The Promise of Justice Initiative is a non-profit organization that advocates for criminal justice reform, civil rights protections, and the abolition of the death penalty and other excessive inhumane punishments. PJI works alongside impacted men and women seeking fair and just treatment under the law. Our projects focus on ending the death penalty, fixing inhumane conditions of confinement, exposing prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, eliminating poor representation of criminal defendants, and ending racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

PJI is seeking a Staff Attorney to work with our Civil Litigation team. Conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system violate the constitutional rights of many prisoners. Due to overcrowding, limited funding, and a narrow focus on retribution, prisoners in Louisiana endure unnecessarily harsh conditions in their daily lives. PJI provides legal representation to our clients who endeavor to hold the state accountable for their unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Our litigation projects include extreme heat conditions, medical negligence, and execution protocol litigation. Through these cases, together with PJI’s other projects, we aim to infuse Louisiana’s prison system with reason, necessary reform, and a respect for human dignity.

 

The Staff Attorney position will include a good deal of client interaction, and very hands-on experience (depositions, hearings, etc.) early in your tenure. The Staff Attorney will also have opportunities to work on media materials as well as to engage in policy advocacy. Where there is interest, a Staff Attorney may be able to work on some criminal cases as well.

Required Qualifications

-         Law degree and eligibility for the Louisiana Bar

-         At least four years of experience practicing law

-         Strong written and verbal communication skills

-         Strong attention to detail

-         Experience in civil discovery

-         Willingness to work outside of work hours when necessary

 

Preferred Qualifications

-         Experience working with people impacted by the criminal court system

-         Track record of strong client advocacy

-         Experience work on Federal Civil Rights litigation

-         Federal clerkship

-         Driver’s license

PJI is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees. All employment decisions at PJI are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, past or present military service, history of incarceration, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. PJI will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. PJI encourages applicants of all ages, and does not discriminate based against formerly incarcerated individuals.

How To Apply

zaint@defendla.org

http://www.promiseofjustice.org

Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references by August 19th to:

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Full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge Vacancy

Pending required approvals, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana is seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy in the position of United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The position will be available June 1, 2020. The deadline for applications is September 13, 2019. A full public notice and application for the Magistrate Judge position may be found on the court’s employment page.

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New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA) & New Orleans Bar Foundation

Public Interest Law Veterans Justice Fellowship

The Public Interest Law Fellowship at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) New Orleans office provides an opportunity for talented and committed lawyers to serve the public interest in the New Orleans area. The 2019-2020 Public Interest Law Fellow will provide civil legal services to low-income veterans to help them stabilize their lives. We hope to serve at least 100 veterans with life changing legal help. Veterans will be reached through legal clinics and partnerships with the new Veterans Administration Hospital, the Bastion, two non-profits serving homeless veterans, and a local Veteran Reentry Court. The NOBA Fellowship provides a new way to improve the lives of vulnerable veterans in the New Orleans area.

NOBA in conjunction with the New Orleans Bar Foundation (NOBF) is helping fund Louisiana’s first Veterans Fellowship in Louisiana at a nonprofit local civil legal aid organization. The Fellowship will be housed at the New Orleans office of SLLS. SLLS is the largest provider of civil legal services in Louisiana handling about 10,000 cases per year through 100 staff members, pro bono attorneys, and other volunteers.

In addition to the work at SLLS, Fellows will be members of the NOBA and may be required to attend several leadership functions, such as the annual Bench Bar Conference, the annual Mayoral luncheon and Fleur De Lis functions. The Fellow will assist with reports and briefings to NOBA.

Applications are due by August 6, 2019 and can be sent via email to ltuggle@slls.org. Interested candidates should include a cover letter and current resume highlighting your experience and your previous public interest and/or pro bono work. Candidates selected for interviews will be required to furnish a writing sample and three references. Preference is provided for candidates who are veterans and/or have a military background.  Starting Salary: $42,000-$48,000 Depending on experience.  Additional compensation for fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese. Generous benefits package. Most be licensed to practice in the State of Louisiana. SLLS is an equal opportunity employer.

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The Piper Fund is hiring a program officer for its work around protecting the right to protest.

Learn More: Program Officer Right to Protest Job Announcement

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The Feerick Center for Social Justice has an AmeriCorps VISTA position that begins in September 2019.

The VISTA member would focus on supporting the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island CLARO Programs.  These acclaimed limited-scope programs provide legal information, legal assistance, and legal advice to New Yorkers in need regarding consumer debt issues.  This is a wonderful opportunity for a person passionate about economic justice and interested in pursuing a public interest career.  AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full-time for a one-year term of service.

For more information, please contact Evan Mullen, 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, immediately at emullen7@fordham.edu.

Fighting Poverty Through Partnerships

The Feerick Center for Social Justice promotes the rights and addresses the problems facing marginalized and low-income New Yorkers through the creation of strategies to reform policies, educate, and provide assistance to right wrongs.

