1994 Alumna Brenda Breaux Appointed Executive Director of New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

New Orleans Redevelopment Authority’s (NORA) Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Brenda M. Breaux, J.D. ’94, Executive Director.  The appointment, effective August 15, 2016, followed the appointment of outgoing Executive Director, Jeff Hebert, to the position of Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Orleans.  Breaux served as NORA’s Chief Operating Officer since May 2012, where she was responsible for the day to day operations of the Agency.

“I am delighted by the appointment of Brenda Breaux as the Executive Director for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “Brenda’s experience alongside her professional accomplishments make her an ideal choice to lead NORA’s work to continue to revitalize the City of New Orleans.”

Breaux previously served as Senior Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans where her duties included management of 37 staff attorneys and support staff with direct responsibilities for housing, development and finance matters, the Mayor’s Blight Initiative, DCDBG and CDBG projects, liaison between City, State and Federal entities for the downtown medical complex project and negotiations between the City and State regarding the former Road Home properties.

Breaux has worked on large-scale affordable housing and complex real estate development projects in New Orleans in addition to serving as Deputy Executive Director for the Housing Authority of New Orleans, responsible for Development, Construction, Section 8, Procurement, Human Resources and Administrative Services and other executive level positions.

NORA Press Release: New Orleans Redevelopment Authority Board of Commissioners Appoint Brenda Breaux Executive Director

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Position: Managing Attorney

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

Organizational Background

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and communities. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.

NOWCRJ anchors three grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the National Guestworker Alliance.

NOWCRJ’s Legal Department provides legal support to NOWCRJ membership groups and their members to force employers and federal, state, and local agencies to comply with existing laws, to build worker power, and to protect workers’ rights to organize.  Our current work includes federal impact litigation and law reform cases, strategic immigration and detention work, administrative advocacy, policy advocacy, and campaign support.  Practice areas include workers’ rights, civil rights, immigration, and benefits.

Position Summary

This position is based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

NOWCRJ seeks a highly motivated managing attorney based in New Orleans to lead a team of attorneys in New Orleans with an intersectional legal practice. The Managing Attorney will be expected to (1) direct and supervise the docket and staff attorneys and represent clients in complex cases; (2) oversee internal management of the legal department and ensure we hit our ambitious goals; and (3) serve as a key leader of the Legal Department. This position reports directly to the Legal Director.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Set the direction for and lead NOWCRJ’ s legal work
  • Lead staff of attorneys and legal fellows to build NOWCRJ’s docket, in alignment with the organization’s strategic direction;
  • Lead litigation work and represent clients, especially for particularly complex cases;
  • Collaborate with campaign teams on legal and policy strategies;
  • Coordinate planning process across the department and organization to keep work plans up to date; and
  • Ensure smooth communication and coordination within the department and across departments.
  1. Manage legal department to ensure we deliver on our goals
  • Supervise staff attorneys, legal fellows, and administrative staff in the legal department;
  • Ensure that the team and individuals have ambitious goals and plans in place to meet them;
  • Develop staff skills as attorneys and advocates by providing clear and useful feedback in an ongoing manner;
  • Provide support and accountability to attorneys and fellows including workplan development; and
  • Work to ensure that top performers are retained.
  1. Serve as a key leader of the legal team and support ongoing work to build and strengthen NOWCRJ
  • Ensure legal and fiscal compliance and space/ infrastructure/ technology support for the department;
  • Create and review adherence with annual department budget;
  • Build innovative, disciplined, positive culture within the legal department and across the organization; and
  • Support the Legal Director and Executive Director in identifying, building, and maintaining the NOWCRJ’s resources.


  • Commitment to legal practice in a way that empowers collective vision and action by low-income workers and communities of color.
  • Substantial experience one or more of the following legal areas: labor, employment, immigration, or civil rights.
  • Management or supervision experience including legal supervision, case development, and project management.
  • Ability to implement vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment, and lead change.
  • Deep commitment to legal and policy work on behalf of low wage workers, immigrant communities, and other communities of color.
  • Sense of humor in order to maintain perspective and balance.
  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated litigation experience in labor, employment immigration, and/or civil rights law showing excellent skills and outcomes and innovative strategies.
  • Juris Doctor and active bar admission and willingness to take the Louisiana Bar Exam.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/ English), bicultural experience a plus.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to careers@nowcrj.org, subject line: NOWCRJ- Managing Attorney. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you. The application process will be open until position is filled.

