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Public Interest Positions Public Interest Positions Staff Attorney-Kingman, AZ The Kingman office has a general civil poverty law practice. The staff attorney will be expected to conduct aggressive advocacy on the part of clients including litigation when appropriate, as well as community outreach. Requirements: Member of the Arizona State Bar; eligible to practice under Rule 38 or willing to take next bar exam; have a demonstrated interest in assisting low-income people and in aggressive advocacy. Will consider entry- level lawyers. How To Apply: Send Resume, Writing Sample, 3 Professional and 2 Personal References to: CLS Attorney Hiring Committee COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES P. O. Box 21538 Phoenix, Arizona 85036-1538 Staff Attorney-Oakland, CA The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a non-profit research and advocacy organization that partners with local communities to deliver on the nation’s promise of economic opportunity. NELP is headquartered in New York City, with satellite offices located in Washington, D.C., Michigan, Washington State and California. NELP’s Second Chance Labor Project, based in Oakland, has an opening for a position working on advocacy to reduce unfair barriers to employment of people with criminal records. Specifically, the new hire will staff an initiative enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws that prohibit blanket hiring and firing policies that deny employment to people with criminal records. In addition, the position will support on- going work on selected federal initiatives and with grassroots organizers and policy makers to expand local hiring policies and state policies to promote employment of people with criminal records. Responsibilities • Staff an enforcement campaign to file Title VII charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission targeting employment of people with criminal records. • Provide technical support to organizing groups and policy makers, on local and state policy initiatives that reduce legal barriers to employment of people with criminal records; • Gather, analyze and report on data evaluating the impact of new local and state policies on the employment opportunities of people with criminal records; • Represent NELP in public education forums and other outreach activities. • Provide support for NELP’s Second Chance Labor Project website. 104 Public Interest Positions Additional Qualifications: • Law school graduate with one to five years experience in employment law, criminal defense or civil rights law; • Experience in public policy research and advocacy; • Excellent written and oral communication (Spanish or Asian language ability a plus); • Demonstrated commitment to economic justice and low-income issues. How to Apply: Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. All applications must be received by December 17, 2009. To apply, send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write Oakland Staff Attorney Application‖ in subject heading Attorney Fellowship-San Francisco, CA The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (―The Institute‖) seeks an attorney with a minimum of two years’ litigation experience for a two-year fellowship in San Francisco, California. The Institute is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization. Its mission is to advocate for employee rights by advancing equality and justice in the American workplace. The Institute utilizes a multi- disciplinary approach and a combination of innovative legal strategies, policy development, grassroots advocacy, and public education. The Institute was founded in 2008 by the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the country’s largest professional organization that is exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent employees in cases involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, employee benefits, illegal workplace harassment and retaliation, as well as other employment-related matters. Working hand-in-hand, The Institute and NELA reach broadly—engaging advocates, organizations, coalitions, legislators, academics, agency officials, media, and the public—to create a more just workplace. The Paul H. Tobias Attorney Fellow will further, or in some situations may help to launch, The Institute’s programmatic activities, including: a National Litigation Strategy Project devoted to combating inequality and injustice in the workplace; development of direct service educational programs and publications for underserved constituencies; public education relating to eliminating forced arbitration of employment claims, abolishing the employment at-will doctrine, ensuring a fair and independent judiciary, and other workers’ rights issues; and non-partisan research and development of important issues affecting the American workplace. The Paul H. Tobias Attorney Fellowship is a two-year placement with an annual salary of $45,000, plus benefits. The Fellow will be considered a regular full-time staff member and will attend staff meetings and team meetings with the Executive Director, Legislative & Public Policy Director, and Program Director. Additional Qualifications: Law degree, active bar membership, minimum two years of litigation experience, and a demonstrated commitment to civil rights are required; experience in employment law preferred. The Fellow must possess outstanding legal research, writing and analytic skills; the ability to coordinate and work effectively with 105 Public Interest Positions volunteers and coalition partners; the capability to work independently and produce a high quality work product in a timely manner in a multi-task work environment; a good sense of humor and ability to get along with others. Experience working with or in a nonprofit organization preferred, but not required. Some travel may be required, at the request of the Executive Director. How to Apply: The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and completed application form, including attachments, by January 15, 2010, to: Rebecca M. Hamburg, Program Director