a two-year fellowship term.

Candidates will be evaluated on several factors, including:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated interest in public service;
  • Personal and professional accomplishments, including participation in extracurricular activities; and
  • Academic record and relevant skills, including research, writing and investigation.

Selected candidates will be invited for interviews in fall 2021. Interviews may take place virtually or in-person. We expect to extend an offer in December 2021.  

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Cover letter: Explain your interest in the work and mission of the OIG, commitment to public service and experiences you believe are relevant to the Legal Fellowship Selection Committee.
  2. Personal Statement (500 words or fewer): The OIG is committed to promoting an inclusive, diverse team that reflects the diversity of the residents of the Commonwealth. The Geraldine S. Hines Diversity Fellowship reflects the OIG’s priority to recruit, retain and promote attorneys from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

Please submit a Personal Statement that describes a challenge or challenges you experienced as a member of an underrepresented or marginalized group and explains how that shaped your personal and professional growth. You may describe how you overcame a challenge, what you learned from the experience and how it would contribute to the diversity of the OIG. As stated above, diverse backgrounds and experiences include, but are not limited to, individuals who:

  • Are members of historically underrepresented or marginalized ethnic or racial groups.
  • Manage a disability.
  • Identify as LGBTQ+.
  • Experience(d) housing and/or food insecurity.
  1. Resume.
  2. Law school transcript.
  3. List of three academic, personal or professional references.

For questions, please contact us at IGOFellowship@mass.gov or (617) 727-9140.

Applications may be submitted via email, mail or in person to:

Mary Beth Farrelly, Chief Financial Officer
Office of the Inspector General
One Ashburton Place, Room 1311
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 727-9140

The Office will assist applicants in need of accommodations during the application process.

Please Note: Vaccines are required for all OIG employees (absent an approved medical or religious accommodation). The successful candidate will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a request for a reasonable accommodation based on a valid medical or religious reason before the start of employment.

Diversity Officer:
Mary Beth Farrelly

The Office of the Inspector General is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. The OIG does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.  The OIG promotes access, inclusion and diversity for all staff, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding working environment and in keeping with its mission.  The OIG actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce and is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.



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Boston, MA 02108
Last updated: October 4, 2021