On Monday, November 23, 2015, attorney and civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson will deliver the next Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Lecture on Law and Society in the Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus.

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The Coalition for Human Rights in Development is seeking exceptionally motivated and organized law students, graduate students, and undergraduate students for the opportunity to gain experience in human rights and development advocacy and communications. Internships may be based in Washington, DC, or completed remotely. Time commitment is flexible, though a minimum of 18 hours a week is required. The internship will start January 2016, with a minimum commitment of 10 weeks. Internships are unpaid, however the Coalition is happy to work with accepted interns to seek course credit for their work.

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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 Linda Cortéz at lcortez@thejusticecenter.org: cover letter discussing their interest in the position, 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. Application materials should exhibit excellence in legal research, writing and analysis. The position is open until filled but motivated applicants should aim to submit materials as soon as possible. The anticipated start date for this position is August 2016; there may be some flexibility re start date. More information about LCAC can be found at http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac. The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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The Orleans Public Defenders Office (OPD) is seeking entry- level Staff Attorneys for fall 2016.

Job Summary: The primary role of the Staff Attorney is to zealously represent the client in criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, and trial and sentencing. In addition, the Staff Attorney (to the extent possible) is expected to maintain a continuing duty to the client. The Staff Attorney counsels and renders or assists in securing appropriate legal services for the client in matters arising from the original criminal proceedings and maintains contact to ensure the protection of the client’s rights so long as the client remains under court jurisdiction. The Staff Attorney is responsible for the investigation and preparation of assigned cases. The Staff Attorney assists OPD leadership and other staff, as directed, and complies with all legal standards and requirements.

Qualifications: Candidates must be third year law students or recent law school graduates. Additionally, candidates will have demonstrated interest in working with individuals charged with criminal offenses from diverse cultural backgrounds and will have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated skill in legal research and writing as well as knowledge of and commitment to the national standards of criminal defense are essential.

To Apply: Qualified and interested applicants must submit all of the following to be considered for this position: cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, writing sample, references and law school transcript. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All materials should be e-mailed to Chasity Barksdale at recruit@opdla.orgThe application closing date is November 6, 2015. No phone calls.

This is a full time position with competitive salary and benefits. OPD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Learn more about this job and other opportunities.

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The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice Legal Department is now accepting applications for our 2016 Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in partnership with the Bertha Justice Institute at the Center for Constitutional Rights.  Applications are due Oct. 23 for 2Ls and Dec. 18th for 1Ls.  Application instructions for all positions can be found here.

The Ella Baker Summer Internship Program is a transformational experience for talented and committed law students interested in movement lawyering.  In a unique 10 week curriculum that weaves both theory and practice, interns get first hand experience working alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals.  The NOWCRJ legal department provides strategic legal advice and representation to three grassroots groups and their members: the Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the National Guestworker Alliance. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and the law.


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The Election Protection program will be active in Louisiana on Oct. 24, and is seeking legal volunteers (attorneys, paralegals, law students) to assist by volunteering on Election Day.  Duties on Election Day include possibly poll-watching as well as fielding hotline calls from 866-OUR-VOTE from voters across the state experiencing barriers to casting their ballots.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

To volunteer, please email Trevor Ostbye TOstbye@lawyerscommittee.org, and be prepared to commit to a 90 minute training next week (times TBD), in addition to working a shift on Election Day.

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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 http://www.ccrjustice.org/home/what-we-do/active-cases.


  • 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 http://ccrjustice.org/home/get-involved/jobs/2016-bertha-justice-institute-fellowships 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 berthafellow@ccrjustice.org.

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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