Lafayette Family Law Staff Attorney:

The staff attorney must be a LSBA licensed attorney and is expected to provide quality family law legal services to our low-income client population in a manner that is both compassionate and efficient. The attorney will handle domestic violence, uncontested adoptions, divorces, custody, and support matters that covers eight parishes. Compliance with LSC federal regulations as well as other grants is required. The attorney must be a self-starter and have a demonstrated commitment and understanding of the legal problems and needs of low income clients. He/She must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the  ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail. The successful candidate should have good people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.

The position offers a competitive salary, depending on experience, and great fringe benefits. Federal regulations also prohibit the outside private practice of law.

AA/EEO Employer. Please  e-mail resumes to jobs@la-law.org .

Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, a non-profit legal services organization, announces the following position:

Staff Attorney for Child In Need of Care Unit

Must be licensed to practice law in Louisiana.

Staff Attorneys –  The Child In Need of Care Unit (CINC) is looking for  licensed, full time Staff Attorneys to represent children in abuse, neglect, and abandonment cases.  Three positions are available in the CINC Unit in the Alexandria and Monroe office. Additional positions also are available in Natchitoches.  Legal experience in child welfare law is preferred, but not required.  Extensive local travel is required.  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. AA/EEO Employer. Please  e-mail resumes to jobs@la-law.org  immediately, specifying which office location you are applying.

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The Florida offices of the Southern Poverty Law Center are hiring in a big way! They have open positions in our Children’s Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, and Immigrant Justice practice groups.

Children’s Rights

Senior Supervising Attorney (Miami)

Advocate Outreach Paralegal (Miami)

Criminal Justice Reform

Senior Staff Attorney (Tallahassee or Miami)

Staff Attorney (Tallahassee or Miami)

Outreach Paralegal (Tallahassee or Miami)

Field Associate (Tallahassee)

Field Associate (Miami)

Immigrant Justice

Senior Staff Attorney (Miami)

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The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is hiring a Deputy General Counsel with the expectation that he or she will evolve into the General Counsel. CIW’s Fair Food Program, an innovative model of Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR), has had groundbreaking success in redressing forced labor, sexual assault, wage theft, and other violations in the Florida tomato industry. The Deputy General Counsel will provide legal support for all of CIW’s major programmatic areas and, as part of the Fair Food Program, will focus on negotiating new Fair Food Agreements with transnational food buyers, maintaining existing relationships with companies in the Program, and strategizing for the development and expansion of CIW’s operations.

Learn More: CIW Deputy General Counsel Job Description

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The Advocacy Center’s mission is to protect, empower, and advocate for the human and legal rights of people with disabilities and seniors living in Louisiana, in order that they may live an integrated life in the community, free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

We are seeking an Investigative Advocate who will be responsible for conducting investigations and reviews of people or agencies serving as Social Security representative payees for people with disabilities.

Learn More>>>

 

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OSF is recruiting a Legal Officer to be based in London or NY. The post will have a focus on migration. The closing date is July 20th.

Apply here: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/jobs/jr-0001005/legal-officer

Legal Officer

The Justice Initiative, an operational program of Open Society, uses litigation and other forms of legal advocacy to empower people, defend the rule of law, and advance human rights. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, we promote and defend accountability for international crimes, combat racial discrimination and statelessness, support criminal justice reform, challenge abuses related to national security and counterterrorism initiatives, expand access to and exercise of freedom of information and expression, and confront corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources. To our activities we bring deep and varied practice of litigation and other forms of legal advocacy, familiarity with legal and related political fora, substantive knowledge of human rights issues, and issue- and place-specific expertise and experience.

We collaborate with a community of dedicated and skillful human rights advocates across the globe, and form part of a dynamic and progressive justice movement that reflects the diversity of the world it inhabits. More information on the Justice Initiative and its activities can be found at www.justiceinitiative.org.

This post is conceived with a specific focus on migration and the work will be carried out in consultation with OSF’s International Migration Initiative (IMI) , and in support of strategic directions  agreed by the Justice Initiative  and IMI.  These directions may include issues linked with migration such as citizenship, discrimination, and policing.  This position will also involve litigation to advance OSF goals and hands-on engagement assisting NGOs with legal advocacy and governments to design and/or implement legislative and institutional reform.

