The Louisiana Budget Project is currently looking for a full-time Policy
Analyst to lead its Poverty to Opportunity Project.

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2016 Application Package

The Bertha Fellowship is a two year fellowship for emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in gaining both practical experience working on CCR cases and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. CCR will host four Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2016. This fellowship position requires a two-year commitment from September 2016 to September 2018.

The Fellows will be assigned to work alongside lawyers in one of our three docket areas: (1) Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial Justice; and (3) International Human Rights.  During the course of the fellowship, there may also be opportunities to do work which straddles different dockets.

The Bertha Fellowship at CCR is sponsored by the Bertha Foundation which hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In addition to gaining legal experience on CCR cases, Bertha Fellows at CCR will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings, (2) network with lawyers from around the world and (3) receive additional mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, media and advocacy, activism and movement building.


  • Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative (GGJI): GGJI attorneys are at the forefront in challenging extrajudicial detention, torture and abuse in Guantánamo and related domestic and international outposts of the executive branch’s “war on terror.”  GGJI attorneys challenge executive branch practices premised on expansive conceptions of wartime executive authority, as well as long-standing racism and xenophobia, including indefinite and preventive detention, military commissions, targeted killings and abusive interrogations. Representative work includes: Ba Odah v. Obama, Ameziane v. Obama, Tanvir v. Lynch, Hassan v. City of New York, Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta
  • International Human Rights (IHR): The IHR team focuses on litigation and advocacy in U.S. courts, foreign courts, and international fora to press the U.S. government, foreign government officials, corporations and other private actors to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law.  Their work also includes providing support to international human rights activists, including Palestinian Solidarity activists.  Representative work includes: Al-Shimari v. CACI, SMUG v. Lively, SNAP v. the Pope, Right to Heal, Davis v. Cox, Palestinian solidarity, Gaza Freedom Flotilla FOIA, Salaita v. Kennedy, Accountability for U.S. Torture Program under Universal Jurisdiction
  • Government Misconduct/Racial Justice (GMRJ): GMRJ attorneys develop creative litigation and advocacy projects in areas such as: racial justice; economic and social rights; the government’s criminalization of dissent; mass incarceration; immigrant justice; policing; national security; gender equality and LGBTQ rights. As well, BJI staff work with GMRJ attorneys around strategic support to the Movement for Black Lives in Ferguson and across the country.  Representative work includes: Floyd v. City of New York, United States v. Johnson, Aref v. Holder, Ashker v. Brown, Vulcan Society v. City of New York, Doe v. Jindal, DWN v. ICE, Law for Black Lives

For descriptions of our cases, issues or projects, please see


  • Work with staff attorneys in conceiving, developing and managing complex litigation that advances CCR’s organizational mission, including developing case theory, conducting factual and legal research, identifying appropriate clients, pursuing appropriate and strategic litigation opportunities and filing claims in domestic and international fora.
  • Work with staff attorneys in all aspects of litigation, including drafting pleadings, briefs, affidavits and correspondence; assist attorneys in their taking and defending depositions; assist attorneys in managing complex discovery, conducting negotiations with opposing counsel, appearing in court and examining witnesses; assist attorneys in negotiating, implementing and monitoring settlement agreements.
  • Work with staff attorneys and Advocacy Program managers in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies in support of CCR clients, cases and/or projects. Engage in public outreach and education efforts including drafting or reviewing of advocacy materials (such as reports, FAQs, Action Alerts), participation in legislative efforts, and public speaking.  Engage with community groups, cooperating attorneys, co-counsel, progressive lawyers, law students, legal groups and other allies as appropriate and directed by supervising attorneys.
  • Support all aspects of CCR communications department activity including, reviewing press materials, responding to press inquiries, appearing in various media interviews, timely opinion drafting, review and editing as appropriate.
  • Work with and supervise student interns and volunteers; where appropriate support work of pro bono or cooperating counsel assisting on CCR cases and projects.
  • Assist Development department in managing individual and foundation relationships, including development and review of grant proposals, participation in donor meetings, fundraising and donor appreciation activities, and periodic out-of-state travel for development trips and activities.
  • Participate in Bertha Network activities, including attendance at Bertha Network conferences abroad, publication of materials, including blogs for the Bertha Network.
  • Participate in departmental and organizational planning and organization-wide committees and carry out work assigned.
  • Obtain bar membership in New York and maintain good standing in New York and other state bars as appropriate, including fulfilling requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) and where necessary, security clearance.
  • Other related work as requested by the Legal Director.


