Staff Attorney

The Pro Bono Project – New Orleans, LA

Management of Pro Bono Medical Legal Partnership Project in partnership with other community agencies. Attorney will have primary responsibility for coordination of legal services at onsite clinics, and assessment, support, referral, assignment, and resolution of issues/cases for eligible clients referred to PBP. Additional duties will include recruitment, training, and assignments of claims to volunteer attorneys and for support and review of assignments. Attorney will serve as liaison to panels of volunteer attorneys and also will have primary responsibility for required reporting. Experience working at non-profit or public interest organization a plus.

Requirements: Licensed LA attorney, 2-3 years experience, preference for Spanish fluency/proficiency, background in public benefits and/or consumer law, and experience working at non-profit. Salary and benefits comparable to public interest non-profit organizations.

Please send resume and cover letter/email to : Linton Carney , Chief Legal Officer or Rachel Piercey , Executive Director by email or via mail at 615 Baronne Street, Suite 203, New Orleans, LA 70113 or via fax at 504.566.0518.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

Attorney: 2 years

Required license or certification:


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SPLC’s New Orleans office is dedicated to (1) advocating on behalf of vulnerable children in the Deep South to ensure that they have equal opportunities to reach their full potential; and (2) reducing the number of incarcerated youth and adults, reforming the juvenile and criminal justice systems so they operate fairly and equitably, and ensuring the dignity and humanity of youth and adults involved with these systems. Our New Orleans office has a particular emphasis on ensuring equal access to public education, stopping the school-to-prison pipeline, and combatting the criminalization of children. We utilize litigation, public education, public policy, and legislative strategies to positively impact these systems. For more information, visit our website at 

The interns assist the Center’s attorneys and other staff with legal and public policy research, writing, field/facility investigations, discovery, and case preparation.

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law.

Interns receive $700.00 per week. Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin sometime in early June 2016. A minimum commitment of ten weeks is required.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, a writing sample (no longer than 15 pages), and the names and phone numbers of three references by October 30, 2015, to our career portal here . The office expects to select interns by early December 2015. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone.

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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New Orleans Bar Association is seeking a bright and enthusiastic Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) Coordinator.  Our ideal candidate is a self-starter, who is enrolled in law school part-time or has interest in the legal field and enjoys working with the public.  The position requires the administration and management of support functions for the Lawyer Referral Service and includes initial client interviewing, referring clients to the appropriate attorney or organization, and follow-up inquiries.  The LRS Coordinator is responsible for registration and record maintenance, quarterly reports and collection of fees from all panel members.

Other duties include, but are not limited to:

  • LRS online and website functions
  • Weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports for the Executive Director
  • Communicating about the service to the public and lawyers
  • Soliciting, scheduling and training of pro bono law clerks in client interviewing procedures
  • Handling other assigned tasks as needed

Please email a cover letter, resume and three references with the subject line reading, LRS Coordinator,  to Helena N. Henderson at  No calls please.


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The deadline to apply for LRAP is this Friday, September 18. If you have any questions, contact Christina Luwisch at 504-861-5762. Apply here!!!

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Background: The Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) was established in 2006 to provide disaster legal assistance and connect displaced residents with critical legal services. Over the years, LCJC’s mission has expanded to provide legal services to low-income, disaster-affected and other vulnerable populations across Louisiana. Through a toll-free statewide hotline, court-based help desks and legal clinics staffed by Intake Specialists and Staff Attorneys, LCJC is the first line of communication for thousands of residents facing critical legal issues. Through these services, LCJC effectively assists more than 10,000 individuals a year resolve legal problems that affect their basic quality of life such as the maintenance of housing and income, the stability of a family, or the health and well-being of their children.

Position: LCJC seeks one part-time Staff Attorney to work in our New Orleans office and court-based Help Desks in Orleans and Jefferson Parish. The Staff Attorney will focus primarily on evaluating and assisting individuals who are seeking legal assistance on a variety of civil legal issues through our telephone hotline and at our court-based help desks. In addition, the Staff Attorney will provide limited assistance to community members through occasional community clinics and programs. This is a non-litigation position. In order to help the greatest number in need resolve their legal issues, LCJC provides limited legal advice and brief legal services only, and does not represent clients.

Responsibilities: Callers seeking legal assistance through the hotline and at each help desk are registered by Intake Specialists who determine eligibility for services, gather basic case facts, and obtain documents related to the legal problem. The Staff Attorney is responsible for supervising non-attorney intake staff and for providing more extensive evaluation of the caller or visitor’s situation, including reviewing and analyzing pertinent documents to determine what the best legal options are. The Staff Attorney will discuss these options, assist with the completion of forms and pleadings, draft pleadings, produce necessary correspondence and provide referrals. The Staff Attorney will also help coordinate community legal clinics, and is responsible for managing the scheduling of appointments and consultations with callers and community members as needed. Under the supervision of the Supervising Staff Attorney and Operations Manager, the Staff Attorney will offer a range of advice, counseling, or brief services to assist callers and community members in resolving their legal issues. Clients who would most benefit from representation in court will be referred to outside legal services.

Qualifications: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Louisiana, have a notary license, and be interested in working with low-income, elderly and other vulnerable populations in a fast-paced environment. Applicants must have excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure. Computer proficiency is required, including familiarity with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and legal research tools, and a willingness to learn new programs including case management systems.