The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 2080 San Francisco, CA 94104 email@example.com Project Attorney-Washington, DC The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), a nonprofit, legal services organization has an immediate opening for an experienced Project Attorney to work on child welfare issues as they relate to CLINIC’s National Pro Bono Project for Children. This new position will conduct or arrange legal screenings of all referred children; provide essential information to assigned pro bono legal services providers; and serve as a resource to training and mentoring staff in their ongoing efforts to support involved pro bono legal services providers. The project attorney must have a law degree, be a member of state bar, and at least three years of charitable immigration practice, preferably with child welfare law experience. Bi-lingual (Spanish-English) language skills desired. Generous benefits package. How to Apply: Send letter of interest, resume, references, and salary requirements as soon as possible to: IIP Attorney, Human Resources, CLINIC, 415 Michigan Avenue, NE, #200, Washington, DC 20017. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. FAX: (202) 635-2649. Visit our webpage at www.cliniclegal.org. No telephone calls, please. CLINIC is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, immigrants are encouraged to apply. Staff Attorney-Washington, DC Farmworker Justice is a national organization that empowers migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their wages, working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety and access to justice. FJ engages in monitoring and policy analysis, litigation, advocacy, education and training, and coalition building. FJ, based in Washington, D.C., has a respected national reputation for its high-quality, creative efforts. More information is available at www.farmworkerjustice.org. 106 Public Interest Positions Farmworker Justice is seeking an attorney to help advance our mission of improving the rights of migrant and seasonal farmworkers through litigation and advocacy. This position involves the following responsibilities: * Lead our national impact litigation against private employers and government agencies to improve farmworkers’ labor conditions, immigration status and occupational safety and health. * Participate in and develop coalitions with national, state and local legal service providers and private bar attorneys to improve farmworkers’ access to justice. * Provide legal assistance to farmworkers and farmworker organizations regarding labor, immigration and occupational health and related issues. * Advocate inside federal administrative agencies to improve policies and their enforcement, and assist community-based organizations to conduct such advocacy. * Provide education and training on litigation to legal advocates. * Contribute to other office activities, including analysis of policy and legal developments, speaking engagements, media, strategic planning, etc. Additional Qualifications: Candidates must submit a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample demonstrating the following qualifications: * Law degree (J.D.) and license to practice law in at least one jurisdiction. * At least five years of experience as an attorney. Strong litigation skills. Experience in federal administrative advocacy very helpful. Knowledge of farmworker, labor/employment, occupational safety and health, and/or immigration law a plus. * Strong commitment to the mission of Farmworker Justice and to improving living and working conditions for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Demonstrated commitment to social justice and civil rights for low-wage immigrant workers. * Excellent writing skills, including ability to synthesize information from different sources and present information in a variety of written formats and styles for different audiences (e.g., policy briefs, talking points, articles, proposals, Congressional testimony, concept papers, legal briefs). * Strong communication skills, including ability to represent FJ and discuss policy issues effectively in various settings (internal meetings and meetings with coalition partners, the media, and academics). * Ability to collaborate effectively in multidisciplinary settings, including with attorneys, community leaders, public health professionals, and government officials. * Must be highly organized, with attention to detail, and strong organizational and administrative skills, with ability to work on several tasks simultaneously and meet tight deadlines. * Bilingual (English/Spanish) and comfort speaking Spanish in public is preferred. * Willingness to undertake significant travel within the U.S. and possibly abroad. Salary DOE. Excellent benefits, including generous health insurance and retirement plans. Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or political affiliation. 107 Public Interest Positions How to Apply: Submit cover letter explaining interest and qualifications, resume, and writing sample to email@example.com, or mail to Office Manager, Farmworker Justice, 1126 16th Street, N.W., Suite 270, Washington, D.C. 20036. No phone calls please. Bi-lingual Attorney-Various Locations Georgia Handle a varied caseload in state and federal court and in administrative forums. The attorney will circuit- ride to counties; engage in issues advocacy; conduct outreach activities; and work on various projects with other attorneys and advocates. Ability to speak and write in Spanish is a grant requirement for this position. Curent vacancies in: Albany, Dalton, Gainesville, Savannah Additional Qualifications: Demonstrated interest in working with low-income persons; graduate of an accredited law school; Georgia Bar membership or sit for next available exam; clinical experience in public benefits and other poverty law areas; good writing and oral advocacy skills; good interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with clients, the public, and co-workers; ability to work on computer based system; reliable transportation and a current driver's license. Competitive starting salary, plus GLSP