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 internship 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 Internship Program is hosted by Clause 40 Foundation every summer at our headquarters in Washington, D.C. Participants generally engage in projects for 30-40 hours per week over 8-10 weeks, but this schedule can be altered based upon the specific needs of accepted candidates and their academic programs.
Experiences for Clause 40’s legal interns can include (but are not limited to):
Clause 40 Foundation has a dynamic and collaborative environment that prioritizes mentorship and the development of its staff, including interns. Candidates can expect to learn more about the importance of the due process rights guaranteed in the Constitution and how public education, research, and litigation can advance the protection of these rights.
Clause 40’s offices on Capitol Hill are shared with our sister organization, Due Process Institute, which lobbies Congress on criminal law issues. Our staff come from a variety of political perspectives but have a shared passion for protecting the constitutional rights of those involved in our justice system. We are an equal opportunity organization aiming to create a culture that is diverse and equitable. Candidates should be prepared to work in a diverse and bipartisan environment where co-workers and allies hold a variety of personal and political viewpoints.
This internship program is unpaid, but Clause 40 Foundation is open to partnering with other organizations that can provide accepted candidates with a stipend during their time with our organization.
Applications are currently closed.
Betsy is a student at the University of Michigan Law School who received her undergraduate degree from the George Washington University where she became interested in law and policy. At law school, she contributes to the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, where she helps make cases and their outcomes more accessible to the general public. She hopes to help make progressive change in the criminal legal system through her work at Clause 40 Foundation.
Meanna is a law student at Columbia University Law School. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a B.A. in political science and minored in African American studies. She focused on how law and public policy interact with historically vulnerable groups and her honors thesis focused on the traditional oversimplification of Black voting behavior in the American polity. During her time at Berkeley, Meanna served as a Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow in the Office of California State Assembly member Shirley Weber and as a JusticeCorps Fellow in the Pomona Superior Court. Through her work with Clause 40 Foundation, she hopes to learn how to not only bridge perspectives in criminal legal advocacy, but also how to shape the future interdisciplinary discussions addressing pertinent weaknesses in the justice system.
Chloe is a law student studying at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. During her undergraduate career at the University of Denver, her research on the criminal justice system helped develop her interest in restoring adherence to the due process of law to protect those whose constitutional rights are systematically under attack. Through her work with Clause 40 Foundation, she hopes to help address some of the deficiencies present within the current system and ensure that people’s rights and voices are well-served.
Melissa is a law student at The George Washington University Law School. She and her family came to the United States from Cuba and that unique perspective shapes her desire to work with Clause 40 Foundation in its efforts to support the fundamental Constitutional rights available in the American criminal legal system that are unfortunately lacking elsewhere in the world. She believes that an individual’s due process rights are an essential component of any legitimate criminal legal system and agrees with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that an “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Kevin is a law student studying at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His undergraduate degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in Forensic Psychology focused on criminological theory and helped to raise his awareness of the injustices prevalent within our criminal justice system. He looks forward to aiding Clause 40 Foundation’s efforts to ensure the proper role of our due process rights enshrined in the Constitution. To him, erring on the side of individual liberty is not only the moral choice but also strengthens the legitimacy of our criminal justice system in the eyes of our citizens.
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