Highly regarded for its efficacy and dedication to combating inequities, the Center works with wide-ranging networks to rally partners in the legal community and beyond to respond to the challenges of those in need.

Fordham Law faculty and students involved at the Center collaborate with the city’s nonprofit, legal services, and public sectors to create long-term innovative solutions critical to real change.

 

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Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a non-profit that provides civil legal aid to low-income individuals and families in six offices, across 22 parishes throughout southeast Louisiana. 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:

Volunteer Coordinator

We need a Volunteer Coordinator to oversee the daily activities and tasks of volunteer law clerks, undergraduate students, and paralegal students for our six offices. This position will be located in our New Orleans Office and is under the supervision of SLLS’ Pro Bono Program Managing Attorney.

Requirements:

  •        Possess an ability to work and lead in a diverse team environment;
  •        Has excellent written, oral, technical, and problem-solving skills;
  •        Is a confident, well-organized, detailed oriented, and outgoing individual;
  •        Ability to multi-task and adapt to new and changing environments
  •        Strong communication skills and experience interacting with all levels of management;
  •        Open to exploring new  technology skills to enhance their daily duties;
  •        Working knowledge of Excel and Publisher;
  •        College degree preferred.

Duties will include:

  •        Scheduling interviews and reviewing candidates for volunteer positions;
  •        Maintaining records and documentation of volunteers hours and information;
  •        Providing volunteers with support and guidance to foster a positive work environment and maintain strong relationships;
  •        Assisting with evaluating the volunteer program on an on-going basis, identify gaps, recommend and implement changes, as appropriate;
  •        Organizing and participating in volunteer outreach and planning for volunteer special events;
  •        Developing, maintaining, and distributing volunteer informational materials to recruit new volunteers;
  •        Matching the needs and skills of volunteers to appropriate offices and SLLS staff
  •        Scheduling and facilitating volunteer orientation;

Coordinate with the SLLS Director of Development & Strategic Advocacy to manage the fundraiser database and update all volunteer content including brochures, website, social media, and database;

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.

Staff Attorney

We also need a Staff Attorney to work on Domestic Violence cases in Terrebonne Parish.

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, self motivation, 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 July 2019 bar exam and being an eligible member of the Louisiana State Bar. 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.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Roxanne Newman, Deputy Director at rnewman@slls.org by July 22, 2019.

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CrescentCare Legal Services (CCLS), a division of CrescentCare Health, is hiring!

“We are expanding our services statewide (Regions 3-9) and will deliver legal services through an innovative tele-law model of practice. We’re looking for creative, innovative and dynamic legal minds who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law to join our team.”

Two full-time positions are available: Senior Attorney and Staff Attorney.
Location: New Orleans or Baton Rouge office
Travel: Positions require extensive statewide travel estimated at more than 30%.

Learn More: CCLS Job Postings.062019 (003)

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Program Director – Advocacy Center, College of Law

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law seeks to hire a Program Director for our newly founded Advocacy Center.  We are looking for someone with strong leadership skills, who is creative, self-motivated, and can work with students and professionals alike.  In addition to the internal responsibilities of running the Center, the Program Director will participate in fundraising and external relations with members of the bench and bar. This position will be required to teach one advocacy-related course in each semester to begin in the second semester after being hired.

Qualifications: J.D. required. 5+ years in litigation practice. Strong leadership and communication skills. Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of students and professionals. Ability to develop strong networks with faculty, students, alumni, and the greater professional community. Minimal travel required. Preferred Qualifications: Proficiency in data base management, excel, and adobe. Program development experience preferred. Minimal travel required.

Please visit http://finance.loyno.edu/human-resources/staff-employment-opportunities to apply.

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Human Rights Watch is hiring a Senior Researcher and Advocate on Poverty & Inequality to join the Business and Human Rights team!  The deadline to apply is July 3.

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 FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY

Senior Researcher and Advocate on

Poverty and Inequality

Business and Human Rights Division

Application Deadline: July 3, 2019

The Business and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) is seeking a highly qualified Senior Researcher and Advocate on Poverty and Inequality to investigate, analyze, and advocate against human rights abuses worldwide related to extreme poverty and inequality. The role of the Researcher and Advocate will include documenting and conveying the human rights implications of extreme poverty and economic inequality worldwide, specifically focusing on the ways in which the policies and practices of public and private entities contribute to the systematic transfer of wealth and resources away from the public good and into the hands of a few.

We welcome applications from people who have demonstrated familiarity with poverty and inequality research, including those who have a background in a field such as economics or social sciences.

This position is preferably based in a major HRW office, but other locations may be considered.

