California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is pleased to announce a unique incubator program — focused on developing an arts, entertainment and innovation law practice. CLA’s Modest Means Incubator Program (MMIP) is geared toward entrepreneurial attorneys seeking to start their own law practice (graduated from law school 5 years or less). CLA’s MMIP offers 30+ mentors and access to many law office management resources to support practice development.

Learn More: CLA MMIP Flyer

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RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY ASSOCIATE

Community Justice Project, based in Miami, FL, is seeking a Research and Advocacy Associate to join our dynamic and growing movement lawyering team. This position offers the exciting opportunity to work in close collaboration with a group of social justice organizations in South Florida seeking to shift the landscape and advance a transformative agenda for human rights and racial justice.

The Research and Advocacy Associate will provide much-needed research and writing support for ongoing projects, including campaigns in the areas of anti-gentrification, criminal justice, immigrant, and workers’ rights. The Associate will also participate in activities and meetings of Community Justice Project’s organizational partners.

Position: Full time, salaried position for 6 months with the opportunity for renewal. 40+ hours per week.

Benefits: Healthcare (Small Business Health Reimbursement Arrangement) and cell phone reimbursement upon hiring; retirement contributions after period of employment.

Location: Miami, FL

Start Date: January 2018

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Research, using a variety of methods including participatory and scholarly research, data analysis and empirical research;
  • Drafting of reports and white papers for community education and advocacy purposes, including consolidation of findings from community efforts, statistical/data analysis and desk-based research into summary reports;
  • Creating communications and advocacy materials, including infographics, blog posts and social media tools; and
  • Attending meetings, actions and community events that relate to specific research project(s) or ground work.

STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Based on engagement with community partners, assessing the need for additional strategic research and communications to support community led campaigns;
  • Shifting narratives to ensure community voices are centered, and racial justice and human rights frames are lifted up in public discourse;
  • Identifying where research can be leveraged and deployed, as well as creative ways of delivering it to wide and diverse audiences; and
  • Working alongside a dynamic team of lawyers and legal workers dedicated to advancing work led by organized communities of color.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Strong research skills, including data analysis, mapping, and visualization.
  • Very strong verbal and writing skills.
  • Deep commitment to and enthusiasm for racial justice and human rights.
  • Understanding of transformative organizing led by low-income Black and Brown people, intersectionality, and anti-oppression principles and practices.
  • Understanding how lawyers work in service of movements is a plus.
  • Experience working in coalitions and collaborating with diverse partners across a wide range of issue areas.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently in fast-paced environment, and pivot when necessary.
  • Experience working in racial justice, human rights, or social justice spaces.
  • Language skills in Spanish, Haitian Creole or French strongly preferred but not required.
  • A law degree is not required.

TO APPLY
Applications will be reviewed and position will be filled on a rolling basis. Please email intern@communityjusticeproject.com with a resume, cover letter, writing sample and two references in a single PDF document with your name in the title by December 29, 2017 for priority consideration. Please use “Research and Advocacy Associate Application” as the subject line of your email.

Community Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, people with disabilities, returning citizens, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender individuals.

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The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization

2018 Paid Summer Fellowships at Yale Law School

                The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2018 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be accepted from December 4, 2017 and reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $6,960 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.50/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 22 to August 17, 2018, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.  For 2018, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

  • Advanced Sentencing Clinic
  • Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
  • Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Immigration Legal Services Clinic
  • Housing Clinic
  • Veterans Legal Services Clinic
  • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.

Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.

Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and contact information for two references to lso.fellowships@yale.edu. (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 10, 2018.  Early applications are encouraged.

Yale Law School is an Affirmative Action,

Equal Opportunity, Title IX employer

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The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a two year fellowship position designed for junior attorneys with less than three years’ experience in criminal work. The intent of the fellowship is to provide less experienced attorneys with an intense and in-depth introduction into all aspects of a capital defense practice. Fellows will participate in researching and drafting legal filings, factual and mitigation investigation, record gathering, client visitation, case team meetings, case management, court preparation and office-wide strategic discussions. Fellows should expect to work long hours and face high expectations.

