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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The American Bar Association is accepting applications for the ABA Law Practice Division (LP) Fellowship.

ABA Law Practice Division (LP) Fellowship is a rare opportunity to set yourself on a path to leadership by becoming engaged in LP activities and raise your professional profile. This is your chance to make lasting connections with industry thought leaders in the business of practicing law on issues of management, finance, technology and marketing. The Fellowship Program expands LP’s commitment to recruiting and developing new and diverse lawyers, including members of the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD), into future leaders of LP and the ABA.

For 2017-2018, LP’s Leadership seeks applicants for both a one-year term Fellowship and for a two- year term Fellowship.  The number of Fellowships given for each term will be determined based on the qualifications of the applicants and the needs of the LP division.  The individuals selected will be able to demonstrate prior leadership experience, interest in the LP division, and a commitment to actively participate in LP events, including attendance at all LP Fall and Spring Meetings during the term of their Fellowship.  LP provides Fellows with a generous reimbursement to ensure that attendance is not a financial burden.

LP will actively engage Fellows LP leadership meetings, appoint Fellows to LP Boards and Committees, and encourage them to actively engage in key LP initiatives.  Through their participation, Fellows receive the experience and guidance needed to prepare them for positions of leadership with LP and the ABA. Learn More>>>

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Consider Becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow!

Veterans, immigrants, low-wage workers, tenants: many communities throughout the country face systemic injustices, yet few are fully equipped to fight back. Through funding, training, and support, Equal Justice Works Fellowships empower emerging public interest attorneys to tackle such issues on behalf of their communities. Fellows design their own projects, allowing them to jump-start sustainable public interest careers while addressing the issues they deem most pressing.

Equal Justice Works Fellows create innovative solutions. This could mean aiding refugees seeking new homes, helping children and families secure healthcare, combating youth homelessness, or tackling any number of other important issues. No matter the issue one is addressing, to be an Equal Justice Works Fellow is to be the solution.

This year, Equal Justice Works is accepting applications in any issue area for the 2018 Fellowship class, between June 28 and September 27, 2017. The application process is competitive, and we want to ensure candidates stay on track to submit top-tier proposals, every step of the way.

For best results, we encourage Fellowship applicants to attend an informational webinar prior to submitting an application. All sessions will occur from 3-4 pm EST. Register here.

  • July 11, 2017
  • July 26, 2017
  • August 8, 2017
  • August 23, 2017

Interested in becoming a Fellow? Download our Fellowship Application Guide: we’ll show you how to Identify the Issue, Find the Partner, Design the Project, and Complete the Application.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE FOUND ATEqual Justice Works 2018 Fellows

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Louisiana Appleseed is seeking applications for two positions. Please see the links below for more information.

Program Director Job Description

La Appleseed – Development Coordinator Position

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Job Announcement
Lecturer/Practitioner-in-Residence Position to Begin August 1, 2017
Environmental Justice Clinic

The University of Miami School of Law’s Clinical Program is pleased to announce that it is hiring a lecturer/practitioner-in-residence to work in its Environmental Justice Clinic housed within the Center for Ethics and Public Service. The position will begin on August 1, 2017. The position is open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply before June 26, 2017. The position is described in detail below.

CEPS Environmental Justice Clinic Lecturer Practitioner-in-Residence Position 2017 (2)

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Kyle Anderson, a 2L at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, received the Louisiana State Bar Association‘s Law Student Award. This award recognizes a law student from an ABA-accredited law school in the state of Louisiana who has demonstrated a dedication to providing legal services to the poor. The award was presented May 23, 2017 at the 2017 Pro Bono Publico and Children’s Law Awards at the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Pictured with Laura Tuggle, Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

Kyle Anderson is a 2L at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where he was named Outstanding Plaintiff’s Attorney on the Trial Advocacy Team and is an active member of Loyola’s Black Law Student’s Association.

Anderson was a Gillis Long Intern at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) in the summer of 2016. He was instrumental in getting the St. Charles Parish Access to Justice Center off the ground and helped staff the Center when it first opened. He also garnered support for the Access to Justice Center from the local business community. Anderson not only solicited donations of items necessary to open the Access to Justice Center, but also put together and moved furniture.

Anderson also worked as a law clerk in SLLS’s Hammond Office, interviewing clients, conducting legal research and drafting pleadings and letters.

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