The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center recently signed-on to a letter through Lawyers for Lawyers, supporting detained human rights lawyers in china.

In an open letter to President Xi Jinping, 24 organisations, including L4L, have strongly condemned the recent unprecedented and seemingly well-coordinated detention campaign of a large number of human rights lawyers in China (see the Chinese version of the letter here). The wave of arrests followed the disappearance of lawyer Wang Yu on 9 July 2015. As of 21 July, a total of at least 242 lawyers, law firm staff and human rights defenders have been detained, arrested, held incommunicado, summoned, or otherwise had their freedom temporarily restricted.

The organisations call upon the Chinese government to ensure that all of the detained, who have been arbitrarily deprived of their liberty, should be immediately released. If they are not immediately released, the government should at least disclose their whereabouts and ensure that they have prompt and regular access to their lawyers and family.

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The Incubator Program is an opportunity for Loyola Law School graduates who are engaged (or seek to be engaged) in a full time, social justice oriented solo practice in the Greater New Orleans area. Participants will receive instruction, case referrals, mentorship, peer feedback, and access to a wide variety of resources including office space. With a requirement that at least of 1/4 of time be spent on cases that fall into the “justice gap”, participants will accept pro bono referrals for individuals who are at or below 200% of the poverty line and will receive a $6,000.00 stipend to support the year of pro bono work. Admission to the Louisiana bar is a requirement of the Program although applications may be submitted before bar passage is confirmed for the July 2015 bar. The program will begin January 2016 and run through December 2016.   

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The Office of the Independent Police Monitor in New Orleans seeks interns for the fall and/or spring semester.

 

2015 Fall internship and/or 2016 Spring Legal Internship

Resume Receipt E-mail
Default email for resumes. slevine@nolaoig.org  AND jshannon@nolaoig.org
Description The internship is designed to provide students with experience in legal research and writing and also with practical skills such as case assessment, analysis, interviewing and community organization.

The primary duties of law school interns are to conduct research, analyze data, and prepare reports on policy issues related to police oversight and misconduct, as well as preventing and detecting fraud and abuse. Interns will conduct legal research and writing under the direction of the IPM. They will also conduct complaint intake after appropriate training. Interns will review completed investigations of complaints of misconduct against NOPD police to determine whether the investigations performed by the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau comply with substantive and procedural due process standards.

They may assist with community outreach events designed to disseminate information about the agency and its function and with drafting outreach literature.

Qualifications
All applicants must be first year, second year, or third year law students. All applicants should have excellent analytical skills. Criminal justice experience is a plus.

Salary
non-paid

Application Instructions: please e-mail all applications and we will follow up with you by phone

Until 8/7/15

Simone Levine
Phone: 504 681 3232
Fax: (504) 681 3230
slevine@nolaoig.org
525 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

 

After 8/7/15

Jordan Shannon

Phone: 504 681 3203
Fax: (504) 681 3230
jshannon@nolaoig.org
525 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

 

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UNITE HERE is hosting a prison justice workshop on July 23rd at 6:33pm called “Locked Up and Locked Out,” sponsored and facilitated by Stand With Dignity, Black Youth Project, Voices of the Ex Offender, Break Out, Congreso, and Ashe Cultural Center. Hear testimony from a currently incarcerated individual in Angola and from a previously incarcerated individual, see a presentation of systems and policies of injustice from the points of view of the facilitators, and discuss the issue of mass incarceration in small groups, brainstorming community solutions to a problem that affects so much of our community. The involved discussion will end with the facilitators presenting a call to action by sharing their current projects related to prison justice. Black and Pink will also have a booth set up so that folks can write to and even develop a pen pal relationship with a currently incarcerated individual who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

The workshop will be at the UNITE HERE office at 2926 Canal St. Food will be provided, with vegetarian and vegan options available. Please email or call Ciara Malaugh (clmalaugh@crimson.ua.edu256-651-7485) if you are able to attend so that we may get a count for food. Hope to see you there!

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund has launched a Race and Policing Reform Campaign and is soliciting applications for the positions listed below.

Policy Counsel

http://www.naacpldf.org/job/policy-counsel-race-and-policing-reform-campaign

Senior Research Fellow

http://www.naacpldf.org/job/senior-research-fellow-race-and-policing-reform-campaign

Community Organizer

http://www.naacpldf.org/job/community-organizer-race-and-policing-reform-campaign

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The Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN), a nonprofit organization that provides free legal representation in immigration matters to persecuted asylum seekers and immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, is seeking an Asylum Attorney to supervise and run our organization’s Asylum Project.

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Please join Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) for a fun night of trivia, delicious complimentary food, great drink specials, and fun prizes. Admission to the event is free.