  • J.D. degree as of start date.
  • 0-2 years out of law school.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of CCR.
  • A demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding.
  • Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and human rights and creativity in crafting strategies to advance justice in CCR’s priority areas.
  • Commitment to working in and with communities affected by government misconduct and discrimination among other structures of institutional oppression.
  • Integrity and a sense of humor.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Non-English language skills a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to apply for a security clearance (only required for GGJI docket).

COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with experience and subject to union collective bargaining agreement.  Excellent benefits.

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should visit to submit an online application.  Applicants may apply for a Bertha Fellowship in more than one docket area, but you must complete a separate application for each docket. Please be sure to tailor your application materials to the docket you are applying for. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and strong consideration will be given to early applications.  No phone calls please.

Applications are strongly encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds.  CCR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and we encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT and gender non-conforming people.


The deadline for submission is October 16, 2015.

Recommendation letters are due by October 30, 2015.

Interviews for selected candidates will occur in November and December 2015.

We expect to make Fellowship offers by January 2016.

Start date will be September 2016.


1.       Resume

2.       Essay: (Maximum length: 1,000 words, double-spaced)

Effective essays will incorporate the following information:

a)         What unique background, beliefs, values and/or experiences (personal and professional) shaped your decision to go to law school and your interests in participating in the CCR Bertha Fellows program?

b)         Please describe your specific interest in our IHR, GGJI or GMRJ docket.

c)         How do you expect participation in the CCR Bertha Fellows program to contribute to your long-term personal and professional goals?

d)        What is your understanding of CCR’s goals and needs, and how do you see yourself contributing to our effectiveness? Describe how your education, experience, and skills match our needs and goals.

3.      Legal writing sample excerpt (not to exceed 10 pages) – At the top of your writing sample, provide a 2 sentence description of the writing sample.

4.      Two letters of recommendation submitted via email to

a.      Letters must be received by October 30, 2015 to be considered.

b.      Your recommender must put the following information in their e-mail subject line: “Fellow’s Last Name, First name – Docket Area – Letter of Recommendation”

5.      Names and contact information for three (3) references (two can be the same as the individuals who wrote your letter of recommendation).


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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Staff Attorney

The Pro Bono Project – New Orleans, LA

Management of Pro Bono Medical Legal Partnership Project in partnership with other community agencies. Attorney will have primary responsibility for coordination of legal services at onsite clinics, and assessment, support, referral, assignment, and resolution of issues/cases for eligible clients referred to PBP. Additional duties will include recruitment, training, and assignments of claims to volunteer attorneys and for support and review of assignments. Attorney will serve as liaison to panels of volunteer attorneys and also will have primary responsibility for required reporting. Experience working at non-profit or public interest organization a plus.

Requirements: Licensed LA attorney, 2-3 years experience, preference for Spanish fluency/proficiency, background in public benefits and/or consumer law, and experience working at non-profit. Salary and benefits comparable to public interest non-profit organizations.

Please send resume and cover letter/email to : Linton Carney , Chief Legal Officer or Rachel Piercey , Executive Director by email or via mail at 615 Baronne Street, Suite 203, New Orleans, LA 70113 or via fax at 504.566.0518.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

Attorney: 2 years

Required license or certification:


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SPLC’s New Orleans office is dedicated to (1) advocating on behalf of vulnerable children in the Deep South to ensure that they have equal opportunities to reach their full potential; and (2) reducing the number of incarcerated youth and adults, reforming the juvenile and criminal justice systems so they operate fairly and equitably, and ensuring the dignity and humanity of youth and adults involved with these systems. Our New Orleans office has a particular emphasis on ensuring equal access to public education, stopping the school-to-prison pipeline, and combatting the criminalization of children. We utilize litigation, public education, public policy, and legislative strategies to positively impact these systems. For more information, visit our website at 

The interns assist the Center’s attorneys and other staff with legal and public policy research, writing, field/facility investigations, discovery, and case preparation.

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law.

