Dr. Farha was a cardiac surgeon, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who was affectionately known by friends and family as Dr. Jim. Dr. Jim was born in Lebanon in 1931 and immigrated to America in 1950 intending to become a physician. He attended the University of West Virginia and George Washington University School of Medicine. He and his wife later moved to Wichita, Kansas where he eventually co-founded what would become one of the largest private surgical practices in the country at the time. Throughout his career, Dr. Jim emphasized to all the importance of integrity and putting patients first as a physician. His commitment to freedom, faith, and opportunity for all Americans made him a committed supporter of various causes and organizations.
As an immigrant, Dr. Jim deeply valued the importance of the rule of law in the United States and also understood the importance of protecting the citizenry from the arbitrary use of government power—principles which fueled his support of the Clause 40 Foundation. Clause 40 Foundation is grateful to have had our organization’s founding supported by Dr. Farha and his family prior to his passing. In his honor, we seek to utilize our externship program to train students who will share his passion for honoring, preserving, and promoting the due process rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.
Dr. Jim, left, with his brother, on the steps of a courthouse the day Dr. Jim became a U.S. citizen.
The Dr. Jim Memorial Externship Program is hosted by Clause 40 Foundation every summer at our headquarters in Washington, D.C. Participants generally engage in projects for 30 hours a week over 8 weeks, but this schedule can be altered based upon the specific needs of accepted candidates and their academic programs.
During their time at Clause 40 Foundation, we hope that participants will gain the following skill sets:
· The ability to clearly communicate complex issues of criminal law, constitutional law, and criminal procedure through writing, social media, and verbal communication;
· The ability to effectively analyze the impacts of proposed legislation; and
· Experience working in an intentionally bipartisan manner to advance shared goals motivated by a variety of principles.
Clause 40 Foundation has a dynamic and collaborative workplace on Capitol Hill that is shared with our sister organization--Due Process Institute. Our staff come from a wide variety of political perspectives but have a shared passion for protecting the constitutional rights of those involved in our justice system.
Clause 40 Foundation’s externship program is an unpaid program but candidates can expect a rewarding experience that will leave them with a catalog of high-value writing samples, mentorship by passionate and successful individuals, and an extensive foundation of knowledge on criminal law topics as well as criminal justice reform educational efforts. While Clause 40 Foundation is unable to pay its externs, we are open to partnering with other organizations that can complement our externship program and provide accepted candidates with a stipend during their time with our organization.