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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The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (the “Law Center”) is the only national legal advocacy organization dedicated solely to using the power of the law to end and prevent homelessness in the United States. A not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC, the Law Center works with groups across the country.  We have advocated successfully for over 25 years for systemic law and policy reform to protect the rights and dignity of homeless Americans and to advance systemic solutions to homelessness. The Law Center has won education rights for homeless children, secured housing rights for domestic violence survivors, enforced laws that convert surplus federal property to housing and services, and protected and advanced the civil and human rights of homeless people.

The Advocacy Director will drive program planning, setting strategic objectives to carry out this innovative and ambitious organization’s goals and ensuring their effective implementation. The ideal candidate will have superb legal and management skills; be a critical thinker with excellent writing and speaking skills; balance initiative with a team approach; be capable of interacting effectively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders; value collaboration; relish challenges; enjoy problem solving; and possess a sense of optimism and humor.  Knowledge of the legal and policy landscape affecting homeless persons would be especially useful.  The Director will report to the Executive Director (who founded the Law Center 25 years ago), and supervise a dedicated and talented program team.  The Advocacy Director will serve on the senior management team and work closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Communications and the Director of Operations.

Send cover letter, resume, and a 3-5 writing sample relevant to the position, along with salary history and requirements to HR@nlchp.org with “Advocacy Director_Last Name_First Name” in the subject line.  No phone calls, please.

The Law Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

APPLICATIONS DEADLINE: Until filled.

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New York Lawyers for the Public Interest is hiring a staff attorney in our Health Justice program.

The Health Justice program brings a civil rights and immigrant rights focus to health care advocacy in New York City. In partnership with individuals and community-based organizations, we use a wide range of advocacy tools to challenge health disparities and ensure access to high quality health care for people from medically underserved neighborhoods. Current campaigns focus on immigrant access to health care, language access, the impact of hospital closings on low-income communities of color, and access to physical education in schools.

The Staff Attorney will take on existing advocacy and have ample opportunity to lead and collaborate on new campaigns. The Staff Attorney will engage in legal, policy, and administrative advocacy, as well as community organizing and outreach, coalition-building, and media work.

In particular, the Staff Attorney will lead a campaign to provide direct immigration representation to clients with serious medical needs. He or she will also help to develop a broader policy agenda around access to healthcare for undocumented New Yorkers and will represent NYLPI in various coalitions and tables aimed at addressing this issue.

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This course will introduce students to essential principles of community lawyering (also known as movement lawyering or cause lawyering)–a type of lawyering where attorneys work in close collaboration with community groups. Using an array of advocacy tools including litigation, community lawyering aims to build strong social movements to support long-term social justice goals. In this skills course, community lawyers will introduce the importance of negotiation skills where representation of a community group is involved and a critical social justice issue is at stake. This class is highly interactive and will provide unique opportunities to learn about local work currently in our own community.

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The mission of the Peggy Browning Fund (PBF) is to educate law students about the rights and needs of workers. Since our first Summer Fellowship Program in 1998, the prestige of a Peggy Browning Fellowship has become widely recognized.

Students have been consistently enthusiastic about the invaluable experience they gained. Many law firms, labor unions, and nonprofit organizations serving workers have reported that, because of our reputation and their experience with our Fellows, they consider a Peggy Browning Fellowship as an especially important credential.

During 2015, we expect to offer approximately 70 funded ten-week Summer Fellowships. In addition, we will once again offer a funded part-time School-Year Fellowship (at the Chicago Newspaper Guild).

2015 Summer Fellowships
Funded positions in labor-related organizations
throughout the United States.

2015-2016 School-Year Fellowship
1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Application deadline: January 16, 2015

Fellowships locations have expanded!
New this year: Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Pasadena, and Seattle.

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The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice’s legal department seeks Spanish speaking volunteers to assist in trial preparation.

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) defends the bedrock constitutional, civil, and labor rights of immigrant workers and their families on the Gulf Coast.  The Center represents workers in federal court, administrative hearings, and in government investigations.

The Workers’ Center seeks Spanish speaking volunteers to interpret for Spanish speaking workers to help prepare them for an administrative law trial and possibly conduct research related to the trial; having a legal background is not required. This is a great opportunity to support workers as they defend their labor rights.

Speaking Spanish fluently is required. Our strong preference is for people who can commit to volunteering for approximately 15 hours a week for about 3 weeks, beginning Jan.13 until approximately February 6th. The project will take place at the Workers’ Center Legal Offices in New Orleans.

The Workers’ Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and we would be happy to assist with pro bono / community service hours.

If interested, please contact Daniela Conde – dconde@nowcrj.org

 

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The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is hiring a staff attorney and Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project to join our Direct Services Team. The attorney would share co-director responsibilities with the Prisoner Justice and Immigrant Rights Project.

SRLP’s Direct Services Team

The Direct Services Team (DST) of SRLP consists of three projects: Survival and Self-Determination Project, Immigrant Rights Project and the Prisoner Justice Project. Our Immigrant Rights Project works with community members seeking name changes, updated immigration documents, adjustment of status, naturalization, removal defense and asylum. In our Survival and Self-Determination Project, we advocate for safe and accessible health care, represent community members seeking name changes and updated identity documents; and assist people seeking other services necessary for survival, like housing and government benefits. SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project advocates on behalf of our incarcerated community members to address prison conditions, safety issues, access to health care, name changes and placement issues. In addition, the Prisoner Justice Project provides courtroom advocacy and re-entry assistance where possible. All of the attorneys also participate in public education, including speaking at conferences and providing cultural competency trainings to providers and government agencies.

Job Description: Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project

The staff attorney will direct the work of the Survival and Self-Determination Project and participate in the work of the Immigrant Rights Project. There is significant overlap between both projects. The director will work closely with another attorney to provide direct services, impact litigation, public education, policy work, and community organizing support to advance the rights of transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people. Responsibilities include all aspects of providing direct services to a caseload of indigent clients; negotiating with agencies to change policies impacting the survival of our community members; developing and pursuing impact litigation for safe access to health care, housing, employment, etc.; drafting know your rights materials and conducting trainings of community members and service providers; supervising legal interns; and supporting campaigns of community organizing projects through such means as coordinating legal observing for actions or conducting on-site clinics. The staff attorney will also share general administrative and collective-wide duties with other staff. Because SRLP is a non-hierarchical organization with no Executive Director, all staff members play a key role in daily operations, organizational development and governance.

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The Peggy Browning Fellowship Program provides stipends to law students who dedicate their summer to advancing the cause of workers’ rights by working for labor unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, union-side law firms and other nonprofit organizations.  It is a ten-week summer fellowship available to 1st and 2nd year law students intended to encourage them to consider labor law as a viable career choice.  One school-year fellowship is also offered.

2015 Summer Fellowships

Funded positions in labor-related organizations

throughout the United States.

2015-2016 School-Year Fellowship

1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Application deadline: January 16, 2015

Fellowships locations have expanded!

New this year: Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Pasadena, and Seattle.

Information available at www.peggybrowningfund.org

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