Volunteer with “Prepared to Vote” and “Election Protection”

Election Protection (EP) – led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – is the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition.  Election Protection’s national voter hotlines (866-OUR-VOTE, 888-VE-Y-VOTA & 888-API-VOTE) [1] and Election Day field programs assist voters with problems and guide them throughout the voting process, regardless of their party affiliation.  EP also provides critical legal resources year round, including for early voting, voter registration, election officials and grassroots organizations. Election Protection is a resource for all Americans.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s annual Prepared to Vote efforts are strategic public education campaigns aimed at sustaining and increasing Black political participation in elections. Through the Prepared to Vote campaigns, LDF provides non-partisan election preparedness information leading up to and on Election Day to various partners in target states.

Prepared to Vote/Election Protection in Louisiana: For the November 8th Election in Louisiana, the NAACP LDF and the Lawyers’ Committee will be jointly coordinating voter protection field programs in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lake Charles areas. Field volunteers will respond in-person to problems reported to the hotlines and monitor polling places for issues as they arise during Election Day.

Assistance Needed:  The Lawyers’ Committee and the NAACP LDF seek lawyers, law students, and paralegals to staff the legal field programs in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lake Charles on Election Day (November 8th). All volunteers will be asked to sign up for a several-hour shift on Election Day and participate in a 1 ½ hour on-demand (online) training. Guidance and training materials are provided to all volunteers.

To volunteer with Election Protection in Louisiana, visit:


Additional Information: For any questions about the voter protection effort in Louisiana, please contact Jess Unger at junger@lawyerscommittee.org or (202) 662-8367.  Please feel free to circulate this pro bono opportunity widely amongst your networks.

The Prepared to Vote and Election Protection programs are non-partisan efforts, and are not affiliated in any way with any candidate or political party.

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October 11, 2016 12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Christopher Dolan, founder and lead trial counsel at the Dolan Law Firm, announced today the creation of the Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarships. One $2,500 scholarship will be given to a current U.S. college student. Applicants are required to create a short video on the topic of justice, and post the video on YouTube.

“At the Dolan Law Firm, we say we are the best lawyers we hope you’ll never need. Achieving justice and holding wrongdoers accountable are what drive us,” stated Dolan. “Through the Justice Empowerment Scholarship, we wish to encourage students to advance the cause of social justice. We also hope that the videos applicants submit will inspire young persons across America to strive for social justice in their communities.”

The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2017. The scholarship will be awarded by February 10, 2017. Visit the scholarship page on the Dolan Law Firm website at https://dolanlawfirm.com/about-us/scholarship/ for the specific award criteria.

Scholarship Summary For College Guidance Counselors And Financial Aid Advisors (Text May Be Copied)

Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarship

Deadline: January 6, 2017

Website: https://dolanlawfirm.com

Scholarship Amount: $2,500

Description: The Dolan Law Firm wishes to identify and honor the next generation of crusaders for justice. The purpose of the Justice Empowerment Scholarship program is to encourage students to advance the cause of social justice. One scholarship will be provided to a current college student. Applicants are required to create a short video on the topic of justice and post the video on YouTube by January 6, 2017. Please visit https://dolanlawfirm.com/about-us/scholarship/ to determine your eligibility and review the submission requirements. The scholarship will be awarded by February 10, 2017.


Dolan Law Firm
Stephen Cassidy, 415-421-2800

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We are so excited that our Graduates for Justice can support disaster relief efforts! Thanks to Southeast Louisiana Legal Services for supporting our new program!

To learn more about this postgraduate internship opportunity, please visit: http://www.loyno.edu/gillislong/graduates-justice.

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Please join Catholic Charities- Archdiocese of New Orleans in our effort to assist survivors of domestic violence. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will be hosting a free training on U-visa applications and VAWA petitions.

The training will be on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 12:45PM to 5:00PM (Registration begins at 12:00PM) located at:

Family Justice Center
701 Loyola Avenue 11th Floor,
Tower Conference Room, Suite T-11035
New Orleans, LA 70113

Lunch will be provided.

**Pending approval for 3.50 CLE credit hours in Louisiana.

Registration and additional details available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/u-visas-and-vawa-petitions-immigration-relief-for-survivors-of-domestic-violence-cle-seminar-tickets-28345265452

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ACADIANA LEGAL SERVICE CORPORATION, a non-profit public service firm, is accepting applications for the following positions:

Paralegal- Lafayette office position in the Child In Need of Care Unit. Organizational and time management skills are necessary and some experience in a law office or as a Paralegal is preferred.