offers a liberal benefits package including; health insurance, loan forgiveness reimbursement for law school loans, vacation and sick leave How to Apply: Send resume', two references, transcript and a recent writing sample to: Phyllis J. Holmen, Executive Director 104 Marietta Street, NW Suite 250 Atlanta, Georgia 30303 firstname.lastname@example.org Special Litigation Counsel-New Orleans, LA The Orleans Public defenders seeks an experienced and highly motivated attorney for the position of Special Litigation Counsel. The Special Litigation Counsel will engage in a wide variety of civil and criminal justice litigation, seeking to vindicate the civil and constitutional rights of clients, and to ensure equal justice to all Orleans Parish citizens. Such litigation includes class action suits to force government agencies to comply with constitutional mandates, either by ceasing unlawful conduct or by instituting steps necessary to prevent the violation of people’s rights. Additionally, the Special Litigation Counsel will anticipate and identify important legal issues affecting OPD clients, and work closely with the Trial Division to ensure that those issues are litigated in a comprehensive and strategic manner, consistent with the stated interest of the client. 108 Public Interest Positions Requirements: It is essential that an applicant: •Possess a law degree from an accredited college or university law school; •Be a lawyer in good standing admitted to the practice of law in the State of Louisiana or achieve admission to the practice of law in Louisiana within one year of hire; • Be able to demonstrate exceptional legal research and writing skills; • Possess the ability to communicate in a clear, concise manner; • Posses significant experience in the delivery of criminal defense services at the trial level; • Demonstrate outstanding problem solving abilities and possess the analytical skills necessary to break down larger problems into smaller contingent challenges; • Possess the organizational skills necessary to manage multiple crises at the same time, responding to each in a calm and efficient manner • Be able to generate creative legal strategies and innovative approaches to complex problems • Be able to support and advise other attorneys on their legal strategies How To Apply: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to CJ Hunt, Administrative Assistant, Orleans Public Defenders. It is preferred that you send your application via email to email@example.com Other sending methods include: Fax: 504-821-5285 Mail: Att: CJ Hunt Orleans Public Defender 2601 Tulane Ave. Suite 700 New Orleans, LA 70119. Staff Attorney-Frederick, MD Handle all functions related to case work from initial intake through representation of clients before all relevant agencies, courts, etc. Representation in CINA (Children In Need of Assistance) cases. Requirements: Admission to Maryland Bar or bar of another jurisdiction and eligible for admission to Maryland Bar required. Child advocacy experience required. Spanish language proficiency desirable. How To Apply: Send letter and resume to: Human Resources Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. 109 Public Interest Positions 500 E. Lexington Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Note: EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Salary: $47,950 and up, depending on experience Assistant Director-Boston, MA Center for Excellence in Tobacco Policy – Assistant Director The Center for Excellence in Tobacco Policy (Center) at New England Law | Boston’s Center for Law and Social Responsibility is seeking a full-time experienced attorney to serve as Assistant Director. Located in downtown Boston and founded in 1908 as the nation’s first law school exclusively for women (coeducational since 1938), New England Law | Boston is a private, independent law school with an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students in both days and evening divisions, and staff/faculty totaling 115. The newly-created Center will work with the New York State Department of Health and communities around New York to develop policies to reduce the availability of tobacco products, protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke, and minimize or remove tobacco advertising. Specific areas of policy research may include: restricting the sale of tobacco products in certain locations; changing the way tobacco products are displayed; raising the price of tobacco products; and prohibiting the use of tobacco products in specified outdoor areas and multi-unit dwellings. Although the Center will work primarily with the New York State tobacco control community, it will be located at New England Law | Boston’s campus in downtown Boston. The position will require occasional travel to New York. General Responsibilities: The Assistant Director will work closely with and report to the Center’s Director to develop the Center’s agenda and implement the Center’s legal research projects. The Assistant Director will supervise the Center’s student law clerks and student volunteers. Legal Oversight & Programmatic Role: The Assistant Director is responsible for the oversight, management and implementation of the substantive legal and policy work of the Center. The Assistant Director has primary responsibility for the following projects: 1.Assessing the tobacco policy needs of the New York tobacco control community and developing research projects in response to identified needs; 2.Supervising the production of all legal content produced by the Center, including website content, newsletters, model policies, fact sheets, legal memoranda, case law reviews, and technical reports; 110 Public Interest Positions 3.Proactively communicating with New York’s tobacco control community to offer technical assistance (through webcasts, conference calls, e-mails, and other avenues of communication); 4.Responding in a timely matter to technical assistance requests; and 5.Developing content for the Center’s seminars and other programming. External Relations: The Assistant Director will become a recognized advocate for tobacco prevention and cessation by presenting