Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a non-profit that provides civil legal aid to low-income individuals and families in six offices, across 22 parishes throughout southeast Louisiana. 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:

Volunteer Coordinator

We need a Volunteer Coordinator to oversee the daily activities and tasks of volunteer law clerks, undergraduate students, and paralegal students for our six offices. This position will be located in our New Orleans Office and is under the supervision of SLLS’ Pro Bono Program Managing Attorney.

Requirements:

  •        Possess an ability to work and lead in a diverse team environment;
  •        Has excellent written, oral, technical, and problem-solving skills;
  •        Is a confident, well-organized, detailed oriented, and outgoing individual;
  •        Ability to multi-task and adapt to new and changing environments
  •        Strong communication skills and experience interacting with all levels of management;
  •        Open to exploring new  technology skills to enhance their daily duties;
  •        Working knowledge of Excel and Publisher;
  •        College degree preferred.

Duties will include:

  •        Scheduling interviews and reviewing candidates for volunteer positions;
  •        Maintaining records and documentation of volunteers hours and information;
  •        Providing volunteers with support and guidance to foster a positive work environment and maintain strong relationships;
  •        Assisting with evaluating the volunteer program on an on-going basis, identify gaps, recommend and implement changes, as appropriate;
  •        Organizing and participating in volunteer outreach and planning for volunteer special events;
  •        Developing, maintaining, and distributing volunteer informational materials to recruit new volunteers;
  •        Matching the needs and skills of volunteers to appropriate offices and SLLS staff
  •        Scheduling and facilitating volunteer orientation;

Coordinate with the SLLS Director of Development & Strategic Advocacy to manage the fundraiser database and update all volunteer content including brochures, website, social media, and database;

Starting salary for a full time support staff member is $23,200-27,800 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.

Staff Attorney

We also need a Staff Attorney to work on Domestic Violence cases in Terrebonne Parish.

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.

Full-time staff attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana. An offer of employment may also be made contingent on passage of the July 2019 bar exam and being an eligible member of the Louisiana State Bar. SLLS does not permit the outside practice of law. Starting salary for a full time staff attorney is $42,000-$52,800 depending on experience. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Roxanne Newman, Deputy Director at rnewman@slls.org by July 22, 2019.

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CrescentCare Legal Services (CCLS), a division of CrescentCare Health, is hiring!

“We are expanding our services statewide (Regions 3-9) and will deliver legal services through an innovative tele-law model of practice. We’re looking for creative, innovative and dynamic legal minds who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law to join our team.”

Two full-time positions are available: Senior Attorney and Staff Attorney.
Location: New Orleans or Baton Rouge office
Travel: Positions require extensive statewide travel estimated at more than 30%.

Learn More: CCLS Job Postings.062019 (003)

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Program Director – Advocacy Center, College of Law

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law seeks to hire a Program Director for our newly founded Advocacy Center.  We are looking for someone with strong leadership skills, who is creative, self-motivated, and can work with students and professionals alike.  In addition to the internal responsibilities of running the Center, the Program Director will participate in fundraising and external relations with members of the bench and bar. This position will be required to teach one advocacy-related course in each semester to begin in the second semester after being hired.

Qualifications: J.D. required. 5+ years in litigation practice. Strong leadership and communication skills. Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of students and professionals. Ability to develop strong networks with faculty, students, alumni, and the greater professional community. Minimal travel required. Preferred Qualifications: Proficiency in data base management, excel, and adobe. Program development experience preferred. Minimal travel required.

Please visit http://finance.loyno.edu/human-resources/staff-employment-opportunities to apply.

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Human Rights Watch is hiring a Senior Researcher and Advocate on Poverty & Inequality to join the Business and Human Rights team!  The deadline to apply is July 3.

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 FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY

Senior Researcher and Advocate on

Poverty and Inequality

Business and Human Rights Division

Application Deadline: July 3, 2019

The Business and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a highly qualified Senior Researcher and Advocate on Poverty and Inequality to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses worldwide related to extreme poverty and inequality. The role of the Researcher and Advocate will include documenting and conveying the human rights implications of extreme poverty and economic inequality worldwide, specifically focusing on the ways in which the policies and practices of public and private entities contribute to the systematic transfer of wealth and resources away from the public good and into the hands of a few.

We welcome applications from people who have demonstrated familiarity with poverty and inequality research, including those who have a background in a field such as economics or social sciences.

This position is preferably based in a major HRW office, but other locations may be considered.

