The Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association is seeking legal volunteers.

Established in 2006, one year after the Federal Flood that followed Hurricane Katrina, the Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association (L9WHA) serves as a resident-run not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing outreach, advocacy and case management expertise to residents of New Orleans’ historic Lower 9th Ward community. The mission of the L9WHA is to locate and bring home all displaced Lower 9th Ward Homeowners who want to return and to improve the quality of life of all residents of the Lower 9th Ward through affordable homeownership, community and economic development. The organization works to meet its mission by identifying pre-Katrina residents who want to return home but who have not been unable to due to enduring bureaucratic and rebuilding obstacles. The L9WHA provides case management assistance securing Road Home payments for residents who experienced contractor fraud, forced mortgage payoff or theft, who had to spend their Road Home award on rent, or who were underpaid by Road Home in the first place.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact:

M.A. Sheehan, Director, House the 9 Program
Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association
5234 N. Claiborne Ave. New Orleans, LA 70117
240-893-6107
masheehan504@yahoo.com

Comments Off | Permalink »

Louisiana Civil Justice Center is seeking an individual with a J.D. degree for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship beginning September 1st, 2018. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in improving access to justice for many of Louisiana’s most vulnerable people by bringing legal resources to rural parishes in Louisiana. LCJC looks to helps residents of parishes that experience extreme income inequality to overcome civil legal barriers by providing critical legal information, assistance, and resources free of charge. In addition, this project will focus on using technology to provide legal aid through the development of “virtual” help desks in rural areas.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal clinics in libraries across the state of Louisiana
  • Meet with representatives of local businesses, community organizations and legal services organizations to discuss the main legal challenges facing each parish.
  • Travel to rural parishes and help create legal resources and standing “kiosks”.
  • Develop new partnerships with Louisiana community-based organizations to identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Engage in public speaking: including at law schools, conferences, and volunteer training events.
  • Develop legal resources tailored to specific populations.

Qualification

  • License to practice law in Louisiana or the willingness to take the bar asap.
  • Familiarity with poverty law with commitment to those people affected by such in the state of Louisiana
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Superior analytic skills and legal research and writing skills are essential.
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, be able to multi-task, manage a high volume workload, a strong team-player, and have excellent time management skills.
  • A valid driver’s license as this position requires driving to various locations around the state of Louisiana.

TO APPLY

Send cover letter and resume by September 1st, 2017. Please type “Rural Justice Fellowship” in the email subject line to amelia.hoppe@laciviljustice.org.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. LCJC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Comments Off | Permalink »

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is seeking volunteers for Citizenship Day.

For more information, please contact Margaret Nabers at mnabers@ccdiobr.org.

Comments Off | Permalink »

2018-2020 Legal Fellowship

Overview:

The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, policy advocacy, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.  Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the SPLC in 1971 to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, we’ve won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten. Our lawsuits have defeated institutionalized racism and forced justice on segregationists; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of people of color, children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation.

Our Five Practice Groups:

  • Children’s Rights – Our Children’s Rights practice group is focused on stopping the “school to prison pipeline;” ensuring educational equity for children from all backgrounds, particularly poor and minority students; and ensuring children’s access to mental health services in the most integrated environments appropriate to their needs.
  • Criminal Justice Reform – Our Criminal Justice Reform practice group is dedicated to ending the mass incarceration of adults, juveniles, and immigrants; stopping the practice of trying children as adults; fighting the criminalization of immigrants; and ending abusive conditions of confinement and other exploitative practices of the criminal justice system.
  • Economic Justice – Our Economic Justice Project is fighting back against deeply engrained policies and practices that punish the poor. We’re currently working to end debtors’ prisons, wealth-based bail systems, and related criminal justice practices that trap the poor in a cycle of court debt or cause their incarceration; protect low-income consumers from predatory loan practices; and ensure that the poor have access to the social safety net.
  • Immigrant Justice – Our Immigrant Justice Project is working to protect the dignity and workplace rights of guest workers and other migrants; protect the civil and human rights of immigrants from discriminatory laws; stop unfair deportation practices; and uphold the rights of immigrant children to enroll in public schools and receive English language instruction and other services which they’re entitled.
  • LGBT Rights/Special Litigation – Our LGBT Right/Special Litigation practice group is working to ensure that LGBT people achieve full equality and dignity under the law. This practice group is also fighting in the courts against hate groups and extremists who target people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Our Six Office Locations:

  • Montgomery, AL – The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded and is headquartered in the city that was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. Nearly all of our Practice Groups, as well as the rest of the SPLCs program areas and operations staff, work out of this centralized location.
  • Atlanta, GA – Our legal staff in Atlanta primarily focus on work on our Immigrant Justice Project.
  • New Orleans, LA – The legal team in New Orleans focus on Children’s Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, and Economic Justice.
  • Jackson, MS – In Jackson, our teams work across Children’s Rights and Criminal Justice Reform.
  • Miami, FL – Our teams in Miami work in the Children’s Rights and Criminal Justice Reform.
  • Tallahassee, FL – At our newest location in Tallahassee, teams work on Children’s Rights and Criminal Justice Reform.

