Reprieve seeks applicants for Fellowship positions at our headquarters in London or with any of our partner organisations, including our sister organisation Reprieve US in New York. Reprieve will also consider applications for fellowships based in other locations that are relevant to the fellowship opportunity. As Reprieve is not able to provide direct funding, we ask applicants to seek sponsorship from Equal Justice Works, law school‐funds and other public interest fellowships to begin in 2018.

2017_07_18_PUB Reprieve Fellowship 2018

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CrescentCare is seeking applications for a staff attorney position. Learn More>>>

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The Civil Rights Corps is seeking applications for three positions. Learn More>>>

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New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

SEEKING TO SPONSOR FELLOWS

VIBRANT LAW & ORGANIZING PRACTICE

About the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-disciplinary impact strategy center and “think and do tank” as well as a membership organization. We are dedicated to expanding democracy, winning a just economy, and transforming the country by transforming the South. The Workers’ Center is a critical architect of permanent progressive civil society infrastructure in the South. At the end of our first decade, we are gearing up to advance a long-term Southern agenda for an inclusive economy. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.

Description of Opportunity

NOWCRJ seeks to sponsor one or more individuals for a 2018 post-graduate fellowship (Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Soros Justice, Liman, etc.) NOWCRJ is also open to hearing from individuals wishing to do law school-funded short-term or long-term fellowships in 2017.

NOWCRJ has a unique and diverse practice and we would welcome applicants interested in implementing a one or two-year fellowship project in any of the following areas:

  • Immigration enforcement. NOWCRJ helped to establish

groundbreaking pro-immigrant policies in New Orleans and would like to do the same in Jefferson Parish, where NOWCRJ has a deep membership base and where terrifying home raids and racial profiling are increasing as the Trump deportation machine kicks into gear.

Fellowship projects could include: civil rights abuse documentation; litigation under the U.S. Constitution and Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871; motions to suppress evidence collected during unconstitutional raids; and legal support for advocacy to change local policy.

  • Full and fair employment for Black workers. Black workers in

New Orleans and throughout the South are locked into structural and long-term unemployment and low wage jobs. Fellowship projects could focus on enforcement of local hiring ordinances, and workplace monitoring.

  • Right to counsel in immigration court. Though New Orleans

has vibrant and expanding immigrant communities, there is a dearth of free and low cost representation in immigration court. A fellowship project in this area could focus on direct representation of workers in cases related to civil rights, labor trafficking and workers’

rights, and conducting research and building a coalition towards an innovative Louisiana immigrant access to justice project at the city level through training, education and coalition building.

  • Immigration detention. For-profit detention centers in

western Louisiana serve as key nodes in the deportation pipeline for a five-state Southern region. A fellowship project could focus on habeas corpus litigation to bring constitutional challenges to no-bond detention. Despite a mounting wave of precedent across the country on the constitutional limits to no-bond immigration detention, these cases have been unsuccessful and stymied by extreme delay in the Western District of Louisiana. This project would build on NOWCRJ’s past habeas cases, learning from the challenges unique to this jurisdiction and building innovative litigation strategies to overcome them.

  • Seafood Worker Campaign. NOWCRJ’s National Guestworker

Alliance recently launched the Alliance of Seafood Workers to improve conditions in the seafood industry from the Gulf Coast to New England.

Fellowship projects could focus on research, policy advocacy, member support, and/or labor standards litigation (FLSA, OSHA etc.) to improve working conditions in this industry.

Qualifications

  • Experience with or demonstrated commitment to movement building or immigrant justice work.
  • Commitment to legal practice in a way that empowers collective vision and action by low-income workers and communities of color.
  • Excellent research, writing and court advocacy skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting.
  • Sense of humor in order to maintain perspective and balance.
  • Spanish-speaking candidates are highly encouraged to get in touch.
  • Be willing to sit for the Louisiana bar exam (see more information below)
  •  Be eligible for a post-graduate fellowship (third year law student or law school graduate)

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to get in touch.

Salary & Benefits

Salary will be set according to the terms of the fellowship program.

NOWCRJ’s benefit package includes paying 100% of health insurance premiums, including for family members.

Louisiana Bar Exam

Fellows need to sit for the Louisiana bar exam before or after their fellowship starts. NOWRCJ will pay all costs associated with studying for and passing the Louisiana bar exam and becoming admitted to practice law in Louisiana. Although Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. using the civil law system, the Louisiana bar and Louisiana law and practice are fundamentally similar to other states. The Louisiana bar exam passage rate for first-time takers who graduated from law schools outside of Louisiana was 70%. In addition, historically, 80% of NOWRCJ’s practice has been before federal agencies and federal courts.

To apply:

Please send a short email with specific fellowship interests, if any, and resume to Kerry O’Brien at kobrien@nowcrj.org, subject line:

Fellowship 2018. Applications will only be accepted electronically.

Please include a daytime phone number.

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Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Bluhm Legal Clinic
Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center Solitary Confinement Federal Court Litigation Fellow

Northwestern University School of Law invites applications for a two-year fellowship position in Washington, D.C. or Chicago beginning as soon as possible in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC). We seek applicants for this fellowship position with distinguished academic records; a strong, demonstrated commitment to practicing in the area of civil rights litigation; excellent research and writing skills; and federal litigation and/or clerkship experience (five years or more preferred).

The fellow will be responsible for litigating cases in federal district court. MJC has a number of experienced trial and appellate lawyers who would work with the fellow to identify the potential cases with the greatest potential for ultimately obtaining Supreme Court review. More specifically, the fellow will be responsible for:

· Identifying prisons that subject prisoners to the most abusive forms of solitary confinement.

· Identifying compelling individual (non-class) damages and injunctive cases to be filed in federal court.

· Litigating these cases as co-counsel with both MJC trial attorneys and private law firms.

· Developing educational materials for prisoners and attorneys to ensure that solitary confinement claims are properly preserved in trial-level cases.

The Bluhm Legal Clinic currently includes clinical faculty teaching in its Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, Children and Family Justice Center, Center on Wrongful Convictions, Center on International Human Rights, Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, and other clinical programs that include appellate advocacy, criminal defense, civil litigation (predatory lending cases, civil suits arising from wrongful convictions, and landlord tenant cases), externship, negotiations and trial advocacy.

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is one of the premier civil rights law firms in the United States with offices in Chicago; New Orleans; St. Louis; Oxford, Miss.; and Washington D.C.

The family of J. Roderick MacArthur founded the center in 1985 to advocate for human rights and social justice through litigation.

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minority candidates.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis as they are received, with the goal of filling the position with a candidate able to start in the near future. Please send your curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of references to Marissa Spalding at marissa.spalding@law.northwestern.edu.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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