Responsibilities:

  1. Research, document, and analyze policies and practices that contribute to extreme poverty and economic inequality that raise human rights concerns by collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources, including governments, policy makers, media, NGOs and grassroots organizations, victims of abuses, and others; Interview persons whose rights have been harmed by extreme economic inequality, as well as related professionals and experts (e.g., organizations representing impacted communities, economists and social scientists who specialize in the impacts of economic inequality, multilateral development banks, etc.); Identify and document where extreme poverty and economic inequality may have disparate impact on vulnerable or marginalized groups;
  2. Identify issues and advocacy opportunities for influencing policies and practices that contribute to worsening poverty and growing economic inequality; Develop a plan for strategic research and advocacy to ensure respect for internationally recognized human rights by public and private sector actors, including multilateral development banks;
  3. Write and publicize reports, op-eds, press releases, briefing memos, statements, testimony and other materials to disseminate our research findings and policy recommendations for addressing human rights abuses linked to extreme poverty and economic inequality; Work with colleagues in the communications division to develop innovative multimedia and social media strategies to communicate our positions in clear and compelling ways and to advance advocacy;
  4. Develop and implement advocacy strategies in collaboration with HRW colleagues to change or prevent abusive laws, policies, and practices by governments, corporations, multilateral development banks, and others that drive extreme poverty and economic inequality;
  5. Build partnerships across key communities, including other human rights or economic justice NGOs, groups representing vulnerable populations, research organizations, and academics; Represent HRW in civil society coalitions on topics relevant to economic inequality, such as the role of multilateral development banks;
  6. Participate in public debates internationally about growing poverty and economic inequality through clear and prompt responses to queries from policy makers, the media, social media, and colleague human rights communities; Place abuses or potential for abuses within the broader political, social and economic contexts;
  7. Travel domestically and internationally, as required, to conduct research, media work, advocacy, and other functions;
  8. Be prepared and willing to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events;
  9. Work collaboratively with an international team of researchers, media experts and advocates and collaborate with a supportive and diverse team;
  10. Expand HRW’s work on poverty and inequality, mainstreaming it across the organization;
  11. Occasionally assist the Division and HRW’s Development and Outreach Department to conduct fundraising; and
  12. Carry out other tasks as required.

Qualifications:

Education:  An advanced (graduate) degree in economics, social sciences, data sciences, journalism, law, international relations, or related studies is preferable.

Experience:  A minimum of seven years of relevant experience is required. Relevant experience may include, among other things, work as a social scientist, economist, investigative reporter, or lawyer on issues related to the human rights impacts of extreme poverty and economic inequality; research, writing, analysis, advocacy, community organizing, or other work related to the impact of extreme poverty and economic inequality; analysis and advocacy for nonprofit organizations, particularly related to poverty or economic inequality; or work in government on policies to address the impacts and causes of extreme poverty and economic inequality.  We will consider applications from individuals with a demonstrated record of successful research, analysis, or advocacy on behalf of marginalized or vulnerable groups living in extreme poverty or addressing abuses resulting from extreme economic inequality.

Related Skills and Knowledge: 

The below offers a list of the kinds of qualifications that we will be looking for when evaluating applications. We do not expect applicants to have all the skills and knowledge described below. If you believe you currently have skills that are analogous and transferable rather than specific to poverty and inequality, please explain this in your letter of interest.

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required. Proficiency in other languages is highly desirable.
  2. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and in a culturally sensitive manner with a range of vulnerable or marginalized groups, in partnership with other organizations, and others regarding or impacted by poverty and inequality.
  3. Ability to explain verbally and in writing complex technical subjects clearly, compellingly and respectfully to non-specialist audiences, including policymakers, the public, and specialists in non-technical fields.
  4. Knowledge of and experience in international human rights law.
  5. Knowledge of and experience with economic policy and data analysis.
  6. Knowledge of and experience working with directly impacted communities or organizing around economic justice issues.
  7. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having strong planning and organizing skills, and ability to work well under pressure.

Salary and BenefitsHRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW offers a relocation assistance package and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at careers.hrw.org and attaching a document containing responses to the three questions included in the online application, a letter of interest, a resume or CV, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others), preferably as PDF files. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email recruitment@hrw.org. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

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Transgender Law Center is hiring for three attorney positions and one non-attorney legal position!

Legal Services Project Staff Attorney (Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY)

Detention Staff Attorney (Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY)

Immigration Attorney for Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project (Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY; remote may be considered)

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Helpline Associate (Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY)

Additional positions can be found at https://transgenderlawcenter.org/about/careers

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Applications for the 2019 Access to Justice Tech Fellows Program are open!

In its third year, the fellows program has aided legal services organizations throughout the nation by connecting law students to help develop technology projects that address access to justice issues.

About the 2019 Fellows Program

The Access to Justice Tech Fellows programs equips the next generation of civil justice leaders with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to build a more responsive civil justice system. One that ensures equitable access and fair outcomes for low-income and marginalized populations.

For ten weeks between June and August, law students intern at an partner legal services organization where they’ll leverage technology, data, and user-centered design approaches to develop solutions that address barriers preventing low-income Americans from receiving legal help. Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend for their service over the summer and have the opportunity to receive academic credit.

Learn More>>>

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana seeks a highly motivated individual for a one-year racial justice fellowship position.

Learn More: 2019 Racial Justice Fellow

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The Pro Bono Project is seeking applications for a staff attorney (Successions and Advance Directives).

