Southern Poverty Law Center is hiring! Please see the job announcements below:

SPLC SIFI Direct Services Attorney.Lumpkin.GA

SPLC SIFI Lead Attorney.Lumpkin.GASPLC

SIFI Project Coordinator.Ocilla.GASPLC

SIFI Lead Attorney.Ocilla.GASPLC

SIFI Direct Services Attorney.Ocilla.GA

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The Lawyers’ Committee is pleased to announced that it is seeking applicants for the 2018-2019 George N. Lindsay Fellowship and the 2017-2019 Jerry Shestack Justice Fellowship. We are also seeking applicants for sponsorship for the 2018-2020 Skadden, Soros Justice, and EJW Fellowships. The Lindsay Fellowship is targeted at recent graduates who will have no more than two years of post-graduate experience, not counting judicial clerkships, by the start of the fellowship. The Shestack Fellowship is targeted at attorneys with two or more years of post-graduate experience, inclusive of judicial clerkships. Eligibility for project-based fellowships is based on the criteria of the Skadden Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and Equal Justice Works respectively.

2018-2019 Lindsay Fellowship

2018-2020 Project-Based Fellowships

Shestack Fellowship 2017-2019


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Assistant Clinical Professor – Coordinator of Skills and Experiential  Learnings – College of Law

Responsibilities include teaching and managing all educational tasks necessary to institute and maintain an innovative skills curriculum for all law students; to oversee, manage the academic externship program to include teaching each semester; and to expand experiential practice-based learning experiences for law students.

This position requires: a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school; substantial experience, including a minimum of 5 years practice and/or teaching experience at an accredited law school; being licensed to practice law in Louisiana; and demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with low income people; a long-term commitment to teaching law students to maintain strong academic credentials and practice experience.  Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience with planning, organizing and administering lawyering skills curriculum and experiential learning.

Send resume, writing sample and references with letter of application to:

Ramona Fernandez
Associate Director of Clinic
Stuart H. Smith Clinic & Center for Social Justice
Loyola University College of Law
504 Broadway Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118

Loyola is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for application is May 1st.

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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of New York Supervising Attorney to be based in New York. The New York Supervising Attorney will supervise the New York Staff Attorney, Social Worker, and Volunteer Coordinator as well as New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Protection Reauthorization Act. The New York office of the Young Center will serve both detained and released children in the New York/New Jersey area. While this is a Supervising Attorney position, the person hired will not serve as the immigration attorney for any child, but instead will be appointed as Child Advocate or will supervise the work of Child Advocates.

The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The Young Center serves as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center also conducts policy advocacy at the national level to promote consideration of best interests in all decisions concerning immigrant children. The Young Center team is a passionate and collegial group of professionals—attorneys, social workers and administrative staff—committed to ensuring that children receive the full protection of federal immigration law, domestic child welfare law and international human rights law. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Supervising Attorney’s primary responsibilities will be to:

•        Supervise the New York Staff Attorney, Social Worker, and Volunteer Coordinator as well as New York/New Jersey-based volunteer Child Advocates appointed pursuant to the Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

•        In collaboration with the Young Center Associate Director, develop advocacy strategy on all cases in and around New York/New Jersey in which the Young Center is appointed as Child Advocate.

•        Review and edit all work product, including oral and written best interests recommendations for submission to stakeholders (immigration judges, USCIS, ORR, ICE, etc.) applying federal, state and international law.

•        Meet regularly with stakeholders (immigration judges, USCIS, ORR, ICE, CBP).

•        In collaboration with Young Center Associate Director and Director, develop strategic partnerships in the New York/New Jersey area to support the work of Child Advocates.

Minimum Requirements:

•        J.D. and licensed to practice law in at least one state.

•        At least three years of experience practicing law, including preparing for and representing immigrants before immigration authorities, or the substantial equivalent.

•        Experience working with immigrant and refugee children or survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other traumatic experiences.

•        Experience supervising attorneys.

•        Excellent written and oral advocacy skills.

•        A commitment to public interest work.

•        Proficiency in Spanish, including the ability to speak with children in Spanish and to communicate over the telephone in Spanish with children, family members, and others.

•        Ability to take initiative, to work collaboratively, and an enthusiasm for working with volunteers.

•        Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families.

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is seeking applications for the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney position.

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE 1300 L Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005


March 2017

Background: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing direct and pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.

Overview: KIND seeks a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in KIND’s New York field office to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms, corporate partners, and law schools. The Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will recruit, train and mentor volunteer firm and corporate attorneys to ensure effective pro bono representation of individual child clients before immigration and state courts, and immigration agencies. This position is full-time based on available funding and is currently funded through January 31, 2018.

