The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is hiring a Racial Equity & Justice Attorney to direct its Racial Equity & Justice Project.  Please click here for more information about the position & how to apply.

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SLLS is looking to fill a Domestic Violence Project Staff Attorney position funded by Victim of Crime Act (VOCA). The Staff Attorney will provide legal assistance to VOCA eligible domestic violence victims, including but not limited to child custody/visitation, spousal and child support, divorce, protective orders, contempt motions, or other civil legal issues related to the crime, and must be bilingual in English and Spanish.

For more information on applying, visit https://slls.org/get-involved/employment/.

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)’s Family Separation and Special Programs team is looking for a remote summer intern to work on unaccompanied minors’ claims in immigration proceedings as well as damages claims against the federal government under the Federal Tort Claims Act for harm suffered under the family separation policies.

Learn More>>>

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SLLS is Hiring!

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a non-profit law firm serving the 22 parishes east of the Atchafalaya basin. We have offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma and New Orleans. We provide free civil legal aid to low-income households.

SLLS anticipates hiring for the following positions:

DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

The Development & Communications Director is responsible for shaping and implementing SLLS’ development and communications initiatives. This includes private fundraising, external relations, developing and implementing communication plans, maintaining social media for SLLS, updating the SLLS agency website, and other special duties as assigned by the Executive Director. The Development & Communications Director positions SLLS strategically for future financial growth and mission success.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Relevant bachelor’s degree such as marketing, public relations, or strategic planning or law degree with minimum of four years’ of fundraising experience
  2. Experience in both development and nonprofit organizational/programmatic planning
  3. Outstanding written, oral, computer, digital media, organizational, presentation, networking, prioritizing, time management and interpersonal skills
  4. Ability to effectively communicate the work of SLLS to diverse external audiences
  5. Creative, flexible, multi-tasking, detail oriented, analytical and a team player willing to pitch in and do what needs to be done, including small administrative tasks
  6. Experience in planning and implementing successful fundraising events
  7. Commitment to high ethical standards and access to justice for SLLS clients
  8. Demonstrated ability to work independently to meet job expectations without close supervision
  9. Professional, courteous and concerned about clients
  10. Strong work ethic
  11. Desire for professional growth and learning
  12. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and high degree of comfort with Powerpoint,  Publisher, and Excel

Preferred

  1. Prior civil legal aid, legal services, or other nonprofit experience.
  2. Five years’ experience in development and planning work, or equivalent experience, education and/or training, sufficient to demonstrate the required knowledge and abilities to perform the duties of the position.
  3. A proven track record of success in private fundraising, securing major gifts, and training staff and volunteers in development work.
  4. Demonstrated history of community service and personal involvement
  5. Experience with the Bloomerang (or similar CRM), Word Press, Canva, and other software to create original content
  6. Experience placing media stories with mainstream press outlets (print, online, radio, TV) and cultivating relationships with reporters

Salary Range:

$55,000-$75,000

STAFF ATTORNEYS

Baton Rouge

  • Housing
  • Consumer/Public Benefits

Hammond/Covington

  • Housing/Consumer

Houma/New Orleans

  • Veterans Justice Project – legal work for veterans impact by COVID-19 crisis

Houma

  • Domestic Violence work in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes

New Orleans

  • Housing
  • Employment/Public Benefits
  • Consumer/Foreclosure Prevention
  • Litigation/Advocacy
  • Justice Reinvestment Act Reentry work in Orleans/Jefferson Parish

The ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in written and oral communication, client counseling, advocacy, and social service referrals.
  • Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self­motivation, dedication to serving vulnerable people, and the capacity to work well with others.

Full-time staff attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana. Starting salary for a full time staff attorney is $46,000-$55,000 depending on experience. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

SUPPORT STAFF

Hammond

Administrative Support Staff

Covington 

Intake/Receptionist

Starting salary for a full time support staff member is $25,200-29,200 depending on experience. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism are a plus that receives extra compensation. Support staff may also receive additional compensation if they are commissioned as a notary public or if they have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree from an accredited college.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Roxanne Newman, Deputy Director at rnewman@slls.org by May 11, 2020.

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OPD Needs Volunteer Attorneys!

Please see the letter below from OPD.

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The deadline for the 2020 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties has been moved to Monday, April 27, 2020.

Apply today here.

The fellowship is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Fellows each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties. Please note that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, remote projects will be considered.

Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 27, 2020 to be eligible. No email applications will be considered. All applications must be submitted online through the Submittable portal.

For more information, email masur@typemediacenter.org or call 212-822-0263.

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The Vera Institute of Justice is seeking applicants for a legal internship.

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.  At a time of unprecedented challenge, we’re fighting for justice reform built on bedrock American values and grounded in action at the state and local level. Vera has offices in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and the District of Columbia.

The Legal Intern for the New Orleans office will provide a wide range of support for our ongoing projects, including ending money injustice in the criminal legal system, reshaping prosecution, and jail population reduction. The Legal Intern will be supervised primarily by the Associate Director and will complete a variety of projects with other staff. This internship will provide an opportunity for the intern to gain knowledge and experience in research, writing, advocacy, local and state government relations, and criminal legal systems in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana.

Learn More>>>

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A representative from Access Lex will be on campus on March 24, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:15 in Room 112 for the Access Lex workshop, The Road to Zero: A Strategic Approach to Student Loans. This session will review your loan repayment essentials: repayment plan options, consolidation, loan forgiveness and more. Leave with next steps so that you can set yourself up for success on the road to zero!  Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP to: dfinger@loyno.edu by March 18th.

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See below for a notice from The Law Office of William Most.

The Law Office of William Most, a New Orleans-based civil rights law firm, is seeking to hire an associate.

Our practice focuses on litigation involving police misconduct, prisoner’s rights, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, First Amendment rights, and technology company abuses. Our firm also handles some family law and other cases in state and federal court.

We are currently managing a multiple-lawsuit campaign against Louisiana’s practice of holding thousands of inmates past their release dates each year, representing a high-profile death row exoneree, and representing protesters and journalists fighting for their rights. You can read about some of our work here, here, here, and here.

We are seeking a self-motivated attorney with a desire to fight for justice. Strong legal research and writing skills are required, as is a Louisiana bar license – or a willingness to sit for the Louisiana bar exam at the first opportunity.

Please contact us at williammost@gmail.com for more information, and feel free to share this posting widely.

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Peggy Browning Fund Adds Another New Fellowship

Another Summer Fellowship Just Added

SMART – Transportation Division in the Cleveland, OH area

A limited number of other funded fellowships are still available.

Great opportunities for 1Ls and 2Ls interested in social & economic justice.

Students who already applied for other fellowships are also eligible to apply for these.
Applications will be accepted until the positions have been filled.

Details available at www.peggybrowningfund.org

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