Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is hiring a supervising attorney to lead the juvenile public defense team in New Orleans. Click here for a full job description and application instructions.

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The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School is taking applications for its 2020 summer fellowship program.

Each summer the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of Yale Law School (LSO) has a fellowship program of approximately 20-25 part and full time students, from Yale and other law schools. The 2020 program is scheduled to run from May 19 to August 14, 2020. Most students work full time (40 hours per week) for twelve weeks.

The 2020 program application period is now open. Application instructions are available here.

The LSO clinics operating during summer 2020 are as follows:

  • 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

Students from past years have found the experience very rewarding and fun. Questions and inquiries should be directed to lso.fellowships@yale.edu.

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Community Justice Project is seeking applications for a Senior Staff Attorney. Learn more here.

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The Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana seeks applications for two positions. Details below.

Programs & Policy ManagerPrograms Policy Manager Announcement

Community OrganizerCommunity Organizer Announcement

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Position Announcement
Staff Attorney
Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO)

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is hiring a staff attorney. We are looking for an energetic individual with relevant experience to help us free factually innocent prisoners from Louisiana’s prisons. This is a full time position with a minimum three year commitment.

About IPNO

Founded in 2001, IPNO frees innocent, life-sentenced prisoners, supports them living well and fully in the world after their release and advocates for sensible criminal justice policies that reduce wrongful convictions. IPNO is one of the most effective innocence organizations in the world. As of October 2019, we have freed or exonerated 36 innocent prisoners, who served over 830 years in prisons between them.

We take cases where DNA testing can prove innocence, and harder cases where physical evidence does not exist or has been destroyed. IPNO uses our cases to illustrate causes of wrongful convictions and how policy, law and narrative changes can prevent poor defendants from being wrongly convicted. More of Louisiana and Mississippi’s citizens encounter the criminal justice system than those of any other place in the world. We believe that wrongful convictions can be prevented in a smaller, more focused, accurate and accountable criminal justice system.

About the Position:

The core role of an IPNO staff attorney is to manage and litigate cases from the point at which the potential client is identified until the moment the client is exonerated. This requires:

  • Planning case investigations and working with IPNO’s staff investigators to implement these plans and manage the case. Most IPNO cases involve dozens of witnesses and thousands of pages of documents.
  • Planning long term case strategy and problem solving. Many of IPNO’s clients had convictions that were deemed “final” decades ago and face many procedural bars to having their convictions vacated.
  • Writing pleadings, writ applications, appeals, and other filings. Most of IPNO’s litigation is conducted on paper.
  • Managing DNA and other forensic testing. IPNO cases can involve arranging new forensic tests to prove innocence or discrediting flawed forensic evidence used to convict.
  • Conducting evidentiary hearings. Getting an IPNO client’s conviction vacated normally requires at least one multi-day evidentiary hearing.
  • Negotiating with the State or other interested parties.

IPNO is a small non-profit so, in addition to performing the core role, the staff attorney will be expected to assist as necessary with other aspects of IPNO’s work such as fundraising, communications, events, policy, office administration, and post-release assistance of clients. IPNO is a client-focused office where teamwork and collaboration to ensure IPNO’s overall effectiveness and success are expected and valued.

Requirements for the role:

  • J.D. or equivalent, along with license to practice law in Louisiana.
  • At least three years litigation experience involving indigent defense or civil rights work. (A post-graduation judicial clerkship will be considered in lieu of one year of experience.)
    • Computer literacy, including experience using common office software.
    • Willingness to travel (largely in-state) and work irregular hours when necessary.
      • The ability to communicate and work cooperatively with a wide range of people, including government personnel and officials, law enforcement, attorneys, records custodians, students, prisoners and their families, and members of the community.
      • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
      • Good oral advocacy skills and experience litigating in court.
      • Excellent organizational skills.
      • Ability to work in a team and receive constructive feedback.
      • Ability to effectively delegate to and supervise investigators, law clerks and volunteers.
      • Valid driver’s license.