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The State Bar of Texas seeks a director for the soon-to-launch Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator Program.

The Director of the Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator program (TOJI) administers the TOJI program, an incubator program for newer lawyers to develop innovative, socially conscious law practices providing affordable legal services to low and moderate income clients. The Director also works with the Law Practice Management Committee to distribute useful information on law practice management topics to Texas attorneys. Involves contact with volunteer lawyers, judges, and professors as well as frequent contact with State Bar departments, committees, and the public. Reports directly to the Director of the Law Practice Resources Division.

Learn More>>>

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2000 Alumna Dana Douglas Wins Federal Bar Association’s Camille Gravel Pro Bono Award

2000 Alumna Dana Douglas will receive the 2016 Camille Gravel Pro Bono Award from the Federal Bar Association.  The award is named in honor of the late Camille Gravel, a veteran trial attorney and a champion in the battle for civil rights and equal justice.  Douglas is a partner at Liskow and Lewis in New Orleans.  The award will be presented August 25th at the FBA’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon.

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The Advocacy Center is seeking applicants for the Elder Justice Americorps Legal Fellow. Please see below. Update: Application Deadline- August 21, 2016.


Employment Opportunity at the Advocacy Center of Louisiana:

Position Title: Advocacy Center Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Mission: The mission of this position is to provide legal advocacy and related activities to address elder abuse, neglect, and other forms of exploitation in Louisiana.

Essential Functions

  1. Provides legal representation to older adults across Louisiana, including outreach, abuse investigation, advice to clients, negotiation on behalf of clients, and representation in court and administrative proceedings.
  2. Maintains active caseload of individual and/or complex cases, as assigned.  Works diligently and zealously to provide representation in accordance with agency standards and the code of professional responsibility.
  3. Develops and maintains expertise in legal areas within areas of responsibility.
  4. Provides input in the planning, evaluation, and implementation of the legal work of the agency, particularly as it relates to his/her area of expertise.
  5. Attends or teaches as necessary to fulfill mandatory CLE requirements.
  6. Makes public speeches and presentations as assigned.
  7. Assists with in-service training activities as requested.
  8. Serves on outside committees as requested.


  1. Recent graduate of an Equal Justice Works member law school (most schools including LSU, Loyola, Tulane, and Southern are members).
  2. Member of the Louisiana Bar, have sat for the Louisiana Bar, or be prepared to sit for the Louisiana Bar.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  4. Detail-oriented and well-organized.
  5. Ability to handle multiple priorities.
  6. Some in-state travel required. Dependable automobile, valid driver’s license and current liability insurance.

Candidates with experience in public interest law and/or issues related to age or disability preferred.

Advocacy Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.  All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.  Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.  To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.  Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

To apply for this position, email cover letter and resume to svoigt@advocacyla.org.

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The Promise of Justice Initiative is seeking a Staff Attorney to work with their Prison Conditions Project team. Conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system violate the constitutional rights of many prisoners. Due to overcrowding, limited funding, and a narrow focus on retribution, prisoners in Louisiana endure unnecessarily harsh conditions in their daily lives. The Prison Conditions Project provides legal representation to their clients who endeavor to hold the state accountable for their unconstitutional conditions of confinement. PJI’s litigation projects include extreme heat conditions, medical negligence, and execution protocol litigation. Through these cases, together with PJI’s other projects, they aim to infuse Louisiana’s prison system with reason, necessary reform, and a respect for human dignity.

The Staff Attorney position will include a good deal of client interaction, and very hands-on experience (depositions, hearings, etc.) early in your tenure. The Staff Attorney will also have opportunities to work on media materials as well as to engage in policy advocacy.

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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is hiring for an attorney position in our Tacoma, WA office.  This position will provide direct legal assistance and services under the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) to individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center.