Staff Attorney- Two Openings for in the Child In Need of Care Unit. We are seeking 2 licensed, full time Staff Attorneys to represent children in abuse, neglect, and abandonment cases. The successful candidates will be assigned to either the Alexandria, Louisiana, office or the Lake Charles, Louisiana, office. Legal experience in child welfare law is preferred but not required. Extensive local travel is required.

Staff Attorney-Lake Charles. This position is in the Litigation Unit. We are seeking a licensed, experienced attorney to handle housing and consumer-related legal matters.

Please specify which office location and which position you are applying, when submitting your resume/cover letter. These position offers a competitive salary, depending on experience, and great fringe benefits.

For the attorney positions, an outside practice of law is prohibited by federal law.

Please e-mail resumes to jobs@la-law.org no later than October 14, 2016.

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The Hudson Thomas Program
Delgado Community College &
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
Healthcare Workforce Partnership 

Instructional Course Facilitator

Open Date: September 21, 2016

Closing Date: September 30, 2016

Organization Description:  The Hudson Thomas Program (HTP) provides fundamental skills training to entry-level incumbent workers to help prepare these employees for upward mobility within the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS).

Job Summary: The HTP is seeking an Instructional Course Facilitator to provide teaching, curriculum development and administrative support to improve the educational outcomes of a targeted cohort of SLVHCS employees. The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented and approachable leader who enjoys working with adult learners who are functioning across a wide spectrum with regards to their competencies in literacy, numeracy and computer skills.

Compensation: $35/hour at approx. 25 hours/week (October 2016-January 2017)

Responsibilities Include:

  • Responsible for teaching a course using instructional methods geared toward the adult learner in a classroom setting. Plan lessons and curriculum based on the learning needs of culturally diverse and multi-skill level students that enhance basic education skills. Deliver whole group, small group, and individualized instruction to students using a variety of instructional methods, materials, and techniques.
  • Implement procedures and program retention activities to assure attendance. Assure that students get the wrap around services needed to be completers.
  • Follow all policies set forth by administration to measure and document student educational gains, attendance, and attainment of goals. Keep daily attendance records and progress reports. Maintain accurate, complete, and up-to-date records.
  • Use available technology in classroom instruction.
  • Adhere to regulations set forth regarding confidentiality of student records.
  • Monitor participants’ needs in order to remediate educational deficiencies.
  • Assure that students who qualify are pre and post tested as needed. Assess program students using the TABE and TABE CLAS-E tests as dictated by Adult Education Program policy.
  • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interest of the students.
  • Oversee the solicitation of student feedback on the program.
  • Maintain clean and professional classroom environment.
  • Prepare weekly summaries and program updates.
  • Recommend changes to processes, policies and metrics to facilitate the improvement of instructional design services and performance.
  • Work with Project Coordinator to ensure all deadline dates are met throughout the design and development process.
  • Maintain expertise in online learning, instructional design and technology, adult learning theory, and andragogy/pedagogy to support program and course development.
  • Assuring quality of all educational, training, and written materials and conformance with project objectives.
  • Developing, reviewing, and preparing curricula, training materials, needs assessment and program evaluation tools, correspondence, reports, proposals, and project-related documents.
  • Maintaining records, including project management, instructional design, and training implementation plans.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills
  • Well-organized and detail-oriented, with ability to multitask
  • Ability to work within deadlines
  • Self-motivated and self-managed while also enjoying being part of a team
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Drive

Preferred Qualifications/Work Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Adult Education, Reading, English, Math or related field with teaching experience in K-12 and/or Adult Education
  • Three (3) years teaching experience preferred

Skills, Knowledge, & Abilities

  • Technical Writing
  • Teaching/training
  • Curriculum & course development
  • Project management and efficient use of resources
  • Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow through
  • Excellent knowledge of issues related to e-Learning and learning technologies
  • Application level understanding of instructional design, adult learning, teaching methods, and e-learning technologies

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Email cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to “HTP Hiring Committee” at annette@convergeforchange.com.

The Hudson Thomas Program
Delgado Community College &
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
Healthcare Workforce Partnership

Program Navigator

Open Date: September 21, 2016

Closing Date: September 30, 2016

Organization Description:  The Hudson Thomas Program (HTP) provides fundamental skills training to entry-level incumbent workers to help prepare these employees for upward mobility within the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS).

