Protecting and Promoting the Civil Rights of Latinos
MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach organization. Founded in 1968 by San Antonio, Texas attorney Pete Tijerina, MALDEF has as its primary objective the protection and promotion of the civil rights of Latinos living in the United States. It seeks to empower the Latino community to participate fully in American society through impact litigation, advocacy, research, community outreach, leadership development and education and the awarding of law school scholarships.
The Fried Frank MALDEF Fellowship gives an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to spend two years as a Fried Frank litigator and then two years as a staff attorney with MALDEF. At the end of their four-year commitment, our successful Fellows are encouraged to interview to return to Fried Frank and, in some cases, they may continue on the staff of their civil rights organization. We are proud that a number of our former Fellows have held high-level positions on the staff of MALDEF.