Job profile

Based in New York or London, and reporting to the Head of Equality and Inclusion, the Legal Officer for Equality and Inclusion (Migration) will work with a high degree of autonomy, developing and implementing projects.

We are looking for a candidate with practical experience using a combination of international policy advocacy, law and litigation, community engagement, and strategic communications, among other tools, to extend legal protection for migrants and asylum seekers.  The team brings together a diverse group of compassionate and committed professionals with a common drive to think creatively about how to use law and legal remedies.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Advise and support IMI and other OSF programs and their partners working on migration.
  • Develop and manage strategic litigation projects jointly designed by the Justice Initiative and IMI, including strategies for litigation; draft legal applications, briefs, pleadings and other documents for submission to domestic courts and human rights courts, and review and revise documents drafted by other lawyers; liaise with domestic co-counsel, law clinics, pro bono lawyers, and other partners.
  • Undertake legal and factual research and analysis into complex issues of human rights law and procedure.
  • Design and implement advocacy plans to support strategic litigation.
  • Build relationships with civil society partners, affected communities, institutional officials, academics and OSF colleagues working on migration and linked issues.
  • Organise and conduct training for civil society, institutions and officials on relevant substantive areas, skills and good practice.
  • Contribute to strategic planning at team and organizational level, and to the implementation of specific projects, as required, including day-to-day monitoring and regular internal reporting on progress.
  • Manage successful execution of project activities in areas of responsibility, including identifying potential partners, and developing and overseeing the execution of project-related service agreements and grants in close collaboration with partners and OSF colleagues.

Candidate profile

  • Law degree, and at least seven years’ post-qualification experience, with significant experience representing clients before national and/or international tribunals
  • Experience with civil society groups and migrants/asylum seekers working for migrants’ protection and asylum rights using law, capacity-building, community organising and campaigning; practical experience of working with migrant communities highly desirable
  • Strategic thinking: ability to identify patterns of violations and develop legal strategies for challenging these.
  • Fluency in English, with strong written and oral communication skills; fluency in another major language very desirable.
  • Experience working in developing country contexts desirable.
  • Exceptional collaboration skills, including the ability to work within a complex organizational environment, to identify opportunities from working with others, to show sensitivity and respect for people working in different roles, and to empathize with different points of view.
  • Project management and strategic planning skills, including the ability to exercise effective and inclusive leadership and gather evidence and research to inform strategies, work plans, activities and internal results assessment
  • Strong analytic and organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Extensive international travel and possibility of extended periods of stay in project countries

Suitable candidates of migrant or minority background and those from communities affected by these issues are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit your CV and Cover Letter as one single PDF document. The Cover Letter should describe your experience working with refugees and migrants, and your thoughts on the role of law and lawyers in addressing migration issues, in not more than two pages.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

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In 2017, New Orleans Bulldog Rescue (NOBR) prevailed in the Supreme Court of Louisiana against the Louisiana SPCA, in a case that clarified when private entities serving public functions are subject to public records laws, and under what conditions. (http://www.lasc.org/opinions/2017/16c1809.opn.pdf) The case has far-reaching implications to other industries that may designate private parties to act as an instrumentality of a municipality (i.e. private prisons, pipeline construction, traffic cameras, etc…).

To build on this success, NOBR is now working with city leaders to establish an “Orleans Parish Animal Welfare Citizen Advisory Board.” Among other functions, this Board would be responsible for: overseeing the city’s animal control contract with the LASPCA; providing reliable statistics to the public regarding local animal population and euthanasia; maximizing resources allocated by city agencies including NOPD and Municipal Court; and advising the Mayor and City Council on local animal welfare issues. Law student volunteers are needed to help research citizen boards and animal welfare initiatives in other cities, and draft official articles for consideration by the New Orleans City Council.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample to Michael.Schachtman@lsba.org. (JD ’11)

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LOUISIANA APPLESEED
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Position: Full Time, Exempt
Reports to: Board of Directors
Supervises: Staff and Attorney volunteers
Location: New Orleans

