The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its first annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for student-authored articles on topics focused on social justice and the public interest.

One winning essay will receive a monetary prize of $3,000 and will be published in print in Volume 164 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

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The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti is offering a two-year fellowship for an emerging lawyer committed to pursuing a career in public interest law.

Be Just Legal Fellowship 2015-2017

The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) are a partnership of Haitian and U.S. human rights advocates with over 19 years of demonstrated success enforcing Haitians’ human rights in Haiti and abroad.

Fellowship Description

With the generous support of the Bertha Foundation, IJDH is offering a two-year legal fellowship for an emerging lawyer committed to pursuing a career in public interest law. The Foundation’s Bertha Justice “Be Just” Initiative is a global network of public interest lawyers that provides solidarity and training to movement lawyers around the world. The Bertha Foundation currently supports 6-8 fellows at BAI in Haiti. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to develop the skills necessary for lawyers from the Global North to support social change movements and progressive lawyers in the Global South.
The IJDH Be Just Fellow will work closely with IJDH and BAI teams in the U.S. and Haiti on advocacy and legal work, including groundbreaking litigation seeking to hold the United Nations accountable for introducing cholera to Haiti, and advocating for fair and inclusive elections in Haiti. The Be Just Fellow will also serve as a liaison between the BAI Fellows in Haiti and the broader Bertha Network.

Fellowship Details

The fellowship position is for two years starting any time between April 2015 and September 2015 and provides an annual stipend of $35,000 and health benefits. The Fellow will be based at IJDH’s office in Boston, with regular travel to Haiti. Exceptionally strong candidates based in New York may be considered.

Responsibilities of the Be Just Fellow include:

  • Regular travel to Haiti to promote integration of BAI Fellows into Be Just Network activities, including facilitating film discussions, providing technical support to access social media and webinars, and planning for network events;
  • Regular communication with the BAI Fellows from the U.S., including collaborative work, training and writing;
  • Conducting domestic, international and comparative legal research;
  • Producing internal memoranda and drafting legal documents for submission to court;
  • Participating in case management and working with confidential client files;
  • • Supporting the organization and implementation of domestic and international advocacy campaigns in collaboration with partner organizations;
  • Developing political strategies and engaging directly with national legislators, UN officers and other powerful international actors;
  • Drafting advocacy documents, including human rights reports, op-eds and case summaries for publication;
  • Assisting with composition of fundraising and grant proposal documents, as needed;
  • Engaging with international media, including drafting press releases and educating press on recent case developments.

Qualifications

In our small, busy office, fellows are given a high degree of responsibility from the start and are incorporated as valued members of the legal team. Accordingly, the Be Just Fellow must be highly motivated and reliable. In order to successfully support Haitian grassroots empowerment, the candidate must possess exceptional humility, a keen sensitivity to issues of race, class, colonialism and imperialism, and a commitment to earning trust.

  • Bachelors and J.D., or equivalent law degree;
  • Fluency in French or Haitian Creole required, as well as basic proficiency or willingness to learn the other language;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity;
  • Proficiency in standard computer applications;
  • High level of initiative, independence and motivation;
  • Ability to handle sensitive client relationships and protect the confidentiality of our work and our communications;
  • Prior experience in Haiti or other similar environments desired.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and contact information for two references electronically to beatrice@ijdh.org by April 1, 2015.

Please include “Be Just Fellow” in the subject line.

Contact Information
Beatrice Lindstrom, Esq.
Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
beatrice@ijdh.org

IJDH is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices.

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Staff Attorney

Summary

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) seeks a dynamic and creative attorney at the four to six year experience level to participate in its aggressive impact litigation program and other advocacy across the country on an expanding range of economic justice issues.

NCLEJ

Since 1965, NCLEJ has been a national leader in improving access to public benefits and other programs and services for low-income individuals, using class action litigation, policy advocacy, training, and other tools, and working in collaboration with national, state, and locally-based advocacy and grass roots organizations.

In recent years, NCLEJ has addressed the civil rights of low-income people with disabilities and low-income workers; promoted access to housing through creative use of the Americans with Disabilities Act; improved access to critical work supports such as health coverage, child care, and nutrition assistance; and addressed issues confronting low-wage workers, such as wage theft, equal pay for low-income women, and fair pay for low-income immigrants.  In the coming years, NCLEJ expects to move into additional areas of economic justice advocacy.   We litigate in federal and state courts across the country and partner with other public interest groups and the private bar.

