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.

Application

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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Lift Louisiana seeks a temporary, part-time, paid Legal Research Associate to work from October 2016 through May 2017 for an average of 10-15 hours per week, excluding holidays. The Legal Research Associate will assist our team with legal advocacy research and program development. We are looking for a candidate excited to conduct research and analyze policies to advance reproductive health care access for women who are incarcerated in municipal and state institutions in Louisiana. This position is ideal for a third year law student.

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The Pro Bono Project is seeking applications for a part-time successions staff attorney.

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The office of Council Member Susan Guidry is seeking applicants for the position of Legislative Director for the District “A” Council office, which is located in City Hall.

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Professor Davida Finger Named by City Business in 2016 Class of “Women of the Year”

Professor Davida Finger will be honored by New Orleans CityBusiness in their 2016 “Women of the Year” class.  Finger works tirelessly to provide legal assistance to the underserved and she works tirelessly with new lawyers and law students to shape new lawyers.  Fifty honorees for the 2016 class of CityBusiness “Women of the Year” will be recognized at a noon November 3rd luncheon at the Hyatt Regency, when an overall Woman of the Year will be announced. A special insert spotlighting all “Women of the Year” honorees will run in the Nov. 11 issue of CityBusiness.

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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.

Qualifications

  • 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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