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION:
Louisiana Appleseed is an award-winning, innovative, non-partisan 501(c)(3)
organization founded in 1997, and reconstituted in 2007, whose mission is to work for
systemic policy reforms that achieve justice and fairness for vulnerable populations in
Louisiana. We are a flourishing nonprofit with a diverse Board of Directors comprised
of 21 professionals, including members of the judiciary. To date, we have engaged over
200 volunteers to donate pro bono time to effect long-lasting, systemic change in our
state. Our goal is to advance social justice by increasing access to education,
opportunity and justice. We devise effective solutions to broad-based problems and
build meaningful community partnerships. Our professional volunteers, mostly
lawyers, use their unique skill sets to work closely with government agencies, and other
nonprofits to identify and solve our state’s most challenging issues. We often
collaborate with community partners to provide research, advocacy, and policyoriented
solutions to enhance their direct services.

POSITION DETAILS:

Job Summary:
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall operations of the
organization, from administration (information technology, reporting, metrics,
facilities) to human capital (recruiting, hiring, mentoring, career progression,
departures). The ED will lead fundraising efforts and partner closely with the Board of
Directors to ensure future growth and execute the organizations strategic plan. The ED
organizes, directs, coordinates and implements projects to accomplish policy and programmatic decisions.

The application deadline is June 19, 2018.

Learn More: LOUISIANA APPLESEED Executive Director (FINAL)

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Mitigation Investigator:

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a mitigation investigator. The mitigation investigator will work as part of a team with attorneys representing clients facing capital trials in Louisiana. He or she will investigate the circumstances of the offense; obtain and analyze anecdotal and documentary evidence relevant to the client’s life history; identify, locate and interview witnesses relevant to both the crime and the client’s life history in a culturally competent manner; furnish memos on a variety of topics including social histories and chronologies; consult with attorneys to develop penalty phase theories of the case and case strategy; organize and administer the case file; assist in the identification of and work with experts; and provide litigation support to counsel. The ideal applicant will have investigation experience and/or experience working directly with indigent populations; a driver’s license is required.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993. 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, the LCAC has 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 Linda Cortez at lcortez@thejusticecenter.org: cover letter discussing your interest in the position, CV, writing sample, undergraduate transcript if graduated within the past five years, and contact information on three references. 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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In partnership with Serve Louisiana, The Pro Bono Project is currently recruiting 2 AmeriCorps positions with its Volunteer and Community Outreach Program. Corps Members serve full time for 11 months starting September 1st. Benefits include a living allowance of $14,000, an education award of $5,920, health insurance, student loan forbearance, child care reimbursement, in-depth personal and professional development, and valuable networking opportunities. For more information and to apply, visit servelouisiana.org.

About Serve Louisiana:

As Louisiana’s longest-running AmeriCorps program, Serve Louisiana offers young leaders 11-month opportunities to work with community-based organizations to improve the health and lives of South Louisiana families and children. Through progressive, hands-on training, coaching and mentoring, we prepare people to address the real needs facing communities — poverty, mental health and wellness, education, youth development, environmental preservation — and help to effect true, long-term change.

About the Corps Member Experience:

Corps members serve 40 hours a week from September 1, 2018-July 31, 2019 with a community-based organization providing capacity-building activities such as volunteer coordination, program development, social media/technology coordination, and community outreach. Through their partner organization site and through Serve Louisiana, corps members enjoy personal and professional development opportunities, workshops, trainings and extensive networking opportunities.

Member Benefits:

Serve Louisiana members work with a single partner organization from September 1st through July 31st. Here’s what you can expect:

+ A full time workload
+ Major Medical Insurance
+ 10 personal days and 6 federal holidays off
+ In-depth personal and professional development
+ $5,920 education award upon graduation, which may be applied to student loans or additional education
+ $14,000 annual living allowance, paid twice monthly
+ Student loan forbearance
+ Child care reimbursement
+ Valuable networking opportunities

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Civil Rights Corps is recruiting for two key positions: an Operations Manager and a Supervising Attorney.  Full descriptions are posted here.

Civil Rights Corps is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system.  We work with individuals accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge mass human caging and to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom.  Civil Rights Corps engages in advocacy and public education and specializes in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation with the goal of resensitizing the legal system and our culture to the injustice and brutality that characterize the contemporary American criminal system.

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