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Community Legal Services, Inc.
Staff Attorney-Public Benefits/Welfare Unit
Philadelphia, PA – Full Time
Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia is seeking an attorney in its Welfare Unit. The Welfare Unit works on a wide range of state-issued public benefits issues including SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF (Cash Assistance), Medicaid, LIHEAP, Welfare to Work, WIC, and Subsidized Child Care. This exciting and demanding staff attorney position entails a combination of systemic policy advocacy (including administrative advocacy and legislative advocacy), litigation, work with the media and community education, and representation of individual clients in administrative hearings and court actions. The staff attorney will work collaboratively with others in the unit to identify systemic issues, and develop strategies to address them, as well as to zealously represent individuals in need of public benefits. The staff attorney will also have welfare related intake responsibilities and supervision of staff and interns as needed.
We seek applicants with the following qualifications:
· Interest and ability to do thoughtful and high quality systemic advocacy, including administrative policy and legislative advocacy, in a highly technical specialty area
· Litigation experience & interest in developing class action litigation as well as representation of individual clients
· Minimum of 2 or more years of experience preferred. Entry level applicants will be considered if they have strong clinical or internship work experiences.
· Ability to manage a combination of individual cases and systemic work
· Excellent legal analysis skills
· Excellent work ethic, organization, and communication skills
· Excellent legal research and writing skills
· Excellent oral advocacy skills
· Experience and interest in community education, messaging and media work
· Experience and interest in working collaboratively
· Experience and ability to work with low-income and vulnerable individuals, including immigrants, individuals with limited English proficiency, young parents, individuals with criminal records, survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault, and individuals in crisis with an urgent need for subsistence benefits
· Illustrate a high level commitment to racial justice advocacy
· Fluency in another language helpful, but not required
· Data analysis skills helpful, but not required
To Apply: CLS will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. You can submit your application on CLS’s website online at: https://clsphila.org/about-cls/available-positions/ OR http://clsphiladelphia.applytojob.com/apply/cW3NqX19Wo/Staff-AttorneyPublic-BenefitsWelfare-Unit
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.
TITLE: Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights Program
JOB CATEGORY: Exempt
SUPERVISOR: Supervising Attorney
REGION/UNIT: Northeast Region
LOCATION: Newark, New Jersey
DATE APPROVED: August 2015
Learn More: Staff Attorney Immigrant Rights Program JD
The Vera New Orleans Office works with government, residents, and local organizations to drive improvement in New Orleans’s criminal justice system. The office provides policy and data analysis and implementation assistance to advance practices that achieve equality, dignity, and effectiveness in the administration of justice.
The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) seeks an experienced leader with a passion for and knowledge of criminal justice and social justice issues in New Orleans and the South to serve as Director, New Orleans Office (Director). Reporting to the Vera Executive Vice President and Special Counsel, Kevin Keenan, the Director will provide creative and inspirational leadership for the New Orleans office.
The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc. (AppalReD) is recruiting for a staff attorney in its Somerset Office located at 108 College Street, Somerset, KY. This well-established legal services program is in its 46th year of serving low income clients and client groups in a 37-county area, which includes the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky and rolling hills of south central Kentucky.
Learn More: Staff Attorney – Somerset 2017
STAFF ATTORNEY (APPELLATE)
The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC) is accepting applications for an appellate staff attorney position in its Washington, D.C. office. MJC is a public interest law firm that litigates high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country. Working in collaboration with four other MJC offices, the Washington D.C. office is part of the firm’s Appellate Project, which seeks to advance criminal and racial justice through litigation before federal and state courts of appeal and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Role & Responsibilities:
MJC is looking for an attorney with one to three years of experience, who is passionate about both criminal justice issues and appellate work. The successful candidate will work on appeals that concern a broad array of issues, including prisoner and detainee rights, police misconduct, constitutional rights of accused persons, and religious discrimination at the border. Specific responsibilities include:
- Participate in litigation of matters within the docket of MJC’s Appellate Project, including strategic decision-making for appeals and petitions for certiorari; conducting research, writing, and editing for appellate briefs; and preparation for oral arguments;
- Assume primary responsibility for researching, drafting, and presenting oral argument before the court in some assigned appeals;
- Track the development of important criminal justice issues in lower courts and make recommendations as to new appellate matters for the Appellate Project;
- Supervise law students, including those involved in the Washington, D.C. office’s independent clinical program with Harvard Law School;
- Assist with matters being litigated by MJC attorneys more broadly (including some non-appellate litigation);
- Travel as required for litigation and client interaction;
- Regular professional interaction with clients;
- A commitment to working collaboratively.
Experience and Qualifications:
- J.D. degree and 1-3 years’ experience. Individuals with one or more years’ experience in a federal clerkship are encouraged to apply;
- Admission to the District of Columbia Bar, or willingness to obtain admission within one year of hiring;
- Excellent research, writing, and editing skills;
- Familiarity with criminal justice issues, such as prisoners’ rights issues, criminal procedure, and habeas corpus;
- Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment.
- Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure;
- Strong organizational skills, including the ability to follow-through on assignments independently, to manage several projects at once, and to be flexible in the event of changing priorities and deadlines.
Location: Washington, D.C.
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED
HOW TO APPLY
Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by e-mail to email@example.com
The MacArthur Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.
The Berkeley Law Policy Advocacy Clinic is seeking to hire a Research &
Policy Fellow to undertake clinic-related research on criminal justice
policy reform. In particular, the fellow will work on research projects
studying the impact of criminal justice debt (fines, fees and
restitution) on youth in the juvenile justice system and homeless people.
The job announcement is here
<https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01569>, and more about the
clinic is here
The recruitment period is open until 11/22/17, and the preferred start
date is January 2018.
Candidates must have a JD, MPP or PhD (or equivalent). Berkeley Law
seeks candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity
in higher education. Qualified women and members of underrepresented
groups are strongly encouraged to apply (the University of California is
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer).
2018 Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellowship – the deadline is November 14, 2017
IJC is a two year immigration legal services fellowship in which we place fellows with legal service providers in the New York area and beyond. Fellows receive training from experts in the field, access to shared resources, and make connections and friends in the field as they launch their immigration careers.
The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law is currently accepting applications for its full-time 10-week summer legal internship program, which will run from June 4, 2018 to August 10, 2018. Applications are due November 1, 2017.