For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in legislatures, courts, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. 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, age, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

The Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks a full-time Police Practices Specialist.

OVERVIEW

Good police practices, thorough training, carefully crafted policies, strong civilian oversight, and appropriate allocation of resources in law enforcement improve public safety and relationships between police officers and citizens.  Unfortunately, data from across the nation and high-profile incidents increasingly raise questions about racial, religious, and other forms of biased-based profiling, selective enforcement, excessive force, and militarization.  In addition to law enforcement being the front line of the failed War on Drugs, the police are increasingly involved in enforcing terrorism and immigration laws, controlling and quelling political protests, handling school safety and discipline, providing local governments’ responses to homelessness and mental illness, and using surveillance and police powers to gather an array of personal data, as well as becoming equipped with a wide range of technologically advanced, and in some cases military grade, weapons and surveillance equipment.

The ACLU is the nation’s leading watchdog against police abuse and corruption, and an outspoken advocate for police reform.  To build trust, we need a democratic system of policing where our communities have a much larger say in the way their neighborhoods are policed.  Collaboration, transparency, and communication between police and communities around the shared goals of equality, fairness, accountability, and public safety is the path forward.

Across the country, ACLU affiliates have long worked to hold police accountable.  In Missouri, the ACLU was on the ground in Ferguson, monitoring police conduct, educating protestors about their rights, and defending those rights in court.  In New York, the ACLU was a leader in the successful campaign to end New York City’s “stop and frisk” abuses and is now working to reform the NYPD’s approach to enforcement of low-level violations.  In Arizona, the ACLU won a major class action lawsuit to stop racial profiling and illegal detentions of Latinos by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.  In California, the ACLU worked to successfully revise the LAPD’s unfair daytime curfew practices that targeted students of color.  In Washington State, the ACLU led the call by 34 community organizations requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the Seattle Police Department after a string of incidents involving unnecessary or excessive force against persons of color. In Puerto Rico, the ACLU called attention to a host of police abuses ranging from use of excessive and lethal force to failure to investigate rape and other gender based crimes.  In Ohio, the ACLU plays a central role in implementing, promoting, and defending an innovative plan devised to improve police-community relations in Cincinnati.  These are only a few recent examples of the ACLU’s work in states and cities across the country to reform police practices.

Nationwide system reform is necessary.  The Police Practices Specialist will provide leadership for the ACLU’s nationwide advocacy to defend civil liberties against police misconduct, develop policies and best practices across a range of policing issues, and anticipate and respond to emerging policing trends.  The ACLU approaches its policing work through integrated strategies including litigation, public education, strategic communications, and local, state, and federal advocacy.  This work raises many interrelated areas of concern for the ACLU, including racial justice, criminal law reform, ending mass incarceration, immigrants’ rights, free speech, privacy and technology, national security, human rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, juvenile justice, and the school-to-prison pipeline.  As part of the ACLU’s Advocacy Team, the Police Practices Specialist will work closely with ACLU affiliates and national colleagues to advance the ACLU’s nationwide agenda to hold police accountable and improve police practices and institutions.

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HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience is seeking a volunteer summer intern to support its Environmental Justice (EJ) portfolio and other community resilience building efforts. We are looking for someone with an law, environmental, policy, public health, social justice, urban planning, or other relevant background to specifically assist with updating HUD’s Departmental Environmental Justice strategy. This is substantive policy work that requires a high-level of organization, attention to detail, research and interpersonal skills.

Core duties will include:

  • Review HUD’s existing EJ strategy and progress reports, as well as previously submitted public comments, to determine gaps
  • Review relevant HUD statutes and regulations for EJ-related considerations and needed guidance
  • Assist in engaging HUD offices and divisions in raising awareness about EJ issues and how they relate to HUD mission
  • Assist in designing and executing public engagement strategies to reach EJ stakeholders and determine their policy and programmatic needs related to HUD’s mission
  • Assist in drafting framework for EJ strategy update for leadership consideration

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé by Friday, April 17 via email to:

Sunaree Marshall
Senior Advisor
Office of Economic Resilience
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
sunaree.k.marshall@hud.gov
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An unprecedented collection of drug policy stakeholders – including judges, elected officials, public health workers, law enforcement, and community advocates – will come together to chart a new course for Louisiana’s drug policies at New Directions New Orleans on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Dillard University. Learn More>>>

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The National Lawyers Guild recently published a Radical Law Student Manual, including a section on managing student loan debt. Learn more about the project or view the guide.

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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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