Interns receive $700.00 per week. Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin sometime in early June 2016. A minimum commitment of ten weeks is required.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, a writing sample (no longer than 15 pages), and the names and phone numbers of three references by October 30, 2015, to our career portal here . The office expects to select interns by early December 2015. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

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New Orleans Bar Association is seeking a bright and enthusiastic Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Coordinator.  Our ideal candidate is a self-starter, who is enrolled in law school part-time or has interest in the legal field and enjoys working with the public.  The position requires the administration and management of support functions for the Lawyer Referral Service and includes initial client interviewing, referring clients to the appropriate attorney or organization, and follow-up inquiries.  The LRS Coordinator is responsible for registration and record maintenance, quarterly reports and collection of fees from all panel members.

Other duties include, but are not limited to:

  • LRS online and website functions
  • Weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports for the Executive Director
  • Communicating about the service to the public and lawyers
  • Soliciting, scheduling and training of pro bono law clerks in client interviewing procedures
  • Handling other assigned tasks as needed

Please email a cover letter, resume and three references with the subject line reading, LRS Coordinator,  to Helena N. Henderson at  No calls please.


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The deadline to apply for LRAP is this Friday, September 18. If you have any questions, contact Christina Luwisch at 504-861-5762. Apply here!!!

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Background: 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, court-based help desks and legal clinics staffed by Intake Specialists and Staff Attorneys, LCJC is the first line of communication for thousands of residents facing critical legal issues. Through these services, LCJC effectively assists more than 10,000 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.

Position: LCJC seeks one part-time Staff Attorney to work in our New Orleans office and court-based Help Desks in Orleans and Jefferson Parish. The Staff Attorney will focus primarily on evaluating and assisting individuals who are seeking legal assistance on a variety of civil legal issues through our telephone hotline and at our court-based help desks. In addition, the Staff Attorney will provide limited assistance to community members through occasional community clinics and programs. This is a non-litigation position. In order to help the greatest number in need resolve their legal issues, LCJC provides limited legal advice and brief legal services only, and does not represent clients.

Responsibilities: Callers seeking legal assistance through the hotline and at each help desk are registered by Intake Specialists who determine eligibility for services, gather basic case facts, and obtain documents related to the legal problem. The Staff Attorney is responsible for supervising non-attorney intake staff and for providing more extensive evaluation of the caller or visitor’s situation, including reviewing and analyzing pertinent documents to determine what the best legal options are. The Staff Attorney will discuss these options, assist with the completion of forms and pleadings, draft pleadings, produce necessary correspondence and provide referrals. The Staff Attorney will also help coordinate community legal clinics, and is responsible for managing the scheduling of appointments and consultations with callers and community members as needed. Under the supervision of the Supervising Staff Attorney and Operations Manager, the Staff Attorney will offer a range of advice, counseling, or brief services to assist callers and community members in resolving their legal issues. Clients who would most benefit from representation in court will be referred to outside legal services.

Qualifications: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Louisiana, have a notary license, and be interested in working with low-income, elderly and other vulnerable populations in a fast-paced environment. Applicants must have excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure. Computer proficiency is required, including familiarity with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and legal research tools, and a willingness to learn new programs including case management systems.

Compensation: The position is part-time (approximately 15-25 hours/week) and will be compensated on an hourly basis commensurate with legal aid services and attorney experience.


To Apply: Send cover letter and resume by October 1, 2015 to: Please type “Staff Attorney Position” in the email subject line. The position will remain open until filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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Advocacy Center is currently hiring for two staff attorney positions.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund is hiring legal interns for summer 2016! Internships are available in our Litigation & Criminal Justice Programs. Please find the description on the webpages below and share with your students.

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The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is seeking an experienced attorney to lead our campaign to end juvenile life without parole sentences in Louisiana.

The Special Counsel will develop a comprehensive advocacy strategy to protect and expand the rights of people facing juvenile life without parole sentences in Louisiana.  The Special Counsel will implement that strategy through targeted legal issue litigation; provision of case consultation, training, and practice resources for public defenders across Louisiana who are appointed in cases implicating juvenile life without parole; coordinating pro bono counsel for inmates seeking relief under the Miller v. Alabama decision; and coalition-building and stakeholder education for law change to eliminate the possibility of life without parole sentences for children.

This is an opportunity for a highly-skilled lawyer to play a leadership role in justice reform through both litigation and policy reform advocacy.  Strong candidates will have excellent strategic judgment; exceptional litigation, planning, and project-management skills; deep substantive knowledge of relevant jurisprudence and social science; a demonstrated commitment to justice reform and the defense of children; and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

A complete job posting is attached, and is also available here:

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