Wednesday July 22, 2015 5:30-8:30pm

The quiz will start at 6:30pm

Eiffel Society

2040 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans

$15 to play the quiz ($10 for students) 

You can purchase tickets to play trivia at the event (cash only) or pre-purchase tickets (and avoid long lines at the event) at: https://sllsbarexam.eventbrite.com/

Our quizmaster will be none other than the prominent maritime attorney and New Orleans Bar Association President, Walter Leger Jr.

Eiffel Society will generously donate 20% of bar proceeds to SLLS. All money raised from this event will be used to provide free legal services to protect the lives, health, and livelihoods of vulnerable people in Southeast Louisiana.

Prizes will be awarded to the team that wins the pub quiz and to the team with the best name.

Please join the event on Facebook to get updates about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/895078140559546/

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Women Thrive Worldwide seeks a visionary, results-oriented and entrepreneurial Director of Development to lead the development function and fundraising activities of the organization and act as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The successful candidate must be a strong, collaborative leader and manager, have an innovative spirit, and be a critical, strategic thinker on a macro and micro level. The Director of Development will lead the design, coordination and implementation of the contributed income program on behalf of the organization’s goals and objectives to increase and diversify donor support and organizational financial resources.

The Director of Development will lead in planning, implementing and supervising the fundraising strategies aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities. S/he will work closely with the President and Board of Directors, on matters of development strategy, enabling the organization to advance, expand, and implement global fundraising activities.

The Director of Development will rally the development team, the entire Women Thrive team, and consultants in building campaigns for individual, foundation and corporate support. This individual will orchestrate strategies for prospecting, rating, building pipelines, cultivating and developing proposals and reports as needed to secure support for the organization. The Director of Development supervises one development associate and a development consultant. The Director of Development will report to Women Thrive’s President.

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Families Helping Families of Jefferson Bi-Lingual Information and Training Specialist Job Description

Purpose:  The purpose of the Information and Training Specialist is to assist parents of children with disabilities or suspected of a disability how to navigate the special education and health systems. This position will also work with youth with disabilities exiting high school with developing Self-Advocacy Skills and Post-Secondary planning.

Duties and Responsibilities:

40 hours a week position, hourly

Qualifications/Skills:

1. High School Diploma or equivalent.

2. Microsoft Word, Publishing, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook competency.

3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

4. Excellent knowledge of computer/internet technology.

5. Excellent organizational skills.

6. Working knowledge of Louisiana Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education bulletins, laws and regulations related to the education of children 0 – 26 years of age with disabilities including but not limited to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, American’s with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Knowledge of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Programs for individuals with disabilities.

7. At least 1 year of advocacy experience. (Volunteer experience is acceptable)

8. At least 1 year of public speaking experience.

Requirements:

1. Reliable transportation with the minimum state insurance requirements.

2. Occasional overnight travel.

3. Occasional night time and weekend work.

4. Must believe in Louisiana Act 378 and full inclusion of people with disabilities in school and community.

5. Parent or care giver of a child with a disability or individual with a disability.

6. Acceptable Department of Motor Vehicle Record.

7. Pass required drug test.

8. Bi-Lingual – Must be fluent in reading, writing and speaking Spanish and English.

Benefits:

  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation leave
  • $12 hr.

Interested candidates should email a letter of interest and resume to Mary Jacob at mjacob@fhfjefferson.org.

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The Access to Justice Projects Counsel manages, administers and directs various projects of, or facilitated by, the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Program with an emphasis on building relationships among Louisiana Civil Justice Community members and Criminal Justice System partners that foster coordination and strengthen results within each group. This responsibilities of the Louisiana licensed attorney who accepts this position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with training and education efforts of Louisiana’s public interest and pro bono attorneys
  • Facilitating initiatives for Louisiana’s civil and criminal justice community stakeholders.
  • Acting as staff liaison for select LSBA Committees and Subcommittees, such as the Access to Justice, Criminal Justice, Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities and Children’s Law Committee and the LSBA’s LIFT Program.
  • Working in partnership with members of the Louisiana civil and criminal justice communities, [Louisiana legal providers (civil and criminal) , Louisiana's Statewide Task Forces, Louisiana Pro Bono Programs, the Access to Justice Committee and others] to fulfill the objectives of the position and Access to Justice Program.
  • Working with ATJ Director on other projects, including but not limited to resource development, pro bono, communication matters, Legal Innovators for Tomorrow LIFT Incubator Program, Justice Gap Issues, etc.
  • Working with ATJ Staff and Justice Community Partners on innovations to improve access to the courts and help bridge the justice gap in which services are not provided.

Applicant must be able to demonstrate a prior commitment to access to justice issues.

Applicants should send a resume with cover letter and writing sample to atjmail@lsba.org

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