Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute is hiring a new managing director for the Human Rights Institute and a new legal fellow to work with us on human rights in the US advocacy.

Please feel free to forward this widely, and do get in touch if you have any former students or colleagues you would like to recommend.

Managing director:

Legal fellow:

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Wilson Fellowship at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights — a 1-year legal fellowship for a recent law grad to work with our international human rights litigation team in DC.


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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



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.


  • 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, 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

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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

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Send cover letter and resume by September 1st, 2017. Please type “Rural Justice Fellowship” in the email subject line to


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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

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