Qualifications for the Position

NCLEJ is seeking a lawyer with four to six years’ experience to carry on and expand upon this advocacy.  The successful candidate will have relevant experience or a strong interest in economic justice issues or civil rights law; impact litigation experience; demonstrated leadership capability; excellent writing, legal research, and oral advocacy skills; an entrepreneurial spirit; imagination, determination, passion, and the ability to play an important leadership role in litigation and policy advocacy projects while working collaboratively with colleagues.   Candidates should enjoy working in a fast-paced and collegial environment. Candidates must be admitted to the New York bar or prepared to seek admission at the earliest opportunity.

Salary and Fringe Benefits

Salary is based on NCLEJ’s scale, which is comparable to that of similar organizations in New York City.  Fringe benefits include health, dental, life, and long-term and short-term disability insurance; vacation, sick , family and medical leave, employer contributions to TDA, cafeteria plans, and generous vacation, sick, family and medical leave and holiday schedules.

Applying for the Position

Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three employment references to StaffAttorney@nclej.org.  Please include your first and last name in the subject line.  In your cover letter, please tell us how you found out about this opportunity, describe your experience and explain how your experience makes you a great candidate for this position. The position will remain open until filled.

NCLEJ is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other consideration prohibited by law.  People with disabilities, people of color, former recipients of public assistance, or people who have grown up in poverty, are especially encouraged to apply.

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2015 SUMMER LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.  Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

The Washington Legislative Office (WLO) of the ACLU seeks applicants for legal internships for the Summer of 2015 in Washington, D. C.  A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

OVERVIEW

Founded in 1952, the Washington National Office is responsible for advancing the civil liberties agenda of the national organization before Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as working with ACLU affiliates on state legislatures.

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10 week commitment with a preferred start date of May 26, 2015.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Legal interns will work on a wide variety of issues.  Interns will work closely with Legislative Counsels and Lobbyists, whose area of focus matches the intern’s specific area of civil liberties interest. Interns will assist in all aspects of legislative and policy work including but not limited to:

  • Researching and analyzing implications of legislative and policy proposals and tracking legislation, regulations, and policy drafts.
  • Assisting in drafting regulatory comments, and official communications to Congress or Executive Branch officials and testimony for Congressional hearings.
  • Attending hearings and coalition meetings and preparing written reports.
  • Researching and drafting issue statements for newsletters and/or action alerts and  the ACLU web page.
  • Other projects as assigned.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Second and third year law students are encouraged to apply.

  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • Strong motivation and the initiative to see projects through to completion.
  • An understanding of constitutional law & legal research.
  • Completed course work in constitutional law desirable.
  • A commitment to the support of civil liberties or civil rights; demonstrated interest in a specific area of legislation or policy related to current issues in civil liberties or civil rights.

TO APPLY

Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship, including a description of their interest in specific legislation, or a specific policy related to current issues in civil liberties; and any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school,  a resume; and a legal writing sample of 5-7 pages to hrjobswlo@aclu.org  reference [Summer 2015 WLO Legal Internship ACLU-W] in the subject line.

As it’s late in the process for most students, please apply as soon as possible and copy Ms. Ruthie Epstein, repstein@aclu.org, on the email to  hrjobswlo@aclu.org.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this posting.

Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.    The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage any applicants who need accommodations in the application process to contact: HRJobsINCLReq@aclu.org  Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed.  Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

 

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Louisiana Capital Assistance Center has current job ads out for a junior attorney fellowship position, a capital trial attorney, and a mitigation specialist/fact investigator as follows.

LCAC Junior Capital Attorney Fellowship:

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 organization based in New Orleans, Louisiana, which represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal and in state and federal post-conviction. In the context of its casework, the LCAC avidly pursues cutting edge legal issues 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 Christine Lehmann at clehmann@thejusticecenter.org: cover letter discussing your interest in the position, CV, writing sample, law school transcript, and contact information on 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 by March 27th. More information about LCAC can be found at http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac. The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.

Capital Trial Attorney:

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a capital trial attorney position. Applicants should have, at the minimum, three years criminal trial experience and a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense representation; capital-specific experience is preferred. Applicants must also be barred in Louisiana or willing to take the next Louisiana bar exam. Depending upon experience, applicants will be considered for either an associate (2nd chair) or lead (1st chair) position.

