In 2017, New Orleans Bulldog Rescue (NOBR) prevailed in the Supreme Court of Louisiana against the Louisiana SPCA, in a case that clarified when private entities serving public functions are subject to public records laws, and under what conditions. (http://www.lasc.org/opinions/2017/16c1809.opn.pdf) The case has far-reaching implications to other industries that may designate private parties to act as an instrumentality of a municipality (i.e. private prisons, pipeline construction, traffic cameras, etc…).

To build on this success, NOBR is now working with city leaders to establish an “Orleans Parish Animal Welfare Citizen Advisory Board.” Among other functions, this Board would be responsible for: overseeing the city’s animal control contract with the LASPCA; providing reliable statistics to the public regarding local animal population and euthanasia; maximizing resources allocated by city agencies including NOPD and Municipal Court; and advising the Mayor and City Council on local animal welfare issues. Law student volunteers are needed to help research citizen boards and animal welfare initiatives in other cities, and draft official articles for consideration by the New Orleans City Council.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample to Michael.Schachtman@lsba.org. (JD ’11)

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LOUISIANA APPLESEED
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Position: Full Time, Exempt
Reports to: Board of Directors
Supervises: Staff and Attorney volunteers
Location: New Orleans

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION:
Louisiana Appleseed is an award-winning, innovative, non-partisan 501(c)(3)
organization founded in 1997, and reconstituted in 2007, whose mission is to work for
systemic policy reforms that achieve justice and fairness for vulnerable populations in
Louisiana. We are a flourishing nonprofit with a diverse Board of Directors comprised
of 21 professionals, including members of the judiciary. To date, we have engaged over
200 volunteers to donate pro bono time to effect long-lasting, systemic change in our
state. Our goal is to advance social justice by increasing access to education,
opportunity and justice. We devise effective solutions to broad-based problems and
build meaningful community partnerships. Our professional volunteers, mostly
lawyers, use their unique skill sets to work closely with government agencies, and other
nonprofits to identify and solve our state’s most challenging issues. We often
collaborate with community partners to provide research, advocacy, and policyoriented
solutions to enhance their direct services.

POSITION DETAILS:

Job Summary:
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall operations of the
organization, from administration (information technology, reporting, metrics,
facilities) to human capital (recruiting, hiring, mentoring, career progression,
departures). The ED will lead fundraising efforts and partner closely with the Board of
Directors to ensure future growth and execute the organizations strategic plan. The ED
organizes, directs, coordinates and implements projects to accomplish policy and programmatic decisions.

The application deadline is June 19, 2018.

Learn More: LOUISIANA APPLESEED Executive Director (FINAL)

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Mitigation Investigator:

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a mitigation investigator. The mitigation investigator will work as part of a team with attorneys representing clients facing capital trials in Louisiana. He or she will investigate the circumstances of the offense; obtain and analyze anecdotal and documentary evidence relevant to the client’s life history; identify, locate and interview witnesses relevant to both the crime and the client’s life history in a culturally competent manner; furnish memos on a variety of topics including social histories and chronologies; consult with attorneys to develop penalty phase theories of the case and case strategy; organize and administer the case file; assist in the identification of and work with experts; and provide litigation support to counsel. The ideal applicant will have investigation experience and/or experience working directly with indigent populations; a driver’s license is required.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993. The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings. We represent clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and in federal cases.

In recent years, the LCAC has been at the cutting edge of capital defense litigation, particularly in areas such as prosecutorial misconduct, racial and religious discrimination, adequate indigent defense funding and the capital prosecution of those with serious mental impairments. In the context of its casework, the LCAC pursues impact litigation in critical areas so as to advance the position of indigent capital defendants more generally. The LCAC emphasizes excellence and creativity in capital practice as well as making the client the center of all efforts in the case.

Interested applicants should provide the following by email to Linda Cortez at lcortez@thejusticecenter.org: cover letter discussing your interest in the position, CV, writing sample, undergraduate transcript if graduated within the past five years, and contact information on three references. The position is open until filled but motivated applicants should aim to submit materials as soon as possible. More information about LCAC can be found at http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac. The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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In partnership with Serve Louisiana, The Pro Bono Project is currently recruiting 2 AmeriCorps positions with its Volunteer and Community Outreach Program. Corps Members serve full time for 11 months starting September 1st. Benefits include a living allowance of $14,000, an education award of $5,920, health insurance, student loan forbearance, child care reimbursement, in-depth personal and professional development, and valuable networking opportunities. For more information and to apply, visit servelouisiana.org.

About Serve Louisiana:

As Louisiana’s longest-running AmeriCorps program, Serve Louisiana offers young leaders 11-month opportunities to work with community-based organizations to improve the health and lives of South Louisiana families and children. Through progressive, hands-on training, coaching and mentoring, we prepare people to address the real needs facing communities — poverty, mental health and wellness, education, youth development, environmental preservation — and help to effect true, long-term change.

About the Corps Member Experience:

Corps members serve 40 hours a week from September 1, 2018-July 31, 2019 with a community-based organization providing capacity-building activities such as volunteer coordination, program development, social media/technology coordination, and community outreach. Through their partner organization site and through Serve Louisiana, corps members enjoy personal and professional development opportunities, workshops, trainings and extensive networking opportunities.