Job Summary: The Program Navigator is responsible for working closely with students to help them develop college and career success skills through individual meetings and group training sessions. He/she also serves as the main resource for students, referring them to academic and other support services both within SLVHCS and in the community. The Program Navigator tracks student performance, and intervenes when it wanes. Finally, the Program Navigator assists the facilitator/instructor with day-to-day tasks like maintaining student records, entering programmatic data, and developing external partnerships.

Compensation: $25/hour at approx. 20 hours/week (October 2016-January 2017)

Responsibilities Include:

  • Strength connections with SLVHCS education and workforce programs and in community.
  • Expand the network of SLVHCS and community service providers.
  • Build and maintain community partnerships; attend meetings.
  • Establish positive and trusting relationships with students/employees.
  • Coordinate and provide supportive services to support academic persistence and success.
  • Work with outside agencies and organizations to provide additional services to employees.
  • Assist students/employees with career research, planning and job shadowing.
  • Monitor student progress and meet with students/employees regarding academic performance.
  • Present and coordinate workshops on a variety of topics that supplement and support instructional curriculum.
  • Facilitate student/employee success by creating peer networks.
  • Track student/employee attendance, behavior and progress.
  • Communicate regularly with key staff at the SLVHCS and work collaboratively to develop and strengthen student/employee support networks, referrals, and recruitment pipelines.
  • Develop opportunities for students/employees to gain real world information and exposure to targeted career pathways within SLVHCS.
  • Attends academic advising trainings and department and division meetings.
  • Assemble and update Program Navigator program resources.
  • Solicit student/employee feedback on and experience with the program.
  • Track and report student/employee participation in group and individual sessions.
  • Assist with data entry and maintaining student records.
  • Provide outreach to graduates and former students for connection to additional training opportunities.
  • Use comprehensive assessments for the development of individual career and training plans.
  • Assist in identifying and developing job shadowing and employment opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of education or a bachelor’s degree and 3 years experience in education or workforce development.
  • One year experience in community outreach.

Preferred Qualifications/Work Experience:

  • Experience in Adult Education or Higher Education advising, counseling or career services

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Maintaining an established work schedule, including some evenings.
  • Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills, including the use of tact and diplomacy.
  • Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow through.
  • Making individual and group presentations, conducting workshops and providing training.
  • Developing curriculum, training materials, and learning activities.
  • Working collaboratively.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Email cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to “HTP Hiring Committee” at annette@convergeforchange.com


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Position Announcement
Junior Case Investigator
Innocence Project New Orleans

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is seeking a dedicated, energetic individual to work as a Junior Case Investigator to assist in investigating claims of factual innocence from prisoners in Louisiana and Mississippi, in order to prepare viable innocence cases for representation and court proceedings.

About Innocence Project New Orleans

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a nonprofit law office that represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release. IPNO uses its cases to explain how wrongful convictions happen and what we can all do to prevent them. IPNO works with legislators, judges, lawyers, law enforcement and policymakers to protect the innocent within the criminal justice system.

Since its inception in 2001, IPNO has freed or exonerated 28 wrongly convicted prisoners. IPNO takes the hardest cases-cases that others are not equipped to. We devote the majority of our time and resources to freeing poor people who will otherwise die in prison for crimes they did not commit.

About the Position:

The responsibilities of the Junior Case Investigator include:

  • Assist in the investigation of potential innocence cases under the supervision of  lead attorneys and investigators, with the following duties:
    • Gathering documents and records from courts, government agencies, attorneys, and other sources;
    • Learning and understanding the requirements for proving innocence in court under Louisiana, Mississippi, and federal law;
    • Assisting in investigations according to team case plans, guided by the legal requirements for filing and proving an innocence case in court;
    • Documenting all investigative actions in detailed written memos and reports;
    • Communicating all investigative actions and progress directly to supervising attorneys and lead investigators in regular updates and meetings;
    • Managing a large file of documents in each case, and completing any related administrative tasks;
    • Assisting in preparing legal memos as needed;
    • Establishing and maintaining client relationships;
    • Traveling and conducting investigative tasks with irregular hours under often difficult conditions; and
    • Other duties as determined by supervising attorneys and investigators.
  • Assistance in preparation for court hearings and pleadings, including:
    • Paralegal work;
    • Preparing exhibits and demonstrative evidence;

Additionally, since IPNO is a small nonprofit office, all employees including the Junior Case Investigator will assist, as needed, in all aspects of IPNO’s work, including:

  • Fundraising
  • Communication and media
  • Policy advocacy
  • Office administration
  • Exoneree Assistance