The LCAC is a non-profit organization based in New Orleans, Louisiana, which represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal and in state and federal post-conviction. In the context of its casework, the LCAC avidly pursues cutting edge legal issues 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 Christine Lehmann at clehmann@thejusticecenter.org: cover letter discussing your interest in the position, CV, writing sample, law school transcript if graduated within the past five years, and contact information on three references.  Applicants must be either 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 by March 27th. More information about LCAC can be found at http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac. The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.

Mitigation Specialist/Fact Investigator:

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a mitigation specialist/fact investigator. The mitigation specialist/fact 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 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 and work with experts; and provide litigation support to counsel. The ideal applicant will have investigation experience and/or expereicne working directly with indigent populations; a driver’s license is required.

The LCAC is a non-profit organization based in New Orleans, Louisiana, which represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal and in state and federal post-conviction. In the context of its casework, the LCAC avidly pursues cutting edge legal issues 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 Christine Lehmann at clehmann@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 by March 27th. More information about LCAC can be found at http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac. The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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Through policy advocacy, public education, and impact litigation, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty’s national programs address the root causes of homelessness and meet the immediate and long-term needs of those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Through training and technical support, the Law Center also enhances the capacity of local and national groups to become more effective voices for the needs and rights of homeless people.

The Law Center is seeking a dynamic Legal Director to join our Law & Policy team. To view the job description and application instructions, please click here.

The Law Center is seeking a talented Attorney to join our legal team. To view the job description and application instructions, please click here.

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The Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) was established in 2006 to provide disaster legal assistance and connect displaced residents with critical legal services. Over the years, LCJC’s mission has expanded to provide legal services to low-income, disaster-affected and other vulnerable populations across Louisiana. Through a toll-free statewide hotline staffed by Intake Specialists and Staff Attorneys, LCJC is the first line of communication for thousands of residents facing critical legal issues. Through the hotline and public programming, LCJC effectively assists more than 15,000 individuals a year resolve legal problems that affect their basic quality of life such as the maintenance of housing and income, the stability of a family, or the health and well-being of their children.

The Louisiana Civil Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal assistance organization, is seeking a part-time Intake Specialist for its statewide legal assistance hotline. This position is expected to work 4-12 hours per week, Monday through Friday between 9am-4pm. The Intake Specialist will be the first point of contact for clients seeking legal assistance through the legal assistance hotline. The Intake Specialist will be responsible for a range of activities on behalf of low-income and senior clients, including answering a telephone hotline for callers seeking legal assistance, determining client eligibility, interviewing clients about their legal problems, entering information into our database during the call, and assessing client situations to route urgent situations quickly to appropriate staff attorneys and providing legal information under the supervision of staff attorneys.

Qualifications: Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and enrollment as a law student preferred. Applicant must be able to effectively communicate in English. Applicant must possess strong writing skills, computer literacy, the ability to learn complex material quickly, initiative, and strong organizational and interpersonal skills. A demonstrated, strong commitment to issues of justice and working with a diverse population is essential.

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The Fair Food Standards Council is hiring a human rights attorney. Please see below for more information about the position and how to apply.

Hiring: Human Rights Attorney

About FFSC

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC, http://fairfoodstandards.org) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program which emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has become the gold standard for social responsibility in US agriculture, recognized by longtime labor and human rights observers as “the best workplace monitoring program in the US” and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.”

To learn more, please see the FFSC’s annual report (http://fairfoodstandards.org/reports.html) or the New York Times’ 2014 article (http://nyti.ms/1lLaEs2).

About the Position

Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts, draft comprehensive reports, negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights; and make presentations to staff and director, as well as the public.

FFSC is based in Sarasota, FL, with work-related travel throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Salary and benefits are competitive within the non-profit sector.

Qualifications/Skills

  • Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole;
  • Strong communication and interviewing skills;
  • Strong writing and documentation skills, including attention to detail;
  • Ability to connect facts and discern patterns;
  • Ability to interact well with people of different nationalities, gender, and education levels;
  • Comfort working in rural areas, including onsite at farms (outdoors);
  • Willingness to work irregular hours and “do what is necessary”;
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, as well as independently;
  • Discipline and initiative; and
  • Valid drivers’ license.

To Apply

Applicants should send a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the position to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza at info@fairfoodstandards.org. The subject line of the email should read FFSC Attorney Position. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

The FFSC is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a workforce that reflects and can relate easily to the diverse populations involved in the Fair Food Program.

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