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.

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POSITION SUMMARY: CrescentCare Legal Services (CCLS), a division of CrescentCare, seeks a dynamic, self-starting attorney who is innovative and has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law to join its office. This position will work on the department’s cutting-edge tele-law practice expanding legal services statewide, specifically to Regions 3-9.  The position is based in either our New Orleans or Baton Rouge office, and requires extensive statewide travel estimated at more than 30%.

Through a tele-law model of practice, the staff attorney will provide direct representation of clients in state and federal courts and before administrative bodies or tribunals in cases involving a variety of areas of law, including but not limited to, housing claims, Social Security benefits, discrimination, estate planning, and debtors’ rights primarily focused on an individual’s HIV+ status.  Responsibilities include all aspects of direct legal assistance including client interviewing, factual investigation, advice and counsel, brief services, legal research and writing, pretrial and trial practice. Staff Attorneys will also train and supervise student interns and volunteer attorneys; staff legal clinics; outreach and legal rights education to clients and community groups, social service providers, and CrescentCare staff; case reporting; and outcome reporting to grant funders.

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The UCLA School of Law is seeking a highly energetic individual with significant legal practice experience to be the Associate Director of the Veterans Justice Clinic. The Clinic allows law students to assist underserved and marginalized veterans in Los Angeles while developing lawyering skills under the supervision of clinical faculty. The Associate Director will co-teach the Clinic, provide legal assistance to veterans, and supervise students in their casework. The Associate Director will, with the Faculty Director of the Clinic, develop collaborative initiatives with other legal services providers so as to meet the legal needs of veterans, promote work on behalf of veterans, and meaningfully engage with veterans communities on the UCLA campus, in Los Angeles, and nationally.

The Associate Director will also have responsibility for managing the budget for the Program, hiring and managing support staff, including a paralegal and a staff attorney, and managing the Clinic office, including overseeing legal intake. As needed, the Associate Director will act as a case manager for the clinic docket, serving as the attorney of record, and managing any case docket maintained through the Clinic, including at those times when the Law School is not in session.

The Associate Director will co-teach with the Faculty Director each semester that the Clinic is offered. The Associate Director will have input into the future direction of the Clinic, in collaboration with the Faculty Director and in consultation with the Vice Dean and/or Assistant Dean for Experiential Education.

The Associate Director will work under the direction of the Vice Dean and/or Assistant Dean for Experiential Education and in collaboration with the Faculty Director.

Minimum requirements include: an excellent academic record; a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; admission to the California Bar; significant legal practice experience; and demonstrated management, administrative and organizational skills. Practice experience representing veterans is strongly preferred. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, year-round, academic, non-tenure track position. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies-forms/the-call; and https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/academic-personnel-policy/.)

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, September 27, 2019, but will be considered thereafter through Friday, October 25, 2019 or until the position is filled.  Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF04923 by submitting a cover letter, resume, and the names and addresses of at least three professional references.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).

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Judicial Program Manager–FINS
Judicial Administrator’s Office–Louisiana Supreme Court

The Judicial Administrator’s Office of the Louisiana Supreme Court seeks a Judicial Program Manager to oversee and administer the Division of Children and Families’ statewide Families In Need of Services-Assistance Program. This position requires the ability to establish goals and objectives, implementation of guidelines, procedures, policies, forms and other necessary mechanisms to ensure the effectiveness and success of the Families In Need of Services-Assistance Program statewide. Duties include statewide oversight and administration, programmatic and fiscal monitoring, management of program budget, and evaluating and providing statewide training for Families In Need of Services program staff.  monitoring, evaluating and providing training for Families In Need of Services program staff statewide. This position involves extensive contact with members of the judiciary and various public service and community agencies across the state.  Travel is required.

The ideal candidate must have several years of experience working within the juvenile justice system with the at-risk-youth population.  Interested candidates must have either a juris doctor degree or a master’s degree in political or social science, criminal justice, or public administration or other related field of study plus five years of program development and management experience; will also consider candidates with a bachelor’s degree in any of the afore-mentioned disciplines plus seven plus years of program development and management experience. Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits and paid parking.

Qualified candidates may email resumes to hrresumes@lasc.org and reference job PROGMGR2019 IN THE SUBJECT LINE by close of business September 23, 2019.   EOE/M/F/D/V

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Technical Program Assistant
Judicial Administrator’s Office–Louisiana Supreme Court

The Judicial Administrator’s Office of the Louisiana Supreme Court seeks a Technical Program Assistant to provide specialized administrative, coordinative and technical support to the Division of Children and Families FINS-AP and CASA-AP programs.  May assist other program areas as needed.  Duties include assisting with planning, organizing and the execution of programs, conferences and events, as well as responsibility for items related to programmatic work, financial recordkeeping/reporting for grants, analyzing program data and database maintenance. This position assists with the design, production and distribution of program schedules, handouts, newsletters and other materials, web design, as well as the logistical aspects (refreshments, meals, seating, registration, transportation, accommodation, etc.) for large programmatic events.  Travel may be required.

The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented and must be able to multi-task on projects efficiently; must possess excellent writing and organizational skills with a high proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.   Must have six years of progressively responsible administrative support experience, preferably in marketing, public relations, training, programmatic, data analysis, advertising or other related environment. Pre-employment testing may be administered.  Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and paid parking.

Qualified candidates must email resumes to hrresumes@lasc.org by close of business September 23, 2019.  Please reference job CHFASST2019 in the subject line.   EOE/M/F/D/V

 

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The University Network for Human Rights is growing!

Learn more about available opportunities below:

Accounts Finance Position Final

Communications and Development Fellow Final

Senior Fellow Position Final

 

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