Responsibilities:

  1. Research, document, and analyze policies and practices that contribute to extreme poverty and economic inequality that raise human rights concerns by collecting and analyzing information from a wide variety of sources, including governments, policy makers, media, NGOs and grassroots organizations, victims of abuses, and others; Interview persons whose rights have been harmed by extreme economic inequality, as well as related professionals and experts (e.g., organizations representing impacted communities, economists and social scientists who specialize in the impacts of economic inequality, multilateral development banks, etc.); Identify and document where extreme poverty and economic inequality may have disparate impact on vulnerable or marginalized groups;
  2. Identify issues and advocacy opportunities for influencing policies and practices that contribute to worsening poverty and growing economic inequality; Develop a plan for strategic research and advocacy to ensure respect for internationally recognized human rights by public and private sector actors, including multilateral development banks;
  3. Write and publicize reports, op-eds, press releases, briefing memos, statements, testimony and other materials to disseminate our research findings and policy recommendations for addressing human rights abuses linked to extreme poverty and economic inequality; Work with colleagues in the communications division to develop innovative multimedia and social media strategies to communicate our positions in clear and compelling ways and to advance advocacy;
  4. Develop and implement advocacy strategies in collaboration with HRW colleagues to change or prevent abusive laws, policies, and practices by governments, corporations, multilateral development banks, and others that drive extreme poverty and economic inequality;
  5. Build partnerships across key communities, including other human rights or economic justice NGOs, groups representing vulnerable populations, research organizations, and academics; Represent HRW in civil society coalitions on topics relevant to economic inequality, such as the role of multilateral development banks;
  6. Participate in public debates internationally about growing poverty and economic inequality through clear and prompt responses to queries from policy makers, the media, social media, and colleague human rights communities; Place abuses or potential for abuses within the broader political, social and economic contexts;
  7. Travel domestically and internationally, as required, to conduct research, media work, advocacy, and other functions;
  8. Be prepared and willing to work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events;
  9. Work collaboratively with an international team of researchers, media experts and advocates and collaborate with a supportive and diverse team;
  10. Expand HRW’s work on poverty and inequality, mainstreaming it across the organization;
  11. Occasionally assist the Division and HRW’s Development and Outreach Department to conduct fundraising; and
  12. Carry out other tasks as required.

Qualifications:

Education:  An advanced (graduate) degree in economics, social sciences, data sciences, journalism, law, international relations, or related studies is preferable.

Experience:  A minimum of seven years of relevant experience is required. Relevant experience may include, among other things, work as a social scientist, economist, investigative reporter, or lawyer on issues related to the human rights impacts of extreme poverty and economic inequality; research, writing, analysis, advocacy, community organizing, or other work related to the impact of extreme poverty and economic inequality; analysis and advocacy for nonprofit organizations, particularly related to poverty or economic inequality; or work in government on policies to address the impacts and causes of extreme poverty and economic inequality.  We will consider applications from individuals with a demonstrated record of successful research, analysis, or advocacy on behalf of marginalized or vulnerable groups living in extreme poverty or addressing abuses resulting from extreme economic inequality.

Related Skills and Knowledge: 

The below offers a list of the kinds of qualifications that we will be looking for when evaluating applications. We do not expect applicants to have all the skills and knowledge described below. If you believe you currently have skills that are analogous and transferable rather than specific to poverty and inequality, please explain this in your letter of interest.

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English is required. Proficiency in other languages is highly desirable.
  2. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and in a culturally sensitive manner with a range of vulnerable or marginalized groups, in partnership with other organizations, and others regarding or impacted by poverty and inequality.
  3. Ability to explain verbally and in writing complex technical subjects clearly, compellingly and respectfully to non-specialist audiences, including policymakers, the public, and specialists in non-technical fields.
  4. Knowledge of and experience in international human rights law.
  5. Knowledge of and experience with economic policy and data analysis.
  6. Knowledge of and experience working with directly impacted communities or organizing around economic justice issues.
  7. Ability to multi-task effectively, including having strong planning and organizing skills, and ability to work well under pressure.

Salary and BenefitsHRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW offers a relocation assistance package and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: Please apply immediately by visiting our online job portal at careers.hrw.org and attaching a document containing responses to the three questions included in the online application, a letter of interest, a resume or CV, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others), preferably as PDF files. No calls or email inquiries, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application submission, please email recruitment@hrw.org. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered.

Human Rights Watch is strong because it is diverse. We do not discriminate in hiring practices and actively seek a diverse applicant pool. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and those with criminal records to apply. We welcome all kinds of diversity. Our employees include people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide span of socio-economic backgrounds and perspectives on the world. Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

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Transgender Law Center is hiring for three attorney positions and one non-attorney legal position!

Legal Services Project Staff Attorney (Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY)

Detention Staff Attorney (Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY)

Immigration Attorney for Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project (Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY; remote may be considered)

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Helpline Associate (Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY)

Additional positions can be found at https://transgenderlawcenter.org/about/careers

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