Responsibilities:

Primary Job Functions:

The Legal Fellow will serve as an integral member of SPLC’s legal group. The Fellow’s responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation projects and advocacy campaigns;
  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs;
  • Interview witnesses and potential clients;
  • Participate in discovery and trial practice;
  • Attend meetings and/or conferences as needed.

Qualifications:

The Fellow is selected from recent law school graduates (including those who are currently completing a judicial clerkship) and will serve for a two-year period starting September 2018.

  • J.D. or an expectation of receiving one by the Spring of 2018;
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills;
  • A demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently as well as within a team;
  • The initiative to see projects through to completion and be self-starters;
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest law;
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the SPLC;
  • Knowledge of and interest in one or more of our legal content areas;
  • Federal clerkship experience preferred;
  • Spanish Proficiency a plus.

To Apply:

Please submit your application materials by September 27, 2017. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a resume, the name and contact information of three references, and a professional writing sample of no more than 15 pages to our career portal.    In the application, you will be asked your preferences with regard to both practice groups and location, but we cannot guarantee that, if offered the fellowship, we will be able to match you with your preferences.

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.

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.

Comments Off | Permalink »

Fall 2017-Law Clerk

August 2017

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) seeks a volunteer law clerk to conduct litigation and policy research and writing for Fall 2017.

This position offers the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge litigation and policy work to advance the rights of immigrants nationwide. Work can be conducted remotely.  Individuals with law school clinical experience and those located in the Washington D.C. area are encouraged to apply.

NIPNLG is a national membership organization of lawyers, law students, legal workers and advocates, and jailhouse lawyers working to defend and expand the rights of all noncitizens in the United States, regardless of immigration status. NIPNLG stands at the forefront of immigrant rights, spearheading innovative litigation that has received national attention, and supporting advocacy on criminal justice and immigration issues. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated bar association in the United States.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Commitment to 2-3 business days per week (around 10-15 hours)
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Initiative to see projects through to completion
  • One year of law school or legal experience prior to the commencement of the clerkship
  • Demonstrated interest in immigrant rights, civil rights, and racial justice

Application Process

The Position is open until filled. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to nipnlgvolunteers@gmail.com. Please indicate “Fall 2017 law clerk” in the subject line.

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild is an affirmative action employer that actively recruits people of color, women, immigrants, formerly incarcerated persons, LGBTQI+ individuals, and differently-abled individuals. For further information about the organization and its work, please visit www.nipnlg.org/about.html.

Comments Off | Permalink »

Job Announcement

July 2017

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) seeks to fill a senior staff attorney position with an experienced litigator. This position offers a unique opportunity to engage in cutting-edge litigation to advance the rights of immigrants nationwide. NIPNLG is a national membership organization of lawyers, law students, legal workers and advocates, and jailhouse lawyers working to defend and expand the rights of all noncitizens in the United States, regardless of immigration status. NIPNLG stands at the forefront of immigrant rights, spearheading innovative litigation that has received national attention, and supporting advocacy on criminal justice and immigration issues. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated bar association in the United States.

Responsibilities

  • Identifying, developing, and participating in federal litigation, including novel theories of litigation
  • Collaborating with immigrants’ rights and community groups on litigation and advocacy
  • Submitting friend of the court briefs
  • Providing technical assistance to members and other advocates
  • Educating advocates through trainings and panels
  • Publishing practice advisories and other legal materials, and updating existing legal resources
  • Supporting organization-wide initiatives and mentoring staff
  • Implementing NIPNLG’s programmatic priorities

Requirements

  • At least eight years of legal experience, including five years of federal civil litigation experience, preferably impact litigation
  • Demonstrated ability to identify innovative litigation approaches, including the ability to identify legal tools to fit emerging situations
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights, racial justice, and social justice
  • Demonstrated commitment to movement lawyering
  • Excellent analytic, advocacy, and legal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with co-workers
  • Active admission in good standing to a State Bar
  • Ability to travel for work

Salary and Benefits

The salary package is commensurate with experience and includes fully paid health, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement plan, and four weeks paid vacation. This is a union position.

Application Process

The Position is open until filled. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to dan@nipnlg.org. Please indicate “senior staff attorney” in the subject line.

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild is an affirmative action employer that actively recruits people of color, women, immigrants, formerly incarcerated persons, LGBTQI+ individuals, and differently-abled individuals. For further information about the organization and its work, please visit www.nipnlg.org/about.html.

 

Comments Off | Permalink »

The ACLU of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) seeks a Campaign Director to lead its statewide multi-year Smart Justice campaign to drastically reduce the commonwealth’s jail and prison populations and to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Candidates should have successful experience managing issue advocacy campaigns and leadership experience in statewide efforts that include coalition partnerships, lobbying, strategic communications, organizing, and electoral work.