Responsibilities of the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Conduct or oversee legal intakes and the provision of know-your-rights information to child clients;

2. Match child clients with pro bono attorneys;

3. Recruit, train, and provide expert advice and guidance to pro bono attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related family law matters;

4. Develop and maintain updated guidance memoranda, sample filings, and legal training presentations;

5. Provide direct representation to a limited number of child clients, with a primary focus on facilitation of pro bono representation by volunteer corporate and law firm attorneys;

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE 1300 L Street, NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005

6. Foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs in the New York office and the Director of Pro Bono Recruitment and Training at KIND Headquarters;

7. Manage all operations related to the Robin Hood grant, including case management, data entry and maintenance, metrics compliance, reports, and supervision of a half-time paralegal and legal interns;

8. Work collaboratively with colleague organizations within the Immigrant Children Advocates Relief Effort (ICARE) Coalition of which KIND is a member, including ensuring docket coverage at the immigration court, and cross-referrals of child clients;

9. Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission, and represent KIND at conferences, meetings, and other events as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Admission to practice law, preferably in the state of New York;

2. At least one to three years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas;

3. Family law experience a plus;

4. Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;

5. A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;

6. Spanish speaking preferred;

7. An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders;

8. Supervisory experience, preferably in legal setting;

9. Mentoring and training experience;

10. Excellent oral and written communication skills;

11. Excellent professional judgment;

12. Ability to hit the ground working, multi-task, and work independently; and

13. Ability to work collaboratively.

To Apply:

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary range requirements, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at:

Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and not later than the posted deadline. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.


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Southern Poverty Law Center is hiring. Please visit the links below.

Staff Attorney – Economic Justice Project:—economic-justice-project/job

Senior Staff Attorney – Immigrant Justice Project:—immigrant-justice-project/job

Senior Staff Attorney, Special Litigation:

Hatewatch Fellow:

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ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow

March 14, 2017

The ABA Center for Innovation and Microsoft are excited to announce a unique new fellowship opportunity for recent law school graduates. The inaugural ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow will gain invaluable experience while positively impacting the delivery of legal services to those most in need of assistance.

ABA Center for Innovation

The ABA Center for Innovation encourages and accelerates innovations that improve the accessibility, effectiveness, and efficiency of legal services in the United States. Through its Fellows Program, the Center works with established and emerging leaders to develop cutting-edge legal tech and process innovations.

ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow

Among other exciting projects related to innovation in legal services, in 2016, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to create statewide online justice portals. The project’s aim is to direct low-income persons to appropriate legal aid resources in each state. It seeks to transform a system that is too often opaque, confusing, and inefficient into a single, simple, statewide access point for legal aid resources.

In residence at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, the ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow will spend most of his or her time helping to advance the LSC portal project, while also contributing to a variety of other technology initiatives. The Fellow will join an exclusive cohort of ABA NextGen and Innovation Fellows, most of whom will be in residence at ABA Headquarters in Chicago Illinois. The ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow may therefore travel on occasion to meet with ABA members, staff, and Fellows at ABA Headquarters.


The Center is seeking a recent (within the last 5 years) law school graduate to spend one year in residence (August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018) at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. This Fellow will receive a $45,000 salary and benefits. Bar admission is not necessary.

Candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Commitment to improving access to justice
  • Working knowledge of technology design and web development
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment
  • Curiosity about the evolution of legal services


Applicants should submit the following:

  • A short statement (500 to 750 words) demonstrating their interest in and qualifications for the ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow
  • A resume, including links (if available) to a website or professional social media profile
  • A short (approximately two minute) video or multimedia presentation, highlighting the candidate’s qualifications

Please submit your application to by April 15, 2017.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by ABA members and staff, as well as by Microsoft staff. Finalists will be contacted in early April to schedule an interview.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I work during my fellowship?
The Fellows Program is a full-time commitment. Fellows should not pursue outside work.

Can I work remotely?
No. The ABA Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow will be hosted at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, with occasional visits to ABA Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

What will the ABA provide during the fellowship?
All fellows will have access to many of the nation’s top legal innovators, educators, technologists, and designers. Additionally, they will receive a comprehensive Boot Camp training. Fellows will receive a $45,000 salary, plus benefits.

Do I have to be a programmer?
You do not have to be a programmer. However, you should have an understanding of legal tech solutions.

Do I have to be a lawyer or law graduate?
NextGen Fellows must be recent (within five years) law school graduates.

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We will be hosting the NLG Southern Regional Conference this weekend at school. Registration can be found here. Students can qualify for Skills credit by attending the Friday CLE on non-unanimous juries; more information on the process is available here.

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Congratulations to former Gillis Long Summer Intern, Morgan Moone! Morgan recently accepted a fellowship with Refugee Solidarity Network! She is now fundraising to support her expenses in Turkey. Learn more at

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The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law & the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center will co-sponsor on Saturday a warrant clinic that allows people with warrants for traffic and municipal court or outstanding fines and fees to clear their records without fear of arrest.

The clinic begins at noon, Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Corpus Christi Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116.

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