Compensation: The position is part-time (approximately 15-25 hours/week) and will be compensated on an hourly basis commensurate with legal aid services and attorney experience.


To Apply: Send cover letter and resume by October 1, 2015 to: Please type “Staff Attorney Position” in the email subject line. The position will remain open until filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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Advocacy Center is currently hiring for two staff attorney positions.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund is hiring legal interns for summer 2016! Internships are available in our Litigation & Criminal Justice Programs. Please find the description on the webpages below and share with your students.

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The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is seeking an experienced attorney to lead our campaign to end juvenile life without parole sentences in Louisiana.

The Special Counsel will develop a comprehensive advocacy strategy to protect and expand the rights of people facing juvenile life without parole sentences in Louisiana.  The Special Counsel will implement that strategy through targeted legal issue litigation; provision of case consultation, training, and practice resources for public defenders across Louisiana who are appointed in cases implicating juvenile life without parole; coordinating pro bono counsel for inmates seeking relief under the Miller v. Alabama decision; and coalition-building and stakeholder education for law change to eliminate the possibility of life without parole sentences for children.

This is an opportunity for a highly-skilled lawyer to play a leadership role in justice reform through both litigation and policy reform advocacy.  Strong candidates will have excellent strategic judgment; exceptional litigation, planning, and project-management skills; deep substantive knowledge of relevant jurisprudence and social science; a demonstrated commitment to justice reform and the defense of children; and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

A complete job posting is attached, and is also available here:

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Entry-Level Staff Attorney The Orleans Public Defenders Office (OPD) is seeking entry- level Staff Attorneys for Fall 2016.

Job Summary: The primary role of the Staff Attorney is to zealously represent the client in criminal proceedings, including arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation, plea negotiations, and trial and sentencing. In addition, the Staff Attorney (to the extent possible) is expected to maintain a continuing duty to the client. The Staff Attorney counsels and renders or assists in securing appropriate legal services for the client in matters arising from the original criminal proceedings and maintains contact to ensure the protection of the client’s rights so long as the client remains under court jurisdiction. The Staff Attorney is responsible for the investigation and preparation of assigned cases. The Staff Attorney assists OPD leadership and other staff, as directed, and complies with all legal standards and requirements.

Qualifications: Candidates must be third year law students or recent law school graduates. Additionally, candidates will have demonstrated interest in working with individuals charged with criminal offenses from diverse cultural backgrounds and will have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Demonstrated skill in legal research and writing as well as knowledge of and commitment to the national standards of criminal defense are essential.

To Apply: Qualified and interested applicants must submit all of the following to be considered for this position: cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, writing sample, references and law school transcript. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All materials should be e-mailed to Chasity Barksdale at The application closing date is November 6, 2015. No phone calls.

This is a full time position with competitive salary and benefits. OPD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.


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The Policy Institute is seeking a highly-motivated individual with excellent communication skills to serve as a Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst will work closely with the Executive Director to conduct research and writing to support the development, implementation and monitoring of policy proposals; manage communications for the organization and its campaigns; ensure timely and accurate reporting on grants; and support educational and outreach activities around the Policy Institute’s early care and education policy proposals.


1. Research and Writing (35%)

  • Conduct primary and secondary research and analysis on the effectiveness and impact of implementation of early childhood care and education policies in Louisiana.
  • Gather, generate, message, and utilize national and Louisiana-specific early childhood data and national best practice research to inform policy proposals and advocacy campaigns.
  • Research state and federal policy, regulations and statutes related to early care and education.
  • Assist the Executive Director and contractors in the preparation, design and dissemination of reports and policy proposals.
  • Research and analyze advocacy agendas and strategies to expand, enhance and reform early childhood care and education programs and services at the state level, including increasing funding for programs and services, incorporating best practices based on research into existing and new programs, and initiating new programs and services.
  • Conceptualize and draft strategic documents such as policy analyses, testimony, speeches, articles, newsletters and reports for a variety of audiences.

2. Communications and Outreach (35%)

  • Manage the Policy Institute’s online presence, regularly updating content and distribution lists/channels to expand the reach of its website, Facebook page, electronic newsletter and other social media.
  • Assist the Executive Director in coordinating and implementing events and outreach campaigns in support of Policy Institute objectives.
  • Represent the Policy Institute to external constituents on behalf of the Executive Director as needed.

3. Grants Management (20%)

  • Monitor progress and support the Executive Director in the timely achievement of key benchmarks and milestones for all active grants.
  • Manage and ensure timely and accurate reporting on all Policy Institute grants.
  • Write grant proposals, reports and funder updates as needed.

4. Other Duties as assigned (10%)

  • Complete tasks requested by the Executive Director to support the effective and efficient operation of the Policy Institute in fulfilling its mission.


  • Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree in field related to social work, early childhood, public health, education or public policy preferred.
  • 2-4 years professional experience in education, public health, media or public policy.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to Baton Rouge and across the state
  • Excellent policy research skills
  • Excellent communication skills orally and in writing.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Constant Contact, Wix, Survey Monkey, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Highly self-motivated, problem-solver with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Flexible, responsive, persistent and positive.
  • Available during evenings and weekends as needed.

Resume Cover Letter, and List of three professional references to:

Deadline: Nov. 2, 2015.


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