The Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work with and for currently and formerly incarcerated people to mitigate the collateral consequences of the criminal justice system. The Staff Attorney will represent clients, provide advice for pro se litigants, manage pro bono attorneys, and coordinate with other service providers and government agencies to address the civil legal needs of those re-entering our communities after incarceration. This position will focus primarily on implementing the legal services components of Community Incentive Grants in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, resulting from the Justice Reinvestment Act (JRI) reforms passed during the 2017 Louisiana legislative session. Areas of practice and referral include, but are not limited to, expungements, family law/child support modifications/paternity suits, consumer/collections, tax liabilities, municipal/traffic attachments, public benefits, and driver’s license reinstatements.

The Organization: The Justice & Accountability Center (JAC) of Louisiana tackles deficiencies in the post-conviction phase of the criminal justice system while creating a supportive, collaborative space for attorneys and advocates. Our theory of change is to support communities by providing legal services, advocacy, technical support, and data to reduce mass incarceration and recidivism. We are an extremely small, statewide non-profit that relies heavily on pro bono attorneys and occasionally on contract attorneys in order to accomplish our mission.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Conduct general civil legal intake with currently and formerly incarcerated people at the Plaquemines Detention Center, Angola, legal clinics, community locations, and partner agencies;
  • Spot civil legal issues and directly represent clients, refer to partner agencies, coordinate with contract attorneys, and/or recruit pro bono attorneys for client representation;
  • Monitor referral and pro bono case progress to ensure client needs are met;
  • Engage in thorough and timely case and file management;
  • Coordinate with data management systems of partner agencies;
  • Gather and analyze data for sharing with partners, the public, volunteers, donors, and foundations as ethically permitted under law;
  • Create and present pro-se and “Know Your Rights” materials relative to re-entry and civil legal services;
  • Staff and coordinate expungement workshops and re-entry clinics;
  • Coordinate, staff, and/or teach Continuing Legal Education courses;
  • Perform legal research;
  • Conduct outreach in person, through social media, and by collaborating with partner agencies and organizations; and
  • Attend and thoughtfully participate in task force, coalition, and committee meetings with an eye toward systemic solutions.

Education & Experience:

  • J.D. and active Louisiana bar license required;
  • At least two years of experience at a public defender’s office or in civil legal aid is required (one year as a 3L law clinic student may be substituted);
  • Experience with Louisiana expungement law strongly preferred;
  • At least two years experience in family law, consumer law, or another civil practice area relevant to formerly incarcerated individuals preferred;
  • 3+ years of practice is preferred; and
  • Experience working with volunteers or pro bono attorneys preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Flexible, organized, and creative;
  • Proven collaboration and coordination skills;
  • History of employing extreme accuracy and attention to detail in all work;
  • Administrative and event-planning skills;
  • Proven database management of case notes and client communications;
  • Self-awareness;
  • Self-directed, with an ability to independently identify next steps and follow through on them;
  • Supervisory skills, particularly with volunteers and students of varied skill levels;
  • Commitment to racial equity, social justice, and decarceration;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with courts, attorneys, clients, donors, media, government agencies, and the general public;
  • Working knowledge of all major social media platforms;
  • Analytical skills including the ability to see the system and the infrastructure while also realizing the tasks and activities required to reach larger goals;
  • Experience identifying legal problems that lend themselves to policy advocacy, legislative change, and/or impact/class litigation; and
  • Ability to respond quickly to the changing needs of a developing organization working on multiple pilot projects.

Additional Considerations:

  • This is a full-time, exempt, professional position with a salary range of $50,000 to $60,000, DOE. Benefits are 100% paid.
  • The Staff Attorney may be called upon to work hours in excess of 40 hours in a workweek, including the potential for evening and weekend work. JAC encourages work-life balance and utilizes a comp time model.
  • Travel – particularly throughout Southeast Louisiana and occasionally overnight – will be necessary. An independent form of reliable transportation is required.
  • This position is currently grant funded for one year, with a strong possibility for renewal.
  • JAC is an extremely small non-profit, which requires consistent dedication to mission, the ability to say no, and the willingness to stretch beyond comfort zones in order to move toward mission and goals.

