The Southern Poverty Law Center is seeking applications for a Senior Staff Attorney – Voting Rights (Atlanta, GA) and an Outreach Paralegal – Voting Rights (Atlanta, GA).

To learn more about these positions, please follow the links below:

Senior Staff Attorney: https://www.splcenter.org/about/careers/jobs?gh_jid=4182608002 

Outreach Paralegal: https://www.splcenter.org/about/careers/jobs?gh_jid=4183340002

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Administrative Assistant – Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Department

SUMMARY OF POSITION: Assists the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Department by providing administrative support in all phases of department projects, the operation of the Access to Justice Department and the activities of the committee’s staffed by the department members.

Learn More: Administrative Assistant Job Description 12-2018

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Louisiana Appleseed will be hosting a FREE Professionalism CLE on navigating immigration court.

Tools for Navigating Immigration Court

Whether or not you are an attorney with immigration law experience, you are invited to attend!   

During this CLE, attorneys will learn how to navigate immigration court with the use of the Appleseed Immigration Court Practice Guide.

This CLE will also assist attorneys with how to help clients overcome frequently-seen obstacles in Louisiana Immigration Courts. Also, non-immigration attorneys will learn how they can get involved in Louisiana.

When:

 Monday, February 25th 

 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where:

 Tulane University School of Law, Room 110

6329 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Speakers:

 Steven Schulman, Pro Bono Partner at Akin Gump & principal author of the Appleseed Immigration Court

Kathleen Gasparian, Gasparian Spivey Immigration

Homero López, Jr., Immigration Services and Legal Advocacy

RSVP:

Attendance and refreshments are free. Space, however, is limited, so you must RSVP to attend.

Please RSVP to Stephanie, Louisiana Appleseed’s Program Director, by clicking here.

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The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti is searching for a new Executive Director.

To learn more about this position, please view the job description: IJDH-Executive-Director-Position-Description.

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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, 2019, for eligible prosecutors and public defenders across the state.

Learn More: 2019 loan forgiveness LA prosecutors and pub defenders

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2019 Summer SIFI Bilingual Legal Intern

at Southern Poverty Law Center
Alexandria, LA; Lumpkin, GA; Ocilla, GA and Folkston, GA

Summary:

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, holistic pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States by ensuring that skilled staff, pro bono attorneys, and bilingual advocates are available to protect detained immigrants’ due process rights.

The SIFI serves detainees in five immigration detention centers in the southeast: Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA, Irwin Detention Center in Ocilla, GA, and the Folkston Detention Center in Folkston, GA. In Louisiana, the SIFI currently has an office in Alexandria, LA to serve those detained in the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, La, and Pine Prairie Detention Center in Pine Prairie, LA.

SIFI’s offices are managed by on-the-ground staff who, in conjunction with volunteers, provide detention center-based interviews, represent those in detention during bond proceedings and merits cases, and prepare parole requests. Through the SIFI’s efforts to release immigrants from detention and larger advocacy efforts, the SPLC aims to provide direct services representation and high impact legal advocacy to protect the due process rights of detained immigrants and disrupt the immigration detention system. To learn more, visit our webpage here.

This is a Legal position.Only students who are still in law school will be considered.

Position Summary: 

Bilingual (English-Spanish) Legal Externs will join a team of civil rights advocates at a SIFI office. Externs will be thoroughly trained in individualized direct services representation through casework focused on bond motions and hearings, parole requests, and merits proceedings (i.e. asylum, cancellation of removal, U visa). Externs will also participate in and/or conduct intakes and client meetings within the detention center, work with pro bono attorneys, observe immigration court proceedings, assist with communications to clients’ family members, collect documents in support of filings, and will support all aspects of the SPLC’s broader advocacy efforts to end immigration detention.

Currently, all SIFI offices are accepting applications. If you have a preference of where you would like to work, either based on geography or a desire to work with immigrants in a specific detention center, let us know. We will be accepting applications for all terms.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Support legal filings including bond motions, parole requests and filings for merits cases;
  • Make appearances before the Immigration Courts to support bond and merits hearings, and other related proceedings, if applicable;
  • Lead Immigration Court watching programming, if applicable;
  • Support the SIFI staff’s provision of legal services in conjunction with volunteers working remotely and on the ground;
  • Independently conduct legal intakes and client meetings within a detention center, and support communications with family members of actual and potential clients;
  • Assist the SIFI staff with all aspects of SPLC’s advocacy on behalf of detainees, including with civil rights litigation;
  • Timely input information into SIFI’s case management software in accordance with relevant policies and procedures; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications –

  • Proficient English and Spanish speaking-skills required, and written proficiency preferred;
  • Strong academic background with excellent legal writing and research skills;
  • Willingness to live in the rural Deep South or approximately 45 minutes from a SIFI office in larger cities such as Jacksonville, FL, Columbus, GA, and Alexandria, LA for the duration of an externship;
  • Excellent communication skills including strong listening, written, and verbal skills, and the ability to show empathy and professionalism towards those who have or are currently experiencing trauma;
  • Previous experience working with non-English speakers and/or low-income immigrant clients strongly preferred;
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple responsibilities daily in a fast-paced environment;
  • Commitment to serving immigrant clients in detention; and
  • Committed to the values and mission of the SPLC.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

Disclaimer:

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

To Apply: Please email SIFISchedulers@splcenter.org with a (1) cover letter including the whether you have any preference to work at a specific SIFI office either based on geography or desire to work with individuals at a specific detention center, (2) resume/CV, (3) writing sample (maximum 10 pages), (4) law school transcript, and (5) list of three references.

Application Deadline:

We will stop accepting applications at 5:00 PM Central, March 1st.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is currently seeking applications for a SIFI Direct Services Attorney – Alexandria (Pine Prairie & LaSalle Processing Centers).

