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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Internship Opportunities with the Louisiana State Bar Association High School Program- Calling all Law Students!

Please review this flyer for more information on an internship opportunity with the Louisiana State Bar Association. The internship would occur on June 11 – 29, 2018 at the Louisiana Bar Center, 601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA.

Law student volunteers will assist Suit Up students in drafting legal memos, preparing for oral arguments, accompanying students on field trips, and all other aspects of the program except individual assignments.

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Inside Out: Reflections on incarceration in Louisiana presented by Level Artist Collective.  Featuring Keith Calhoun, Glenn Ford, Ana Hernandez, Maria Hinds, Chandra McCormick, Brandan Odums, Sheila Phipps, Rontherin Ratliff, John Isiah Walton, and Carl Joe Williams.

Double Shotgun
3024-3026 St. Claude Ave.
April 14-May 6, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, April 14, 2018, 5-8 p.m.

Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday 12-5 or by appointment

Louisiana currently has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the United States (and the world), with 816 people in prison for every 100,000 residents. That’s nearly double the national average. Since the late 1970’s the number of people in prison has grown 30 times faster than the state’s population.

While New Orleans celebrates its “Tricentennial,” Inside Out seeks to recognize our incarcerated populations and provide insights into their lived experiences. Every day in the state of Louisiana thousands of people are enduring dangerous, torturous and inhumane conditions of confinement that have long lasting physical and psychological effects. Their voices are often marginalized, yet their resilience, creativity and experiences have much to contribute to the narrative of American life and history.

Much of this exhibit relates to Angola prison or LSP (Louisiana State Penitentiary), an 18,000 acre maximum security prison located on the banks of the Mississippi river in central Louisiana on land formally occupied by slave plantations. Also known as ‘The Farm’, Angola houses 6300 incarcerated men, most of whom have life sentences among whom most will die in the prison. The Department of Corrections paired with a racially biased legal system, perpetuates a legacy of slavery by disproportionately targeting black, brown and poor white people for incarceration, the majority of whom are housed in for-profit facilities. One in eighty-six adult Louisianians are incarcerated, nearly double the national average. Among black men from New Orleans, one in fourteen are behind bars; one in seven are either in prison, on parole or on probation.

Inside Out offers an opportunity to recognize people who are affected by mass incarceration,  whose lives and voices can teach us much about the American condition and ongoing histories of struggle for equitable social justice.

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John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA), a program of the Board of Regents, will be accepting applications for the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program January 1- April 30, 2018, for eligible prosecutors and public defenders across the state.

The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program in Louisiana provides for the repayment of eligible educational loans (both Federal Family Education Loan Program [FFELP] and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans) for state and federal public defenders and state prosecutors employed in Louisiana who agree to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years.

Eligible applicants who are interested in applying for the award or who would like more information are encouraged to visit the LOSFA website, http://www.osfa.la.gov. The application can be accessed under the Louisiana Award System tab beginning January 1, 2018.

For more information, contact LOSFA at 1-800-259-5626 or visit us online at www.osfa.la.gov.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is seeking candidates for two positions.

Children’s Rights – Reporting to Deputy Legal Director, Zoe Savitsky, the Senior Supervising Attorney will use every possible tool available – including litigation and legislative and public advocacy – to challenge the privatization of public education and the structural inequalities that disproportionately direct vulnerable children from the classroom and toward prison and prevent them from accessing the services they need to flourish in their communities. The ideal candidate will be an exceptionally talented impact litigator, strategist, and manager who will help build a team focused on pursuing justice on behalf of vulnerable children. More information about the role can be found here: https://nonprofitprofessionals.com/job/splc-childrights

Criminal Justice Reform – Reporting to Deputy Legal Director, Lisa Graybill, the new Senior Supervising Attorney will use every possible tool available – including litigation and legislative and public advocacy – to challenge the structural inequalities in Alabama’s criminal justice system that result in mass incarceration and the disproportionate incarceration of people of color. The ideal candidate will be an exceptionally talented impact litigator, strategist, and manager to lead a team focused on equity and constitutional compliance at every stage of the criminal justice system. More information about the role can be found here: https://nonprofitprofessionals.com/job/splc-crimjust

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Court Watch NOLA is hiring a Chapter Development Specialist to encourage the development of court monitoring programs locally, regionally and nationally.

Learn More: Courtwatch NOLA Position Description

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Sachs Law Group is seeking a second-year law student to fill a full-time paid law clerk position for Summer 2018, hopefully to continue as part-time for Fall 2018.

Sachs Law Group is a boutique immigration law firm that specializes in deportation defense and the criminal defense of noncitizens. Applicants must have strong writing and analytical skills, the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and some prior immigration and/or criminal law practical or academic experience. Foreign-language fluency is a strong plus but not a prerequisite. The law clerk will work on various applications for relief from removal and affirmative applications, including cancellation and withholding of removal, asylum, U-visas, naturalization, and family-based petitions.Law clerk duties include conducting research on discrete legal issues at the nexus of criminal and immigration law, writing motions and briefs to the Immigration Court, BIA, and as part of federal litigation, as well as assisting with direct client services.

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The Miami Law Human Rights Law Clinic seeks applicants for a full-time Lecturer/Practitioner-in Residence & Program Manager to begin in Summer 2018. For more information about the position, visit:  https://umiami.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UMFaculty/job/Coral-Gables-Campus/Lecturer—Practitioner-in-Residence-Program-Manager_R100022539

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by April 15, 2018.

Please contact hrc@law.miami.edu with any questions.

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The LSBA Access to Justice Department is accepting applications for the LIFT Incubator Project at the Southwest Louisiana Law Center (Law Center).

Legal Innovators for Tomorrow (LIFT) is a legal incubator program designed to address the legal needs of the underserved and underrepresented by supporting new lawyers build viable and sustainable public interest-focused solo law firms. Through a collaborative project with the Southwest Louisiana Law Center (“Law Center”), LIFT Fellows are working to help address the unmet civil legal needs of low and moderate income families in the Lake Charles area.

The LIFT Incubator Project at the Law Center is for new or transitioning attorneys starting their own solo law practice. During the 18-month program, incubator attorneys receive office space, supplies, and resources. The attorneys also receive training and mentorship as they work alongside experienced Law Center legal practitioners. In exchange for the training and incubation of their practice, attorneys agree to provide pro bono representation in cases referred by the Law Center.

This program is ideal for the entrepreneurial lawyer seeking to establish his or own practice living in the Lake Charles area. Louisiana licensed attorneys with 0-5 years practice experience who plan to develop or have begun to develop a sustainable solo law practice that provides cost-effective legal solutions to low and moderate income families are encouraged to apply.

The program is looking for two attorneys. The application process deadline is April 16, 2018. Click here to download the application. Please send your completed applications in one pdf file to Amy Duncan at amy.duncan@lsba.org.

To learn more about the program, go to www.lsba.org/LIFT.

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