Learn More>>>

Comments Off | Permalink »

Job Opening at Transgender Law Center

Position: Litigation Director
Location: Oakland, CA
Reports to: Legal Director
Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis

POSITION SUMMARY

Transgender Law Center is seeking an experienced and motivated Litigation Director to join our team. The Litigation Director will work at the heart of a movement of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people and allies to change laws, policies, and attitudes to ensure that we can all live as our authentic selves. The Litigation Director will join a team of passionate, smart, and dedicated individuals who work hard, laugh easily, and are eager to learn and grow together as we change the world.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Litigation Director will be responsible for leading work on Transgender Law Center’s legal services and impact litigation docket, as well as supervising the work of designated members of the legal team. The Litigation Director will also support the organization’s work on policy advocacy and public education. The Litigation Director reports to the Legal Director.

Learn More>>>

Comments Off | Permalink »

The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites candidates for the position of Legal Fellow for the Institute’s human rights in the U.S. work.  This position will run from September 2017-May 2018, with the possibility of renewal.

The Legal Fellow will play an integral role in strengthening awareness and implementation of international human rights norms in the United States, with a particular focus on advancing racial and gender justice, equality, and accountability.

The Human Rights Institute’s Human Rights in the U.S. Project builds the capacity of domestic lawyers, policy makers, and advocates to incorporate a human rights framework into social justice advocacy efforts by building networks, facilitating trainings, conducting outreach, and promoting coordination among progressive public policy and advocacy groups to challenge all forms of discrimination and foster inclusion.  The Project also directly contributes to the development of legal theories and positive precedents based on international law through litigation, global and regional advocacy and policy initiatives, with a focus on the state and local levels.

With the Human Rights in the U.S. Project Director, and the Human Rights Institute’s Faculty Directors, the Legal Fellow will develop new and innovative strategies to hold the United States accountable to human rights principles, undertaking research, writing, and advocacy.  The Fellow will work in collaboration with a range of U.S. human rights lawyers and advocates, impacted communities, and government officials. To identify best practices in human rights advocacy, strengthen norms, and improve human rights monitoring, the Legal Fellow will also convene meetings of human rights experts, and contribute to global and regional reviews of United States human rights record providing relevant data on domestic law, policy, and practice.  The Fellow will also develop resources, reports, op-eds and blog posts on emerging issues and developments in human rights law and practice.

Specifically, the Fellow will:

  • Contribute to the Institute’s pursuit of redress for human rights violations related to juvenile justice through advocacy at the Inter-American Commission and domestic channels;
  • Research and document city and state efforts to “bring human rights home,” as well as related legal developments, and provide training and technical assistance to local governments engaged in this efforts, with a particular focus on implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women;
  • Submit stakeholder reports to the United Nations human rights treaty bodies and experts.

The Fellow will also contribute to the overall work of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, including through event planning, mentoring of students, and engagement with the Institute’s other projects.  The Fellow may also have opportunities to supervise students in the Human Rights Clinic, at the discretion of the Director of the Clinic, and manage research assistants.

Qualifications

Applicants must be licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. state or foreign country, or have an application for license pending.

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following:

  • Commitment to the integration of human rights principles into law, policy and practice within the United States;
  • Two or more years of experience in the law and practice of human rights, including in legal research, writing, and advocacy;
  • Background in human rights advocacy at the national and/or state and city levels, and knowledge of the human rights field, particularly in the United States;
  • Demonstrated commitment to strategic, creative, and self-reflective social justice and human rights work, including through positive, empowering, and collaborative working relationships with community groups, nongovernmental organizations, and government actors;
  • Familiarity with state and local governments, including experience advocating with state and local agencies and officials;
  • Prior experience engaging with the UN and regional human rights systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake independent research and analysis, as well to work in collaboration with others;
  • Demonstrated aptitude for public speaking, written and oral communication, and legal advocacy, and the ability to persuasively communicate to multiple different audiences;
  • Project development and management experience, ability to work in teams, time management skills, flexibility, and strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience engaging with the general public and the media, writing press releases conducting interviews, drafting reports, blog posts, and legal memoranda, and designing convenings; and,
  • Experience in grant writing and engaging with donor organizations.

Applicants must also be willing to travel.  Spanish language fluency is a plus.

The Institute values diversity and inclusion and we strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQI persons, women, and persons with disabilities.

Selection Process

In order to apply for this position, please visit Columbia University’s Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) at: https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=64804

On RAPS applicants will also be instructed to upload the following information in a single pdf: (a) a cover letter, describing the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (b) a one page statement identifying one or two of the most critical contemporary human rights issues in the United States, and describing the relevant human rights standards, as well as strategies to leverage them to create change in the domestic laws, policies and practices that contribute to the problem; (c) a resume; (d) a law school transcript; (e) the names of three-five references; (d) a representative writing sample of no more than 10 pages.

Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but are strongly encouraged to apply by July 29, 2017

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The ideal start time is early – mid September, 2017.

Competitive salary and benefits.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer –Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

Comments Off | Permalink »

ACADIANA LEGAL SERVICE CORPORATION, a non-profit public service firm, is accepting applications for the following positions:

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 Lafayette, 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.

Comments Off | Permalink »