Member Benefits:

Serve Louisiana members work with a single partner organization from September 1st through July 31st. Here’s what you can expect:

+ A full time workload
+ Major Medical Insurance
+ 10 personal days and 6 federal holidays off
+ In-depth personal and professional development
+ $5,920 education award upon graduation, which may be applied to student loans or additional education
+ $14,000 annual living allowance, paid twice monthly
+ Student loan forbearance
+ Child care reimbursement
+ Valuable networking opportunities

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Civil Rights Corps is recruiting for two key positions: an Operations Manager and a Supervising Attorney.  Full descriptions are posted here.

Civil Rights Corps is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system.  We work with individuals accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge mass human caging and to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom.  Civil Rights Corps engages in advocacy and public education and specializes in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation with the goal of resensitizing the legal system and our culture to the injustice and brutality that characterize the contemporary American criminal system.

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Internship Opportunities with the Louisiana State Bar Association High School Program- Calling all Law Students!

Please review this flyer for more information on an internship opportunity with the Louisiana State Bar Association. The internship would occur on June 11 – 29, 2018 at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA.

Law student volunteers will assist Suit Up students in drafting legal memos, preparing for oral arguments, accompanying students on field trips, and all other aspects of the program except individual assignments.

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Inside Out: Reflections on incarceration in Louisiana presented by Level Artist Collective.  Featuring Keith Calhoun, Glenn Ford, Ana Hernandez, Maria Hinds, Chandra McCormick, Brandan Odums, Sheila Phipps, Rontherin Ratliff, John Isiah Walton, and Carl Joe Williams.

Double Shotgun
3024-3026 St. Claude Ave.
April 14-May 6, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, April 14, 2018, 5-8 p.m.

Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday 12-5 or by appointment

Louisiana currently has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the United States (and the world), with 816 people in prison for every 100,000 residents. That’s nearly double the national average. Since the late 1970’s the number of people in prison has grown 30 times faster than the state’s population.

While New Orleans celebrates its “Tricentennial,” Inside Out seeks to recognize our incarcerated populations and provide insights into their lived experiences. Every day in the state of Louisiana thousands of people are enduring dangerous, torturous and inhumane conditions of confinement that have long lasting physical and psychological effects. Their voices are often marginalized, yet their resilience, creativity and experiences have much to contribute to the narrative of American life and history.

Much of this exhibit relates to Angola prison or LSP (Louisiana State Penitentiary), an 18,000 acre maximum security prison located on the banks of the Mississippi river in central Louisiana on land formally occupied by slave plantations. Also known as ‘The Farm’, Angola houses 6300 incarcerated men, most of whom have life sentences among whom most will die in the prison. The Department of Corrections paired with a racially biased legal system, perpetuates a legacy of slavery by disproportionately targeting black, brown and poor white people for incarceration, the majority of whom are housed in for-profit facilities. One in eighty-six adult Louisianians are incarcerated, nearly double the national average. Among black men from New Orleans, one in fourteen are behind bars; one in seven are either in prison, on parole or on probation.

Inside Out offers an opportunity to recognize people who are affected by mass incarceration,  whose lives and voices can teach us much about the American condition and ongoing histories of struggle for equitable social justice.

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John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA), a program of the Board of Regents, will be accepting applications for the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program January 1- April 30, 2018, for eligible prosecutors and public defenders across the state.

The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program in Louisiana provides for the repayment of eligible educational loans (both Federal Family Education Loan Program [FFELP] and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans) for state and federal public defenders and state prosecutors employed in Louisiana who agree to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years.

Eligible applicants who are interested in applying for the award or who would like more information are encouraged to visit the LOSFA website, http://www.osfa.la.gov. The application can be accessed under the Louisiana Award System tab beginning January 1, 2018.

For more information, contact LOSFA at 1-800-259-5626 or visit us online at www.osfa.la.gov.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is seeking candidates for two positions.

Children’s Rights – Reporting to Deputy Legal Director, Zoe Savitsky, the Senior Supervising Attorney will use every possible tool available – including litigation and legislative and public advocacy – to challenge the privatization of public education and the structural inequalities that disproportionately direct vulnerable children from the classroom and toward prison and prevent them from accessing the services they need to flourish in their communities. The ideal candidate will be an exceptionally talented impact litigator, strategist, and manager who will help build a team focused on pursuing justice on behalf of vulnerable children. More information about the role can be found here: https://nonprofitprofessionals.com/job/splc-childrights

Criminal Justice Reform – Reporting to Deputy Legal Director, Lisa Graybill, the new Senior Supervising Attorney will use every possible tool available – including litigation and legislative and public advocacy – to challenge the structural inequalities in Alabama’s criminal justice system that result in mass incarceration and the disproportionate incarceration of people of color. The ideal candidate will be an exceptionally talented impact litigator, strategist, and manager to lead a team focused on equity and constitutional compliance at every stage of the criminal justice system. More information about the role can be found here: https://nonprofitprofessionals.com/job/splc-crimjust

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Court Watch NOLA is hiring a Chapter Development Specialist to encourage the development of court monitoring programs locally, regionally and nationally.

Learn More: Courtwatch NOLA Position Description

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