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Policy Counsel- New Orleans

Req No. 2016-1072
Job Locations US-LA-New Orleans
Category Legal
Type Regular Full-Time


The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Legal Department seeks a Policy Counsel based in our New Orleans, Louisiana office.  The ideal candidate is an outgoing, results-driven, and experienced advocate, who is passionate about advancing civil rights for society’s most vulnerable members and communities. The Policy Counsel works under the supervision of the Managing Attorney and in concert with the Deputy Legal Directors to advance SPLC’s state and local policy objectives in Louisiana via multi-strategy campaigns. The Policy Counsel works with teams of attorneys, paralegals, advocates, and members of the SPLC communications and editorial departments. The Policy Counsel liaises directly with elected and appointed officials, agencies, judges, non-profit organizations, and affected individuals and communities.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with elected and appointed government officials and their staffs  at the state and local level;
  • Identify, secure, and prepare for opportunities for SPLC to influence legislation and policy at the state and local level, including commenting on proposed legislation and rules, submitting statements and letters, preparing advocacy materials, and organizing and conducting meetings with elected and administrative officials and their staff;
  • Secure, draft, and deliver or coordinate delivery of legislative testimony at the state and local levels;
  • Conduct legal, social science, and factual research, along with qualitative and quantitative data analysis, on policies and practices related to mass incarceration, economic justice, children’s rights, the treatment of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender individuals, immigrants’ rights, and/or other social justice issues as determined by the organization;
  • Research, monitor, review, and summarize the constitutional and practical impact of state and local legislation that will affect one or more of the SPLC’s primary issue areas;
  • Identify problematic language in proposed legislation and develop strategies to defeat or advance legislation that impacts SPLC’s primary issue areas;
  • Draft model legislation affirmatively advancing SPLC’s policy goals; identify and recruit sponsors; and develop and implement strategies to advance passage of affirmative legislation.;
  • Assume a leading and strategic role in coalition campaigns on advocacy issues consistent with SPLC’s priorities;
  • Develop or work in partnership with coalitions representing diverse groups of stakeholders;
  • Represent the SPLC’s interests and cultivate relationships with partners to advance reform and promote sustainable, data-driven, research-based policies in the above areas;
  • In collaboration with the Managing Attorney and the Deputy Legal Directors, serve as the liaison between SPLC and its contract lobbyists. Identify and recruit potential lobbyists, facilitate meetings, monitor performance, assess results, and recommend whether to continue contracts;
  • Work collaboratively with SPLC’s attorneys, advocates, and communications and design staff to write, publish, and widely disseminate policy briefs, fact sheets, talking points, reports, and other documents that will educate legislators, agency officials, stakeholders, and the general public about the need for policy changes to address issues and propose solid recommendations for change;
  • Other duties as requested by the CEO, Legal Director, Deputy Legal Directors, Managing Attorney, or other senior management.


Education and Related Work Experience:

  • J.D.
  • At least 5 years of legal advocacy experience developing, managing, and implementing policy campaigns, with a strong preference for experience with the Louisiana state legislature.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to review legality of proposed legislation and to analyze and articulate legal concepts and communicate them to a variety of audiences;
  • Familiarity with the legislative process and political strategic planning;
  • Familiarity with an expansive toolbox of strategies to move decision-makers;
  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Strong organizational skills, follow-through, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to develop new policy campaigns and legal initiatives;
  • Ability to work on several campaigns at once;
  • Articulate public advocate; strong communication and writing skills;
  • Ability to develop thoughtful, multi-faceted action plans to approach difficult and complicated policy questions, integrating statistical analysis, research, and other strategies to develop a thorough understanding of the issues and build realistic solutions;
  • Ability to conduct data analysis and help develop campaign messaging;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in large coalitions and with diverse staff, activists and legislators;
  • Capacity to work in an environment that encourages and includes individuals from diverse backgrounds and conflict-resolution styles;
  •  Enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor; and
  • Commitment to and a passion for social justice.
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Senior Supervising Attorney- Mass Incarceration

Req No. 2016-1069
Job Locations US-LA-New Orleans
Category Legal
Type Regular Full-Time


The Senior Supervising Attorney will develop and litigate individual and class action cases raising constitutional and statutory claims in Louisiana and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels. S/he will engage in litigation and public advocacy related to civil rights issues, particularly relating to adult and juvenile justice reform. S/he will also supervise staff attorneys and/or other legal staff.