Skills and Qualifications Required

  • The ability to learn, understand, and apply the law related to wrongful convictions, though no legal experience is necessary;
  • The ability to learn, understand, and apply the basics of forensic science and DNA testing, though no science experience is necessary;
  • An understanding of issues bearing on criminal justice, social justice, and wrongful convictions;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • The ability to work independently within teams supervised by a lead attorney and investigator;
  • The ability to communicate and work cooperatively with a wide range of people including government personnel and officials, law enforcement, attorneys, records custodians, students, prisoners and their families, and members of the community;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • The capacity to take initiative and think strategically;
  • When needed, willingness to travel and work irregular hours under difficult conditions;
  • Computer literacy, including proficiency with common office software;
  • Valid driver’s license; and
  • Reliable transportation

Experience and Qualifications Preferred

  • Bachelors degree
  • Prior investigative experience helpful, but not necessary
  • Familiarity with and ties to Louisiana or Mississippi

Compensation and Benefits

This position requires a two year commitment. Salary range is $25,000-$35,000 depending on experience. IPNO offers competitive benefits and generous vacation time.


The position will be open until filled. Please e-mail a cover letter including salary requirements, resume and writing sample (less than five pages) to openings@ip-no.org; please include the job title in the e-mail subject line.

Please do not call or fax.

IPNO considers applicants for positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, creed, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, former imprisonment or any legally protected status. We strongly encourage people from traditionally marginalized groups to apply.

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September 2016

Position: Capital Trial Attorney
The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a capital trial attorney position in its New Orleans office. Applicants should have, at the minimum, three years criminal experience and a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense representation; capital-specific experience is preferred. Depending upon experience, applicants will be considered for either an associate (2nd chair) or lead (1st chair) position.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993, with offices in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana.    The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings.  We represent clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and in federal cases.

In recent years, Louisiana and the LCAC have been at the cutting edge of capital defense litigation, particularly in areas such as prosecutorial misconduct, racial and religious discrimination, adequate indigent defense funding and the capital prosecution of those with serious mental impairments.   In the context of its casework, the LCAC pursues impact litigation in critical areas so as to advance the position of indigent capital defendants more generally. The LCAC emphasizes excellence and creativity in capital practice as well as making the client the center of all efforts in the case.

Interested applicants should provide the following by email to Christine Lehmann at clehmann@thejusticecenter.org: cover letter discussing your interest in the position, CV, writing sample, law school transcript if graduated within the past five years, and contact information for three references.  Applicants must be either barred in Louisiana or willing to take the next Louisiana bar exam. The position is open until filled but motivated applicants should aim to submit materials as soon as possible. More information about LCAC can be found at http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac. The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer.


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Free CLE Offered For Volunteers Willing to Assist Flood Victims

A 4-hour free CLE on disaster related legal issues will be sponsored by Southern University Law Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and Louisiana Appleseed for attorneys willing to volunteer to provide help to those affected by the recent floods.

The CLE will be held on Thursday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 130 at Southern University Law Center (2 Roosevelt Steptoe Dr., Baton Rouge). Volunteers can also receive CLE credit by participating in the simulcast of the trainings at the Lafayette Bar Association (2607 Johnston St., Lafayette) and the Louisiana State Bar Association (601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans).

CLE Schedule:
2 – 3 p.m. – Landlord/Tenant Issues
3 – 4 p.m. – FEMA Assistance & Disaster Law
4 – 5 p.m. – Successions Issues & Title Clearing
5 – 6 p.m. – SBA Loan Process & Tax Law

The program will be recorded for volunteers who wish to later learn about the disaster legal issues. Unfortunately, CLE credit will not be available with the recorded sessions.

To participate at the remote locations in Lafayette or New Orleans, please RSVP with Rachael Mills, 504-619-0104 or rachael.mills@lsba.org.

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Center for Constitutional Rights seeks a dynamic, creative Staff Attorney with 4-7 years of litigation experience.  While this attorney may ultimately work on a broad range of the Center’s litigation and advocacy campaigns, CCR seeks an attorney with experience and/or interest in issues emerging in our work on racial justice, immigrants’ rights, economic justice, gender justice, and in support of Black Lives Matter and Palestinian human rights movements. The attorney should have strong litigation skills, preferably experience in federal court, as well as experience in non-legal advocacy methodologies, including an ability to work alongside social/political movements and impacted communities.  Familiarity with international human rights mechanisms and non-English language skills are a plus.

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