Application Process:

Please email your cover letter, resume, 2 writing samples fully of your own creation, 3 references with contact information (we will not call without permission), and law school transcript if you obtained your J.D. within the past 5 years to info@jaclouisiana.org. Please state where you learned of this position. Please respond by January 31, 2019. Applications will immediately be considered on a rolling basis. Targeted start date is March 1, 2019. No phone calls. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

JAC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization
2019 Paid Summer Fellowships at Yale Law School

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) invites applications for its 2019 Summer Fellowship program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. LSO is the main organization at Yale Law School providing legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private attorneys.  During the academic year, law students work closely with clinical faculty members to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and non-litigation matters, helping to fill a critical need in legal services delivery for poor and marginalized communities in Connecticut.  LSO seeks to hire 20-25 Summer Fellows to work with clinical faculty in order to continue this client representation. These are paid positions, with a salary of $7,080 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($14.75/hour). The Fellowship will run from May 21 to August 16, 2019, with some flexibility as to start and end dates.  Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible.

Summer Fellows can expect to have a range of challenging and rewarding lawyering experiences during the course of their time at LSO, including client interviewing and counseling; factual development of cases; researching and writing legal memoranda; drafting of contracts and other legal instruments; interacting with opposing counsel, government actors, and community stakeholders; and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.  In several of our clinics, students will make court appearances to argue motions or present evidence.  Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work.  In addition, faculty members will host a weekly series of presentations and discussions for the Fellows on the work of the clinics, public interest lawyering, and other topics of interest.

LSO clinics perform a wide range of exciting work, including litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, transactional work on behalf of community organizations, and policy and legislative advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.  For 2019, LSO seeks Summer Fellows for the following clinics:

*   Advanced Sentencing Clinic
*   Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic
*   Ludwig Community and Economic Development Clinic
*   Criminal Justice Clinic
*   Housing Clinic
*   Veterans Legal Services Clinic
*   Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic

For more information on the work of each of these clinics, please visit www.law.yale.edu/lso.

Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their LSO application to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise LSO of their situation and to request expedited review of their candidacy.

Interested students should email a cover letter specifying the clinic(s) in which you have an interest, a resume, writing sample, transcript, and contact information for two references to lso.fellowships@yale.edu. (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is February 8, 2019.  Early applications are encouraged.

Yale Law School is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX employer

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There is a job opening at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana (CPCPL).  Interested applicants should apply as indicated in the attached position announcements, one for Senior Staff Attorney, the preferred category, and one for Staff Attorney, with less experience.

CPCPL is a non-profit law office, established to represent indigent death-sentenced men and women in Louisiana.  The Director is Gary P. Clements and Matilde J. Carbia is Deputy Director.  CPCPL teams provide direct representation, pursuing collateral relief in capital cases in state and federal post-conviction.  In addition, the office is responsible for securing counsel for all death-sentenced indigent persons in post-conviction in Louisiana, and for providing assistance to law firms who are currently representing capital post-conviction clients pro bono.

Job Description Senior Staff Attorney (00046689-6xA1360)

Job Description Staff Attorney (00047049-3xA1360)

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LIFT Legal Incubator Program in Baton Rouge accepting applications until January 18

Are you interested in starting your own solo practice, but not sure if you are ready? What if there was a program that would provide you with the training, mentorship, free resources, and financial support you need to develop a sustainable law firm while you hone your practice and business skills? If you answered yes to the first question, then the LSBA’s newest legal incubator program might be just for you.

Legal Innovators for Tomorrow (LIFT) is an incubator program that helps new attorneys build viable and sustainable solo law firms that serve unmet legal needs. LIFT has partnered with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Southern University Law Center, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and the American Bar Association’s Center for Innovation to offer two attorneys the opportunity to build solo law firms that will increase legal representation for disaster survivors in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, and Point Coupee.

Attorneys in the project will learn how to handle successions, heirship property, clear title, and other property-related matters that affect disaster victims. The participants will gain hands-on legal experience through pro bono work, and receive mentorship, free resources, and a $10,000 stipend during the 18 month program beginning in February 2019.