Preferences for the role:

  • Experience managing complex multi-year litigation.
  • Existing ties to Louisiana.
  • Knowledge/experience concerning:
    • Post-conviction and federal habeas law.
    • DNA and other forensic evidence.
    • Utilizing the Louisiana Public Records Act.
    • Developing investigative plans.
    • Interviewing witnesses and drafting statements/affidavits.
    • Thorough legal researching skills.

Salary and benefits:

The salary range for this position is $58,000 – $70,000 with a very competitive benefits package including medical/dental coverage, five weeks paid vacation, and 401k match. We observe federal holidays, and the office is closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Salary will be determined commensurate with experience.

Application

The position will be open until filled. Please e-mail a cover letter, including salary requirement, resume, 3 references, and a writing sample (no longer than 10 pages) to openings@ip-no.org. Please include the job title in the e-mail subject line. Do not call.

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EarthRights International is currently looking to hire post-graduate legal fellows (two-years, paid) and summer legal interns. Please consider forwarding to any interested students.

Bertha Justice Legal Fellow  – This two-year paid fellowship fellowship is geared towards recent U.S. law school graduates and LLM degree holders hoping to practice in the United States. Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2019.

Legal Intern (Summer, 2020) – EarthRights legal interns will have the opportunity to participate in various projects associated with our cases, including legal research and writing and assistance in all phases of litigation, as well as other legal work including development of new cases, monitoring and exploring developments in international human rights and environmental law, researching and utilizing other mechanisms of corporate accountability.  Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2019.

Interested candidates should visit the EarthRights International careers page for more information about these opportunities.

EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and actively encourages people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQI people to apply.

For more information on the work of EarthRights International visit www.earthrights.org

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Tulane Law School is seeking two full-time Clinic Instructors for its Women’s Prison Project (WPP).  WPP is a collaboration between two of the law school’s nationally recognized clinics, the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Criminal Justice Clinic. The Project represents Louisiana women who are unjustly incarcerated for killing an abusive partner or for participating in crimes under the duress of an abusive partner.  It focuses on domestic violence and trauma as a pathway to prison for women, reaching a marginalized population mostly ignored by the mainstream criminal justice reform movement.  The Project’s work also focuses on developing a statewide plan for the comprehensive decarceration of domestic violence survivors, and challenging laws that continue to result in the unjust convictions of abuse survivors in Louisiana.

For more information and to submit an application please go to http://apply.interfolio.com/70660

Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane University will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

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Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Black Law Students Association presents:

Doing the Right Thing
Working in Public Interest Law

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
6:30-7:30 p.m. ET

We invite you to join attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights for a webinar on how to build a successful national and international public interest law career. The webinar will touch on the role that journals and law review, clerkships, internships, fellowships and volunteer opportunities can play, as well as tracing the panelists’ career paths, which include direct services, impact litigation, and law firm pro bono work. Panelists will also speak to challenges and opportunities for Black lawyers, working in an intersectional manner, serving clients of color in a predominantly white legal system.

Panelists include:

Omar Farah
Senior Staff Attorney

Chinyere Ezie
Staff Attorney

Aya Saed
Bertha Justice Fellow

Moderated by:

Vince Warren
Executive Director

Learn more and RSVP here!

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Veterans Innovation Partnership Fellowship
Now Accepting Applications

The U.S. Department of State is accepting applications for the sixth cohort of the Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) Fellowship program from Thursday, October 17 to Monday, October 21st, 2019.

The VIP Fellowship aims to serve America’s veterans and separating service members’ transition to diplomacy and development careers through a yearlong paid professional fellowship at the U.S. Department of State. Fellows are exposed to career opportunities, gain valuable skills for working in the public or private sector, and receive mentoring from experienced professionals and support from other high achieving fellows.

Eligible veterans may submit applications for the 2019-2020 timeframe by searching “Veterans Innovation Partnership Fellow” on USAJOBS. While the official application period closes on October 21st, it may close earlier if 250 applications are received for each of the two position descriptions. We advise interested veterans to not delay in applying.

Learn more at the VIP Fellowship website and follow us @VIPFellowship on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date. You will find a program overview attached along with frequently asked questions for interested veterans.

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The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an experienced staff attorney to join the Impact Litigation Practice.

BxD is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 375 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom collaborate to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients.

Learn More>>>

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