Summary:

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. By ensuring that skilled attorneys are available to protect detained immigrants’ due process rights, SIFI endeavors to win every meritorious deportation defense and release case arising out of Trump-era immigration enforcement actions.

SIFI currently provides legal representation in release (bond, parole, and habeas corpus), deportation defense, and civil rights cases to immigrants imprisoned at the five largest and most isolated detention centers in the Southeast: the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA; the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA; the Folkston ICE Processing Center (“Folkston Detention Center”) in Folkston, GA; the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, LA, and the Pine Prairie Detention Center in Pine Prairie, LA.  SIFI’s four offices are in or near the towns where the detention centers are located.  Each office has a Lead Attorney, two or three full-time Direct Services Attorneys and one or two Project Coordinators.  Pro bono attorneys, law students, and volunteer interpreters regularly join the SIFI on-the-ground teams for week-long shifts to expand SIFI’s legal representation, focusing on release cases but also including immigration merits cases, high impact advocacy, and individualized advocacy.

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Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR)

Blasphemy Law Enforcement Project

Summer 2019 Law Internship

 Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights

The Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR) is a leading global center for the study, teaching, and promotion of human rights. Specifically, CLIHHR strengthens laws, norms and institutions to prevent mass atrocities, protect human rights and rebuild communities globally.

Blasphemy Law Enforcement Project

In collaboration with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the Clinic is working on a project to map and analyze blasphemy law enforcement globally. Laws that prohibit blasphemy are generally deemed inconsistent with universal human rights standards and violate international standards of freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief. USCIRF’s 2017 Report Respecting Rights? Measuring the World’s Blasphemy Laws found that blasphemy laws exist in 71 countries globally as of mid-2016 and analyzed their texts against international human rights principles. The report confirmed that all blasphemy laws on the books deviate from at least one internationally recognized human rights principle. Most were vaguely worded and carried unduly harsh penalties for violators.

The 2017 Report did not assess which countries enforce these laws and the manner of enforcement. In order to capture the full extent of the human rights abuses that blasphemy laws generate and identify the patterns that emerge from the implementation of these laws, this research project will map the enforcement of countries with publicly reported criminal blasphemy cases over the past five years, the number of such cases, and key indicators to understand the context surrounding their implementation. The research project will result in the creation of a Mapping Database that includes key information related to the enforcement of national anti-blasphemy laws and a questionnaire that can be used to compare the enforcement of blasphemy laws worldwide. The research project will further identify key findings and trends in enforcement, which will support future reform advocacy and policy analysis related to these laws.

Scope of Work

Students will work with two Human Rights Clinic supervisors during their summer internship. They will be responsible for tasks including but not limited to:

• Development of method for research study that outlines the process for collecting cases and information;

• Collection, verification, and analysis of legal cases from 2014-2018 related to states’ enforcement of blasphemy laws based on information that is publicly available in primary and secondary sources pursuant to research method;

• Identification of countries with cases, including the number of cases found and their circumstances;

• Creation of a “Mapping Database” of anti-blasphemy cases that includes key information related to the enforcement of national blasphemy laws;

• Creation of visuals to be included in the Mapping Database that comparatively assess the level of enforcement of blasphemy laws in a country in relation to other countries;

• Identification of rule of law indicators to be included in a questionnaire to assess the enforcement of the laws;

• Development of questionnaire to compare the enforcement of blasphemy laws worldwide that integrates some of the human rights indicators selected in the 2017 Report;

• Development of recommendations for further research and identification of priority countries for potential additional phase of project to further examine enforcement of blasphemy laws;

• Monthly research status updates on progress to USCIRF;

• Making any logistical arrangements including domestic and international travel arrangements as needed for completion of project deliverables;

• Consulting with USCIRF on any challenges or opportunities as they arise, whether related to technical or financial implementation of the research project.

Internship Program

The summer internship program is ten (10) weeks long and will begin at the end of May 2019. Student interns are expected to work 35 hours/week. As part of the work, they are also expected to attend training sessions on relevant skills to conduct the necessary legal and other research in furtherance of the project. The internship is based at the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR) at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, N.Y. CLIHHR has stipends for four positions. The stipend for the summer is $5000.

Applicants are expected to have strong legal research and writing skills. Students with prior knowledge of and/or a demonstrated interest in international human rights law or atrocity prevention are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send: (1) a cover letter, (2) resume, (3) unofficial transcript, (4) contact information for two references and (5) a writing sample to Ali Cain at alexandra.cain@yu.edu. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

 

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Executive Director
Job Posting

Water Protector Legal Collective

The Water Protector Legal Collective is a non-profit organization providing legal support,
advocacy, and knowledge sharing for Indigenous centered and guided environmental and
climate justice movements.

The Executive Director will have overall responsibility for the administrative, fiscal and
programmatic health and effectiveness of the organization, ensuring that WPLC raises the funds needed to operate effectively, managing WPLC’s resources soundly, and building and maintaining WPLC’s overall public image and key relationships. The E.D. provides leadership in the organization and works collaboratively with the WPLC Board, staff, and volunteers to provide legal support, education, defense, offense and advocacy for water and land protectors in criminal, civil rights, and international human rights fora.

Learn More: Job Posting – WPLC ED

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The application deadline for opportunities through the Peggy Browning Fund is quickly approaching.

2019 Summer Fellowships

Funded positions for 1Ls & 2Ls in labor-related organizations

throughout the United States

2019-2020 School-Year Fellowship

1 funded part-time position in Chicago

Application deadline: January 18, 2019

Peggy Browning Alumni are eligible to re-apply.

Information available at www.peggybrowningfund.org

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