seminars to the New York tobacco control community, engaging with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium and other national tobacco control advocates, and, where appropriate, speaking to other external audiences. Tentative start date for the position is 1/4/2010. This position is funded through a five year grant from the New York State Department of Health. New England Law ?Boston, an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal and state law. Additional Qualifications: •Minimum three years as practicing attorney (five years or more preferred). •Prior experience with public policy development and/or policy advocacy required. •Background or experience with tobacco and other public health legal/policy issues strongly preferred. •Prior experience in the supervision of students and volunteers preferred. How to Apply: Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter detailing interest in the position, resume, writing sample and references to the attention of Nancy Scicchitani, Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Policy and Litigation Strategist-Newark, NJ The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey seeks applicants for a full-time position of Racial Justice Policy & Litigation Strategist. The Racial Justice Policy & Litigation Strategist leads the ACLU-NJ advocacy work on civil liberties and rights problems that disproportionately affect people of color. The areas covered by the Racial Justice Program are police practices, criminal justice policy, prison and jail conditions, voting rights, education, and immigration. This newly created position offers a tremendous opportunity for an individual with strong initiative and drive to help shape the ACLU-NJ’s advocacy and eliminate discriminatory policies and practices. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is a nonprofit membership organization devoted to defending and promoting civil rights and liberties. The ACLU-NJ has a staff of 14 who are assisted by numerous volunteers in our fast-paced and friendly downtown Newark office. 111 Public Interest Positions Additional Qualifications: The duties of the Racial Justice Policy & Litigation Strategist include: 1 - Develop and implement proactive strategies for the ACLU-NJ’s Racial Justice Program to advance civil liberties and rights in areas in which people of color are disproportionately affected including the criminal justice system, police practices, prison and jail conditions, immigration, voting rights and education. 2 - Serve as lead attorney on Racial Justice advocacy and litigation. Plan and implement a proactive litigation strategy for Racial Justice. 3 - Provide in-depth legislative and policy analysis on racial justice issues in New Jersey. Draft legislation and policy papers to improve New Jersey law in the Racial Justice arena. Monitor national trends in racial justice advocacy and assess potential for implementation in New Jersey. 4 - Research data, conduct fact-finding and prepare reports regarding how certain policies disproportionately affect people of color. 5 - Write and edit Racial Justice Program public education communications including press releases, web content, pamphlets, correspondence and any other written materials. Keep Racial Justice publications are accurate and up-to-date. 6 - Supervise other Racial Justice program staff and interns and work collaboratively with all ACLU-NJ staff to optimize the impact of our work. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS + Minimum 5 years combined litigation and policy experience, including at least one year supervisory experience + Familiarity with New Jersey courts, state agencies, governmental structure + Strong understanding of and commitment to civil liberties and racial justice + Excellent organizational skills + Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to motivate and interact effectively with people from different racial, social and economic backgrounds + Experience with volunteer-based programs and managing volunteers + Self-motivated, reliable, and skilled at working as part of a team + Public speaking skills and experience. COMPENSATION AND TERMS The ACLU-NJ offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU-NJ compensation scale. 112 Public Interest Positions How to Apply: E-mail a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com with a subject line of ―Job ID 9732‖ Application materials sent via postal mail or fax will not be accepted. Resumes reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until the right person is found. The ACLU-NJ is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Immigration Attorney-Union City, NJ CEUS is looking for a passionate, capable and energetic attorney with a demonstrated commitment to immigrants’ rights and social justice to work two days a week with the Hispanic community. The Staff Attorney will provide legal immigration counseling and services to low-income immigrants and refugees. The attorney is responsible for accepting cases and representing individuals in immigration applications and proceedings, including: NACARA, TPS, family petitions, naturalization, political asylum, work authorization request, Freedom of Information Act request, advanced parole and VAWA domestic violence cases. The Staff Attorney will prepare cases and represent clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Immigration Court, including filing necessary documents. The Staff Attorney will be responsible for representing clients in immigration court for asylum or other forms of relief in removal/deportation cases, appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, or other administrative appeals where appropriate. Furthermore, the Staff Attorney shall be involved in community legal education, advocacy on policy issues, and responding to inquiries from immigrant and other social service providers, when needed. Additional Qualifications: 1. JD and New Jersey Bar Admission. 2. Minimum one to three years experience with immigration law and procedures, especially family immigration, litigation and political asylum. 3. Fluency in English and Spanish. 