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, and 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.

The intended start date for the position is September 2018, though there is some flexibility.  Interested applicants should provide the following by email to Linda Cortez at lcortez@thejusticecenter.org: CV, writing sample, law school transcript, and contact information for three references. Applicants must be barred in Louisiana or willing to take the next Louisiana bar exam. 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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Peggy Browning Fellowships

2018 Summer Fellowships

Funded positions for 1Ls & 2Ls in labor-related organizations

throughout the United States

2018-2019 School-Year Fellowship

1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Application deadline: January 12, 2018

Peggy Browning Alumni are eligible to re-apply.

Tell your friends, too.

Information available at www.peggybrowningfund.org

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Student Worker for Judicial Administrator’s Office

The Louisiana Supreme Court Judicial Administrator’s Office has immediate opening for a part-time self-starter student worker. Successful candidates must be a full-time student at an Accredited College or University (i.e., 12 credit hours for undergrads and 9 credit hours for graduate students) and be able to work 15 – 30 hours per week during the school year, with potential for higher hours during school breaks. Hours of operation are 9am – 5pm weekdays.  Morning availability preferred.  Work assignments will include front desk telephone coverage, data entry, assistance with various administrative tasks associated with legal work, organizing and completing large copy jobs, filing, and other special assignments as needed.

Required skills for this position include but are not limited to:  Microsoft Office Programs, Outlook, excellent customer service attitude, friendly professional demeanor, ability to work independently, strong organizational skills and attention to detail.  Knowledge and/or experience with databases, also helpful.  Candidate must be able to pass criminal background check, as well as skills testing.

$9.00/Hour, plus either paid parking in the French Quarter, or a bus pass.

Send resume to hrresumes@lasc.org and reference JOB JA-SW2017.   EOE/M/F/V/D

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Transgender Law Center is hiring for three attorney positions.

Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/about/careers#op-224606-staff-attorney-or-senior-staff-attorney

Bilingual Immigration Staff Attorney: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/about/careers#op-219252-tide-bilingual-immigration-staff-attorney

Legal Services Project Staff Attorney: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/about/careers#op-219226-legal-service-project-staff-attorney-ca-bar-foundation-legal-fellowship

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Work with Philadelphia’s DA-Elect Larry Krasner. New job and internship postings for attorneys and students of all levels of experience.  The Philly DA’s Office will be among the most progressive in the country with a commitment to ending mass incarceration and cash bail, reforming civil asset forfeiture, and eliminating the death penalty.  Apply here.

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The ACLU of Louisiana is seeking candidates for the executive director position.

Learn More: ACLU ED Position Description 2017 12 4 (FINAL)

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The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services are partnering to offer the Gillis Long Social Justice Fellowship for a second year!

Job Description:

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is the largest non-profit law firm in Louisiana. We serve twenty-two 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 and other vulnerable people.

SLLS anticipates hiring a Gillis Long Social Justice Fellow for our Covington office at 423 N Florida St, Covington, LA 70433 by no later than January 2, 2018 for this Fellowship.

One Year Fellowship to work on general civil legal services and supporting special projects in St. Tammany and Washington parishes including:

  • Intake Attorney in Family Law and General Civil Law Matters
  • Representation in Landlord-Tenant and/or Consumer Cases
  • Outreach and/or Self-Help Projects serving St. Tammany and Washington Parishes

The ideal candidate 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, self-motivation, capacity to work well with others.
  • Commitment to working with underserved legal communities.

Required: Only Loyola J.D. graduates who graduated in December 2016 or May 2017, who passed either the February 2017 or the July 2017 Louisiana State Bar Exam, AND who have been sworn into the Louisiana State Bar will be considered.

Full-time staff attorney positions, including Fellowships, require admission to practice law in Louisiana. SLLS does not permit the outside practice of law. Starting salary for a full time staff attorney is $39,000-$48,000 depending on experience. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation. Compensation for the one-year Gillis Long Social Justice Fellow will follow this model.

SLLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter (addressed to Laura Tuggle, Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services) to Symplicity Job No. 2365 by Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

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