Application Process

Louisiana licensed attorneys with fewer than six years practice experience who plan to develop or have begun to develop a law practice and are committed to increasing legal representation for community members impacted by disaster are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019. Please send your completed applications in ONE pdf file to amy.duncan@lsba.org. If you have questions, call Amy Duncan at (504) 619-0148.

For those interested in learning more about the program, please join us for a brief webinar on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Noon CST. The webinar will provide an overview of the program, the application process, as well as firsthand accounts of current and former LIFT Fellows’ experience in the program. Register here for the webinar.

Click here to learn more about the LIFT program.

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James Forman, Jr., Professor of Law at Yale University, will present at the Georges Auditorium at Dillard University on Thursday, November 29, 2018. The lecture begins at 7:00 pm, followed by a book signing.

He plans to discuss his book, Locking Up Our Own.

More information can be found here.

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Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a non-profit law firm serving the 22 parishes east of the Atchafalaya basin. We have offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma and New Orleans. We provide free civil legal aid to low-income households.

SLLS anticipates hiring for the following positions:

  • 2 Staff Attorneys to work on Domestic Violence cases in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes. 

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in written and oral communication, client counseling, advocacy, and social service referrals.
  • Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self­motivation, capacity to work well with others.

Full-time staff attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana. An offer of employment may also be made contingent on passage of the February 2019 bar exam. SLLS does not permit the outside practice of law. Starting salary for a full time staff attorney is $42,000-$52,800 depending on experience. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

  • 1 Support Staff Position in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes.

Starting salary for a full time support staff member is $23,200-27,800 depending on experience.  Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism are a plus that receives extra compensation. Support staff may also receive additional compensation if they are commissioned as a notary public or if they have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree from an accredited college.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Roxanne Newman, Deputy Director at rnewman@slls.org by October 26, 2018.

 

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The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is looking for an attorney with 1-6 years of experience to join its team, working to end homelessness in Maryland. Below is the announcement.

http://www.hprplaw.org/who_we_are/employment/housing_attorney_baltimore_office

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The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) invites applications for the position of Legal Director. The Legal Director is a member of the NYCLU’s senior leadership team and provides vision and direction for the NYCLU’s legal program. The Legal Director is responsible for overall management of the legal department and its docket, staff, and network of cooperating attorneys. The ideal candidate will be a skilled and innovative constitutional rights litigator, a superior manager, and an inspiring leader. Strong writing and editing skills are essential. Candidates should have the capacity to write for a popular audience and should have engaged in scholarship with a demonstrated capacity to communicate with academic communities. Litigation experience should evince an ability to develop and pursue litigation as part of an integrated advocacy strategy.

Learn More: NYCLU Legal Director Position Announcement 2018

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The Incubator Program at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2019 cohort.

The Incubator Program is a two year opportunity for recent Loyola College of Law graduates (0­-4 years) who are engaged (or seek to be engaged) in a full time, social justice oriented solo law practice in the Greater New Orleans area to receive free office space, mentorship, and other solo-practice resources.

First year participants are required to spend at least 1/4 of attorney time on cases that fall into the “justice gap.” Participants will accept pro bono referrals for individuals who are at or below 200% of the poverty line and will receive a $6,000.00 stipend to support the year of pro bono work.

Application Deadline: October 26, 2018

To learn more about the Incubator Program, please visit
http://law.loyno.edu/lawcareers/incubator-program.

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The Center for Constitutional Rights is looking for a new Advocacy Director!

The Advocacy Director will develop CCR’s campaign initiatives, both independently of and in conjunction with litigation work, challenging the intersections of structural racism, structural gender oppression (including heteropatriarchy), economic oppression, and abusive state power.

CCR has a unique advocacy approach which works to build the power of movements for social justice and human rights and defends the work of those movements by using law, policy advocacy, campaigns, research, communications, documentation, training, and alliance building. They strive to center the voices, stories, experiences and strategies of marginalized communities and their clients.

Visit CCR’s website at https://ccrjustice.org/home/get-involved/jobs/job-advocacy-director-0 to learn more about the position and to apply.

 

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