International Senior Lawyers Project is looking for the pro bono assistance of two legal volunteers: one, a lawyer tr​ained in Community ​L​awyering and a second who is a clinical law professor with significant expertise in environmental law for a project with a graduate-level law clinic in the Philippines. We are particularly interested in finding lawyers with expertise as to the impacts of environmental issues on marginalized communities (e.g., farmers, fisherfolk, etc.), and a background working on community-driven initiatives. The volunteer would help faculty develop the clinical programs at the school (no teaching).  The approximately 6 week project would ideally begin in mid- to late May and run through June, depending on the availability of the volunteer.  Travel, accommodation and other costs would be provided for.  For additional information please contact Andra Moss at ISLP (amoss@islp.org)

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The Center for Justice & Accountability

Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney

The Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA) seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or a Staff Attorney. CJA is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress. CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.

Overview

Reporting to the Legal Director, the Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney investigates and litigates impact cases on behalf of survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses. Job duties include non-litigation advocacy involving community outreach, coalition building, writing and publishing reports, planning and participating in public meetings, legislative research and lobbying, and media interviews.

Applicants for the Senior Staff Attorney and Staff Attorney positions should have a minimum of five years of experience as a practicing attorney, including litigation experience that prepares the applicant to handle human rights impact litigation. Senior Staff Attorney applicants are expected to possess experience sufficient to allow them to work with substantial independence in furtherance of CJA’s mission, require little direct supervision, and may have supervisory responsibility and other significant Legal Department responsibilities in addition to handling an individual docket of cases and investigations.

Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish, excellent project management skills, and a keen interest in CJA’s mission.

Primary Responsibilities

Investigation responsibilities include:

  • factual and legal research in the U.S. and abroad,
  • developing contacts with survivor communities and human rights activists, and
  • analyzing relevant political and legal issues in the home country to assess the viability and likely impact of potential cases.

Litigation responsibilities include:

  • legal research, litigation strategy, drafting legal documents, calendaring, representing clients in trial and appellate courts, writing amicus briefs, and organizing amicus strategies;
  • keeping adequate files and completing reports;
  • keeping current with developments in the fields of ATS and TVPA law, international criminal and humanitarian law, and related legal issues;
  • assisting in securing pro bono co-counsel and expert witnesses;
  • keeping clients informed on case development, acting as liaison between clients and the legal team, and assuring that clients’ interests are safeguarded and their needs, including for therapy and social services, are met.

Transitional Justice responsibilities may include providing expertise on witness preparation and testimony, the introduction of evidence, charging human rights crimes and other areas related to human rights prosecutions.

Policy responsibilities may include legislative drafting and analysis, preparing advocacy materials, liaising with congressional and executive branch staff, and organizing grassroots campaign strategies.

Development, Education, and Outreach responsibilities include:

  • drafting and reviewing grant proposals and reports, participating in fundraising events and meeting with donors;
  • reviewing fundraising, outreach and website materials regarding assigned cases to ensure accuracy; and
  • engaging in education and outreach efforts to advance public awareness of CJA and its mission.
  • Education duties may also include selection and supervision of legal interns.

Professional Qualifications: 

  • J.D. or equivalent;
  • Membership in good standing with at least one State Bar;
  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish, strongly preferred;
  • Superb legal research, writing and analytical skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability and willingness to travel in the United States and internationally;
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights;
  • Knowledge of U.S. and international human rights litigation;
  • Experience working directly with clients and/or non-governmental organizations;
  • A high level of independence, initiative, creativity, and good judgment;

Compensation

Competitive salary and benefits based on experience. CJA is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from those who will enhance our staff diversity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please. Only those applicants selected for an interview will receive a response.

Application

 Applications welcome immediately; position open until filled. Applications must include: 1) a letter that addresses your goals and your interest in this position; 2) resume; 3) writing sample; and 4) names of three references. Submit electronic application to jobs@cja.org with the words “Staff Attorney” or “Senior Staff Attorney” in the subject line.

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The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center is currently looking for an Outreach Coordinator, an Education Coordinator and a Staff Attorney.

Outreach Coordinator

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) seeks an Outreach Coordinator to assist with planning, conducting, and managing various outreach, marketing, education, communications, and public relations activities on behalf of the organization. Read the full job description here.

How to Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to resumes@gnofairhousing.org with the subject line “Outreach Coordinator” by C.O.B. March 4, 2015.

NO CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, GNOFHAC cannot return phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted. For questions, email outreach@gnofairhousing.org.

Education Coordinator

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) seeks an Education Coordinator to assist with building, institutionalizing, and facilitating the organization’s educational offerings to a wide array of stakeholders. Read the full job description here.

