Just Futures Law (JFL) is a women-of-color-led movement law project that defends and builds the power of immigrant rights and criminal justice activists, organizers, and community groups to prevent criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants and people of color in the United States. JFL was founded in 2019 using a movement lawyering and racial justice framework. We are a growing start-up with a fast-paced, movement culture.

JFL seeks a Policy Counsel or Policy Advisor to develop and deliver policy and legal support that builds the power of our grassroots partners and communities impacted by repressive immigration and policing laws. According to our movement lawyering values, the policy staff will handle a mix of policy work at the national and local level, and a small docket of legal case work connected to our policy priorities.

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The Office of the Circuit Executive for the Fifth Circuit is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Circuit Executive (ACE) for Court Administration. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and salary history, as a single PDF attachment, to vacancy@ca5.uscourts.gov. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email. Following acknowledgement, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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OPD is seeking a full-time Conflict Panel Administrator.

The Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office (OPD) provides holistic, community-based representation for all indigent criminal defendants in Orleans Parish. When OPD cannot assume representation of a defendant due to a legal and/or ethical conflict, the Conflict Administrator works to obtain appropriate and zealous representation for the client consistent with OPD’s values and vision.

The Conflict Administrator works with OPD’s Leadership Team to determine legal conflicts of interest and assign or reassign the case appropriately. Approximately 10-15 % of clients appointed OPD counsel are designated as needing Conflict Counsel. The Conflict Administrator is responsible for ensuring that all designated conflict clients are assigned accountable, efficient, communicative, and effective counsel. Of utmost importance is that the Conflict Administrator maintains its neutrality status as an entity housed under OPD.

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The Pro Bono Project is hiring a full-time staff attorney. The staff attorney handles a wide variety of civil law matters, using a variety of methods including advice and referral, brief service, transactional work, negotiation, and litigation.  In addition to direct representation of clients, staff attorneys supervise the work of interns/externs, provide legal information to the public in person and virtually via The Pro Bono Project’s Self-Help Resource Centers, and prepare and conduct trainings for staff and volunteers. The Pro Bono Project’s attorneys are supported in professional development endeavors and are encouraged to participate in task forces, committees, social service organizations, and local bar associations.

This staff attorney position has a particular focus on Children’s Law and is responsible for all child-in-need-of-care (CINC) matters at The Pro Bono Project.  However, the staff attorney will gain experience in a variety of different practice areas by handling cases ranging from: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS); uncontested Article 103 divorce; drafting and executing wills, powers of attorney, and living wills; non-urgent housing matters; uncontested custody; and intrafamily adoption.

For a full description, please click here. The deadline to submit an application for this position is June 10, 2022. Please send a resume, cover letter, and list of references to: C.C. Kahr, Executive Director at cckahr@probono-no.org. If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in the hiring process, please communicate your request to Kathryn Lafrentz at klafrentz@probono-no.org as soon as possible. No phone calls please.

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SLLS anticipates hiring several Staff Attorneys for the New Orleans Right to Counsel Program.

New Orleans Right to Counsel Program

Right to Counsel Program for Orleans Parish tenants struggling with housing insecurity to help stabilize their housing. The case work of the project will include representation in landlord-tenant matters including evictions, subsidy terminations, landlord-tenant disputes that might lead to evictions, illegal lockouts, and other housing issues that might lead to displacement. Strategies to accomplish the goal of the project includes education/outreach, direct case work, operation of Eviction Help Desks, social services assistance/connection to resources, and strategic impact advocacy. Expected partnership with the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center and the Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative on this collaboration project. Finalization of budget and funding availability per organization, we expect to hire for these positions:

RIGHT TO COUNSEL STAFF ATTORNEYS

Staff attorneys will handle a caseload of Orleans Parish landlord-tenant cases, will  provide advice, brief service, and extended representation, will assist with staffing the Eviction Help Desks in First and/or Second City Court, will assist with grant reporting as needed, support advocacy goals, and other duties as needed.

Positions will be in the New Orleans and Gretna office.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Staff Attorneys supervise the support staff on work the attorney assigns to them, and as delegated by the Managing Attorney.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school

Licensed to practice law in Louisiana

This position will be full-time with a salary range of $50,000-$69,800, depending on experience. Additional compensation for bilingualism.

To apply, send a resume to Shannan Latino, Human Resources Manager, at slatino@slls.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled in lieu of a deadline.

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The Staff Attorney performs a variety of duties involved in providing legal assistance and representation to sexual assault survivors.

The primary responsibilities of this role are to:

  • Provide sexual assault victims with comprehensive legal consultations, representation and referrals
  • Conduct safety plans with all survivors
  • Document all client interactions in STAR’s EmpowerDB client database
  • Attend court, return client calls, and draft legal documents as needed

Classification: 40 hours/week (Full-time/Exempt)

Reports to: Managing Attorney

Supervises: Legal Interns, as requested

To apply: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/7sC4W792QX4Ydcpf1e1yduJ6A

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The Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana (JAC) seeks a full-time Record Clearing Attorney to work with and for people with criminal records to mitigate, modify, and eliminate the collateral consequences of the criminal legal system.

Learn More: Record Clearing Atty JAC Job Announcement (1)

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Eviction Defense Project Attorneys (2)

The Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) seeks two Louisiana Licensed attorneys to join LaFHAC’s Eviction Defense Project in New Orleans as part of a new Right to Counsel Initiative. The Eviction Defense Project Attorneys will join LaFHAC’s staff for one year, with the possibility of extension as need requires and funding allows. The Project attorneys will join LaFHAC’s Eviction Defense Project, with an emphasis on serving clients that fall outside of legal aid’s service boundaries.  The Project attorneys’ work will be focused solely on eviction defense in Orleans Parish. The attorneys will work closely with the local LSC-funded legal aid organization, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, to identify the populations that are most likely to be underserved, as well as to provide and be a source for referrals.  The Project attorneys will appear regularly in Orleans Parish Civil District Court to defend tenants facing eviction. Additionally, the attorneys will table 1-2 times a week in the Orleans Civil District Court to assist tenants who appear for their eviction hearings without having already secured representation.

Read more about the position here.

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Applications are now open for the
2022 Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties!

The fellowship is open to first-year law students who intend to carry out significant activities during the summer (in between their first and second year) in the areas of civil rights and/or civil liberties. Fellows each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Proposed activities may include a writing or research project, work with a public interest organization in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil liberties law case under the supervision of a faculty member or lawyer, or any other work in the areas of civil rights or civil liberties.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 22, 2022 to be eligible. No email applications will be considered. All applications must be submitted online through the Submittable portal.

For more information, please email masur@typemediacenter.org or call 212-822-0263.

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The 2022 John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship application deadline is Friday, March 25. The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed by the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. The Commission will award a $3,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with people experiencing homelessness/poverty or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and September 1 to the program of their choice.

More information about the Curtin Fellowship and the application can be found here: John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship (americanbar.org).

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