To learn more about this opportunity, please review the job description below:

Pro Bono Project.Staff Attorney.Job Description.2019

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Associate Activist Attorney, Civil Liberties Defense Center

We will accept applications until the position is filled.

https://cldc.org/job-opening-associate-attorney/

Who we are:

The Civil Liberties Defense Center is a nonprofit organization that supports movements that seek to dismantle the political and economic structures at the root of social inequality and environmental destruction. We provide litigation, education, legal and strategic resources to strengthen and embolden their success. Our motto is “Assert your rights, we’ve got your back.” We have provided pro bono activist defense to over 4,500 social, environmental and climate justice activists as well as providing free Know Your Rights and related trainings to over 10,500 individuals. Our offices are based in Eugene, Oregon.

Position:

We are seeking an associate attorney with a minimum of five years of litigation experience to work on civil rights, police/governmental misconduct, criminal activist defense, SLAPP defense, activist grand jury witness representation, FOIA, and public records cases. The associate will report to the Senior Attorney and will be expected to work on all aspects of our case work, including intake, drafting pleadings, discovery and depositions, as well as litigating cases at trial or on appeal. In addition, the associate will be expected to contribute to our Dissent & Democracy program by conducting public education trainings. The associate will also be expected to contribute toward organizational fundraising goals by assisting with grants and other fundraising efforts if needed.

We are looking for well-rounded activist attorneys who bring initiative, commitment, and passion for our work, our clients, and the progressive movements we support and defend. Our current staff attorneys litigate both criminal defense and civil cases. The ideal candidate will have experience litigating §1983 cases, criminal cases, and/or defending activists in SLAPP litigation.

This position is primarily located in Eugene, Oregon, but our litigation is nationwide and we will consider remote locations.

Required Qualifications:

• Admitted to practice law before the court of any state;

• Admitted to practice law in Oregon, Washington, or California, or must be admitted to a different state bar at the time of application and willing to apply for admission to one of those bars;

• 5 years minimum experience as a litigation attorney;

• Strong litigation, research, and writing skills;

• Able to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail;

• Demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights, racial and climate justice, and environmental and animal rights;

• Excellent diverse people skills and strong team member desired;

Preferred Experience:

• Bilingual English & Spanish speaker strongly preferred;

• Experience in community organizing work and/or social justice activism;

• Experience in a non-profit legal services organization;

• Experience and/or willingness to learn and assist in organizational fundraising.

Compensation & Benefits:

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and competitive public interest compensation.

  • Salary $50,000-$65,000, commensurate with experience
  • Generous holiday, vacation and sick leave policies
  • Some professional dues paid by CLDC
  • Some benefits including monthly Heath Care reimbursment
  • The office is located in Eugene, Oregon; potential consideration for a remote candidate

Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected.  As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

The CLDC will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating your interest or litigation experience
  • 2 writing samples, ideally relevant briefs and/or pleadings
  • 3 professional references and at least one environmental/social justice activist reference

Please send all materials in a single PDF to office[at]cldc.org– Subject: “[Your last name]— Associate Attorney.”

Please, no phone calls, hard copies, or drop-ins. If you’re having technical difficulties submitting your application, please reach out to charles[at]cldc.org.

 

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The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School seeks law students to serve as interns this coming summer.

For more information about the program visit: http://www.legalservicescenter.org/students-clinics/summer-fellows-program/

Our summer program runs from Monday, May 20th – Friday, July 26th, 2019.  (Note:  on a case-by-case basis, we will also consider split-summers and summer schedules that begin before May 20th and/or end after July 26th).

Located at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, the Legal Services Center is Harvard Law School’s largest clinical placement, housing multiple clinics and providing direct legal services to hundreds of low-and-moderate income residents in the Greater Boston area each year. Our longstanding mission is to educate law students for practice and professional service while simultaneously meeting the critical legal needs of the community.

Summer interns will work in one of the following clinical areas:

*         Federal Tax Clinic<http://www.legalservicescenter.org/students-clinics/federal-tax-clinic/>

*         Housing Law Clinic<http://www.legalservicescenter.org/get-legal-help/students-and-clinics/health-law-and-policy/>

*         Predatory Lending Clinic<http://www.legalservicescenter.org/get-legal-help/students-and-clinics/predatory-lending/>

*         Project on Predatory Student Lending<http://www.legalservicescenter.org/get-legal-help/students-and-clinics/predatory-lending/>

*         Safety Net Project<http://www.legalservicescenter.org/get-legal-help/students-and-clinics/safety-net-project/>

*         Veterans Legal Clinic<http://www.legalservicescenter.org/get-legal-help/students-and-clinics/veterans-legal-clinic/> – Veterans Justice Project

*         Veterans Legal Clinic<http://www.legalservicescenter.org/get-legal-help/students-and-clinics/estate-planning/> – Estate Planning Project

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