How to Apply: Please email a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to resumes@gnofairhousing.org with the subject line “Education Coordinator” by C.O.B. March 4, 2015.

NO CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, GNOFHAC cannot return phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted. For questions, email outreach@gnofairhousing.org.

Staff Attorney

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) seeks a Staff Attorney to assist with the investigation and enforcement of civil rights violations. The Staff Attorney will represent GNOFHAC and its clients in fair housing and related civil rights matters in federal and state court and administrative proceedings. Read the full job description here.

How to Apply: The position is open until filled. Initial interviews may be scheduled starting February 9, 2015. Please email a resume, brief legal writing sample and a letter explaining your interest in the position to resumes@gnofairhousing.org with the subject line “Staff Attorney Position”. Applicants may also mail their application materials to:

Leonard Lewis

Re: Staff Attorney Position

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

404 South Jefferson Davis Parkway

New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

The legal writing sample should reflect the applicant’s own work without significant revision from others and preferably should including discussion of a complex legal issue.

NO CALLS PLEASE. Due to the high volume of applications, GNOFHAC cannot return phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

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*The Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School is seeking applications for 8 internship positions for the summer of 2015. The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 8, 2015.*

The MIC evaluates cases of Michigan inmates who claim to have been wrongfully convicted in cases that usually do not involve DNA evidence. The Clinic’s work has led to the freeing of ten innocent people in its six-year history. Summer interns work under guidance of supervising attorneys and do a variety of tasks on the Clinic’s open cases. Interns regularly research and draft court motions and briefs for all levels of state and federal courts, and may have the opportunity to appear in court, if there are hearings during the summer. In addition, the work of interns involves vital day-to-day investigative tasks like calling witnesses, writing letters and doing legal or factual research.

Internships will begin on May 19; interns are expected to work full time for 12 weeks, and will receive a stipend of about $1,000 for the summer. While most of the 8 internship positions will be filled by 1Ls, the Clinic accepts applications from both 1Ls and 2Ls.

Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to innocenceclinicapplications@umich.edu. Any questions about the Clinic or the application process can also be sent to that address. More information is also available on the Clinic’s website: http://www.law.umich.edu/clinical/innocenceclinic/Pages/default.aspx.

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The LA Second Circuit Court of Appeal (Shreveport) has a summer intern program for law school students (1st and 2nd year students may apply).

Message from Judge Harmon Drew, Jr.:

• The LA Second Circuit Court of Appeal (430 Fannin St., Shreveport 71101) has a summer intern program for law school students (One Ls or Two Ls).

• Some of our judges take part in this program, and some don’t. “The Drew Suite” loves the program, and we have met some wonderful law students through the years. We are “intern-friendly.”

• The court pays $10 per hour and the work schedule is pretty much up to the student, though the usual court hours are 8:30 am – 4:45 pm. The intern would keep up with his/her own hours.

• Each participating judge can hire an intern from (roughly) mid-May through (roughly) mid-August – from whenever the student finishes exams in May until reporting back to school in August.

• Here are the jovial but slow-learning folks in “The Drew Suite” – in order of seniority and probably IQ as well: 1. Jean Talley Drew (30 years as an appellate research attorney); 2. David Tullis (18 years as an appellate research attorney); 3. Brenda Baker (10 years as a judicial assistant and 24 years of previous secretarial experience in an excellent law office); and 4. Harmon Drew (16 years as an appeals judge).

[Before anyone empanels a grand jury, Jean (my spouse) was “grand-mothered” in as a court employee before I ever got here, so we are able to lawfully work together. She usually shows me where to sign.]

• In recent years, we have utilized one intern from mid-May until around July Fourth weekend; then the other intern from early July through mid-August, so a possible total of 12-13 weeks. As of now, we have hired no one for this summer, and we would consider hiring one student for the whole summer.

• Anyone interested should contact my ace junior law clerk and excellent attorney: David P. Tullis (Phone: 318.227.3722 and dtullis@la2nd.org). He is brilliant and absolutely the nicest man in the world. David will directly supervise the intern(s). Usually he has our folks reading through an appellate record and preparing “Pre-Args” that set out the issues clearly for the judges on my panel. Sometimes I need something researched on a court case on which I am toiling. It is vitally important that our interns remind me to place at least one verb in each sentence – - otherwise, it is an easy gig.

• Occasionally each summer, depending upon the office work load and the intern’s level of interest in a side project, Jean and I separately make available the opportunity for an intern to work (for us) after hours or on a weekend to harvest new criminal legislation or court cases and/or editing/improving the next edition of the True Blue Drew Book,* which is a handbook we redo completely each year (n/l/than 01 August) for people working in the criminal justice system (mainly cops, but also some prosecutors, defense attorneys, state judges, and one brilliant law professor). We usually pay $20 per hour for this separate work, IF we make this available, and only IF the student wants to work extra. Again, the “True Blue Drew Book” work is private work, not to be done during regular work hours. It is just an option.

