Legal Services of Central Louisiana

(A Division of Acadiana Legal Service Corporation)


Staff Attorney –Child In Need of Care Unit at ACADIANA LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION, a non-profit public service firm, is accepting applications for a Louisiana licensed, full time Staff Attorney representing children in abuse, neglect, and abandonment cases.  The successful candidate will be assigned to the Alexandria, Louisiana Office.  Legal experience in child welfare law is preferred but not required.  This position offers a competitive salary, depending on experience and great fringe benefits. Extensive local travel is required.   An outside practice of law is prohibited by federal law. AA/EEOEmployer.  E-mail resumes to no later than June 10, 2016.




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The Ignatian Solidarity Network and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States are inviting graduates of Jesuit law schools to sign a letter (linked here) addressed to the leadership of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in support of S. 2123. This letter is open to all graduates of U.S. Jesuit law schools.

The experience at a Jesuit law school is grounded in a centuries-old tradition of values-based education. This Jesuit mission is well known for its emphasis on the development of the whole person and concern for social justice.

Unfortunately, many elements of our criminal justice system provide inadequate justice and in some cases perpetuate injustice. Too many people receive disproportionate sentences as a result of mandatory minimums sentencing laws. Care for victims often ends once a trial does. Countless individuals return from jail and prison inadequately prepared to re-enter society. Our reliance on the justice system to solve issues related to drug addiction, poverty, mental illness and joblessness leaves us worse off as a country.

They are hopeful that this letter can share a meaningful value-based message to Congressional leaders.

The plan is to send the letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid and Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in early June with upwards of 500 signatures.


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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. Their 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.

Where there is interest, the Staff Attorney may be able to work on some criminal cases as well.

PJI is seeking a candidate with experience in civil litigation (including conducting investigations and discovery, and experience working with experts) and, ideally, working on federal civil rights cases. An ideal applicant would have a law degree, be eligible for admission to the Louisiana Bar, and have 2-3 years of work experience. An ideal applicant will also be dedicated to client advocacy, team building, and professional development. The applicant should be a strong writer with attention to detail. Federal clerkship experience is a plus.

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The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law seeks a 2/3 time Assistant Director to help lead its growing program. JD required, based in Boston.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is seeking applications for a senior supervising attorney.

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.

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Tulane Law School is currently accepting applications for the positions of Civil Litigation Clinic Instructor and Director of Experiential Learning. For more information on both positions, please follow the links below:

Civil Litigation Clinic Instructor:

Director of Experiential Learning:

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The Advocacy Center is currently seeking candidates for a Client Advocate position in their Baton Rouge office.  Interested candidates can email both a cover letter and resume to or fax to (504) 383-8793.  The Advocacy Center is accepting resumes through Friday, May 13, 2016.


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Acadiana Legal Services Corporation seeks candidates for one full-time staff attorney position and one contract staff attorney position.

One Full-Time Staff Attorney position is available in the Lake Charles Office for the Family Law Unit.  Successful applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school and admitted to practice in the State of Louisiana with at least 1-3 years of experience in Family Law.  One Contract Staff Attorney position is available for the Child in Need of Care Unit.  The successful applicant would represent children in abuse, neglect, and abandonment cases.  Legal experience in child welfare law is preferred but not required.  Extensive local travel may be required.

To apply, please send a resume and a list of three references to Ms. Sharon Jones at


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Harvard Law School’s Child Advocacy Program (CAP) is hiring an Assistant Director (AD). The AD will work closely with CAP Faculty Director, Professor Elizabeth Bartholet, to help implement and develop the CAP educational and law reform programs.

Assistant Director, Child Advocacy Program

Duties & Responsibilities

The Child Advocacy Program (CAP) is committed to advancing children’s interests through facilitating productive interaction between academia and the world of policy, and through training students to contribute to law reform and social change. The Assistant Director works closely with CAP Faculty Director, Professor Elizabeth Bartholet, helping to implement and develop the CAP educational and law reform programs. Oversees administrative and financial operations for CAP, including in connection with conferences and workshops, the CAP website, career advising and other student support, fundraising and grant management, and new initiatives. Assists the Faculty Director with two of CAP’s most important courses, the CAP Clinic and The Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education & Juvenile Justice. Assistance would involve, e.g.: (1) For the CAP Clinic, helping develop and administer Clinic placements, and structure class discussions (for description of the CAP Clinic see; (2) For The Art of Social Change, helping plan and administer this complex course involving guest lecturers active in policy reform. Builds partnerships with local and national child advocacy organizations. Supervises program associate. There will be significant potential for growth in responsibilities with this position over time, based on the skills, experience, and interests of the selected candidate.

Basic Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree and a J.D. are required. A minimum of 3 years of related work experience is required.

Additional Qualifications: Demonstrated commitment to child and youth rights, and to law reform and social change. Strong interest in teaching and mentoring students. Organizational and administrative skills are essential. Proficiency with technology important to help CAP maintain and develop its website and also to take full advantage of modern tools for outreach and advocacy. People skills are key.

Additional Information

This is a 2 year term appointment with potential to renew.

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

Please include a cover letter and references when applying

To apply, please use the following link:


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The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center is now accepting nominations for the Gillis Long Public Service Awards. Nominees may be students, law faculty, staff, or alumni that demonstrate a commitment to serve underprivileged members in our community. We will honor recipients at a ceremony on April 28, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in LS308.

Please send the nominee’s name and the reason for your nomination to Christina Luwisch at by April 11, 2016.

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