This position is specifically envisioned to focus on advancing criminal justice reform in Louisiana. This may include, but will not be limited to: improving access to indigent defense; advancing sentencing reform; addressing unconstitutional conditions in Louisiana’s juvenile, adult, and immigrant detention facilities; and other issues relating to over-policing, the denial of due process in the criminal justice system, racial disparities, and/or collateral consequences of justice system involvement. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in Louisiana, and/or the needs of the organization.


• Develop new cases and campaigns and lead litigation and public advocacy under supervision of the Deputy Legal Director;
• Supervise and manage the legal work of Senior Staff Attorneys, Staff Attorneys, Law Fellows, and/or other legal staff;
• Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director and the Policy Counsel and to identify and support the advancement of state and local policy priorities and testify to legislative bodies upon request;
• Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director and the Communications Department to develop communication strategies around cases and campaigns; serve as spokesperson upon request.
• Supervise outreach activities related to cases and campaigns;
• Communicate regularly with SPLC staff across the southern region about cases, campaigns, and strategies;
• Represent SPLC in various fora, including before community groups, legislatures, and state agencies, and the press; and,
• Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.


Education and Related Work Experience:
• Juris Doctorate Degree;
• At least 7 years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience;
• At least 2 years of managerial experience of legal staff to include hiring, training, performance evaluation, mentoring, etc;
• Served as lead counsel on two or more major civil cases;
• Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining an innovative and positive working culture;
• Excellent research and writing skills;
• Admission to the Louisiana Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

• Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
• Initiative, vision, and a proven commitment to the struggle for social justice;
• Leadership skills and experience, including leading large-scale litigation;
• Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment;
• Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
• Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player;
• Spanish language ability preferred but not required.

To Apply:

Please submit you resume, cover letter,  a 5 page writing sample and a copy of your law school transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable).

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

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Managing Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform (Florida)

Req No. 2016-1078
Job Locations US-FL-Miami
Category Legal
Type Regular Full-Time


The Managing Attorney will lead SPLC’s efforts to advance criminal justice reform in Florida and will be responsible for administrative, management, and leadership of our two offices in Miami and Tallahassee. The position can be located in either city. The Florida staff of fifteen includes attorneys, policy counsel, paralegals, community advocates, and administrative staff.

The mission of our Criminal Justice Reform practice group is to reduce the number of incarcerated youth and adults and to ensure their safety and dignity. Our current priorities are: (1) ending unfair and harsh sentencing laws and practices; (2) ending laws and policies that push youth into prisons; and (3) ending the detention and criminalization of immigrants. We use a variety of strategies in our work, including litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, strategic communications, and community education and mobilization. For information about our past and current work in criminal justice reform, please visit our website at: https://www.splcenter.org/issues/mass-incarceration.


• Developing new CJR cases and campaigns and leading litigation and public policy advocacy under the supervision of a Deputy Legal Director;
• Supervising and managing the legal work of Senior Staff Attorneys, Staff Attorneys, Law Fellows, Paralegals, and/or other legal staff;
• Collaborating with the Deputy Legal Director and the Policy Counsel to identify and support the advancement of CJR state and local policy priorities and testifying to legislative bodies upon request;
• Collaborating with the Deputy Legal Director and the SPLC Communications team to develop communication strategies and serving as media spokesperson upon request;
• Representing SPLC before community groups, legislatures, state agencies, and the media;
• Collaborating and communicating regularly with other SPLC departments;
• Representing the Florida offices on the Legal Leadership Team; and
• Managing the regional office operations budget.


• A law degree and at least 8 years of federal court litigation or comparable legal experience;
• At least 5 years of proven managerial experience of legal staff, include hiring, training, performance evaluation, corrective action, and mentoring;
• Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining a positive and collaborative work culture;
• Excellent analytical, writing, and public speaking skills;
• Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
• Initiative, vision, and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice;
• Ability to work collaboratively with community stakeholders, families, youth, elected officials, and other advocacy organizations; and
• Admission to the Bar of Florida or the willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam.

The position provides a very competitive salary and excellent benefits, including a generous 401 (k) plan. To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

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