• This gig is probably not practical unless the student can stay with relatives in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

• Our suite is pretty laid-back and informal – - no dress code, for instance. We usually have some grins (at least to the extent reading lengthy transcripts can be fun).

 

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The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center is accepting applications for the summer internship program! If you have questions about program guidelines, please contact Christina Luwisch at cmluwisc@loyno.edu for additional information.

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Columbia Law School seeks an Associate Director of Social Justice Initiatives who will have substantial responsibility for the implementation of Social Justice Initiatives’ activities regarding Columbia Law School J.D. and LL.M international human rights and international public law summer and postgraduate employment and pro bono service. The incumbent will be a key part of the SJI team’s provision of a comprehensive public service professional development program regarding public interest, government and human rights legal careers in the United States and abroad. The primary responsibilities of this position will be (1) advising and presenting programs to Columbia Law students and graduates; (2) overseeing the administration of the Human Rights Internship Program; (3) doing outreach to employers and fellowship sponsors so that Columbia is a primary contact for them; and (4) revising SJI’s publications regarding human rights and international public interest legal careers. The incumbent also may participate in appropriate projects of Columbia’s Human Rights Institute or Human Rights Clinic. This position reports to the Dean for Social Justice Initiatives.

For a more detailed job description and instructions on how to apply online, please go to: jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=146155

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Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise in U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law.

The Center works across the globe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information. In the U.S. Legal Program, the Center’s preeminent litigation team has helped millions of women and their families by securing government funding for abortions, striking down abortion bans and other access restrictions, and protecting teens’ access to emergency contraception and confidential reproductive healthcare services and information. The Center’s complementary legislative advocacy initiatives and strategies have helped local advocates fight restrictive abortion legislation in over 25 states as well as promote reproductive rights and access to health care for millions of women. Through our human rights advocacy, the Center has been able to promote the integration and adoption of human rights principles in the domestic sphere while systematically norm-building and elevating local reproductive health issues within international treaty monitoring bodies and partner organizations.

The Center’s Global Legal Program has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in over 50 countries. Our U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program, based in Washington, DC focuses on both U.S. domestic and foreign policy, providing leadership within the community of reproductive rights allies. In recent years, the Center has been able to dramatically expand its pro bono support from U.S. and non-U.S. based law firms, supporting not only the work of our U.S. Legal Program, but also our U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program (engaged in federal advocacy in Washington D.C.) and our Global Legal Program (engaged in advocacy and litigation before the United Nations and various regional and national bodies throughout the world).

The Human Rights Fellow will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, to reverse the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establish the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S. A key component of our strategic plan is to restore heightened protections for abortion rights, as promised to American women in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade (1973).

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.

The Center seeks a Human Rights Fellow in the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program who will report to the Senior Human Right Counsel. S/he will be responsible for assisting in the development of human rights advocacy strategies, implementation of human rights standards in the United States, and related advocacy work in the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program.

The position will be based in New York.

Responsibilities:
• Conducting human rights documentation in the U.S. in support of advocacy efforts;
• Conducting legal and factual research and analysis to support advocacy on reproductive rights at the state, federal, and international levels;
• Drafting advocacy materials on reproductive rights issues for U.S. audiences that incorporate a human rights analysis;
• Representing the Center and conducting oral advocacy before international and regional human rights mechanisms concerning reproductive rights issues in the United States;
• Cultivating relationships with key stakeholders in the domestic and global human rights movements;
• Engaging in public speaking and other representation of the Center at external events;
• Supervising the work of interns and support staff in the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program;
• Serving as the liaison to the Global Legal Program to ensure coordination of work across the Center’s programmatic departments.

Qualifications:
• Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values.
• Prior work or volunteer experience in women’s rights, reproductive rights, or civil rights;
• Experience integrating human rights strategies into a multifaceted advocacy campaign;
• Knowledge of international and regional human rights law and mechanisms;
• Strong legal research and analytical skills;
• Excellent presentation, writing and communication skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse actors and constituencies;
• Ability to work collaboratively, to multi-task, and to work under pressure;
• Strong work ethic and attention to detail;
• Fluency in spoken and written Spanish highly preferred;
• Some domestic and possibly international travel required.
• J.D. or LL.M. in international law;
• At least 1-2 years post-graduate experience with human rights advocacy, preferably as applied to the United States.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

Duration of Position: Two years (September 2015-August 2017)

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, résumé, writing sample and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.

https://reproductiverights.applicantpro.com/jobs/180795-30518.html

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they come in and we will not hold the position open for any specific time period. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by February 13, 2015.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.

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