4. Strong written and oral communication skills 5. Ability to conduct group presentations in Spanish. 6. Ability to communicate effectively and build mutually respectful relationships with co-workers, clients, and the public. 7. Self-motivated, detail oriented, well-organized, able to prioritize assignments and work load. How to Apply: 113 Public Interest Positions To receive a full job description, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit applications with short cover letter and resume to the same email address with the words "CEUS Attorney Position" in the subject line. Managing Attorney-Las Vegas, NM New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) has an opening for a Managing Attorney in its Las Vegas, NM office. NMLA provides free civil legal services for low-income individuals and families in the following practice areas: domestic relations and domestic violence, housing, public benefits, and consumer issues. Duties include the daily management of the Law Office, as well as direct client representation. Requirements: Looking for a highly motivated individual who is passionate and strongly committed to helping the disadvantaged in the community. Three (3) years of legal experience including supervisory responsibilities. Must possess strong written and oral communication skills, as well as law office management experience. The Managing Attorney will oversee litigation, manage an individual caseload and build collaborative relationships within the community. License to practice law in New Mexico preferred, or ability to sit for the next New Mexico Bar Exam. How To Apply: Send Cover Letter, Resume, Writing Sample and 3 references, to: Gloria A. Molinar, NMLA, PO Box 25486, Albuquerque, NM 87125-5486 or email to: email@example.com Attorney-Brooklyn, NY CAMBA Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) is the legal services arm of CAMBA, Inc. CLS provides anti-eviction legal services which include representation in Housing Court, administrative government benefits advocacy, negotiation with landlords and their agents, etc. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The person filling this position is expected, under the direction of the General Counsel, to provide legal assistance to clients of CAMBA Legal Services; including the following: Represent clients in court and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government. Conduct client intake and assessment of client cases. Interview clients and witnesses, as appropriate, in preparation for litigation and/or court proceedings. Prepare settlements and stipulations for housing court. Prepare letters of advocacy when applications are denied. Advise clients of their rights, laws, rulings, and regulations applicable to their case. Gather evidence to formulate defense or to institute legal action on clients’ behalf. Develop legal strategies, arguments, and testimonies in preparation for presentation of cases for trials, hearings, and oral arguments. File motions, briefs, pleadings, legal memos, and appeals with court clerk. Research and interpret laws, rulings, and regulations as they relate to clients' cases. Coordinate follow up advocacy for housing grants. Ensure paralegals conduct proper follow-up with all aspects of cases (i.e. – proper filing and service of court documents, follow-up with administrative and social agencies). Coordinate with other attorneys to ensure case/ intake coverage. 114 Public Interest Positions Provide legal seminars and workshops for various organizations. Attend housing law trainings. Provide all required information for weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual report. Maintain accurate and comprehensive client files including up to date case note documentation. Record all court dates in the shared court calendar. May assist with billing of cases, including the completion of billable hour forms and corresponding affidavits. Additional Qualifications: MINIMUM EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Juris Doctor (J.D.) + Licensed to practice law in NY State OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must be in good standing with NY State Bar Knowledge of, and experience in, housing law preferred Ability to analyze complex rent breakdowns to determine proper amount of rent owed Ability to converse with clients in a language other than English preferred (Haitian/Creole, French, Spanish, Russian, etc.) How to Apply: Please write "Attorney" in subject of e-mail. Please send resume, writing sample, and cover letter to: submitresumes@CAMBA.org Deputy Legal Director-New York, NY The Legal Action Center is a non-profit public interest law firm and policy organization whose mission is to fight discrimination against and protect the privacy of individuals with histories of alcohol or drug problems, HIV/AIDS and criminal records. Through its New York City headquarters and Washington, D.C. office, the Center uses a multi-faceted program of litigation, legal services, education and policy analysis and advocacy to effectuate its mission. The Center is seeking to hire both a Staff attorney and Deputy Legal Director in its New York City office. (See the separate job posting for Staff Attorney.) The Deputy Legal Director will work primarily in the Center’s Legal Department, which helps over 2,500 New Yorkers annually resolve legal problems related to the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, discrimination due to an alcohol/drug history or HIV status, and the violation of privacy rights. The Legal Department also conducts trainings, creates educational materials, and provides legal counsel to health and social service providers, attorneys, government agencies, and policy makers on the federal laws governing the confidentiality of drug and alcohol patient records (including HIPAA), New York State’s HIV privacy law, state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and elsewhere, and other legal. The attorney will report to the Legal Director. Consistent with LAC’s collaborative structure, the attorney also will work informally with LAC’s policy staff to develop non-litigation, systemic solutions to problems faced by LAC’s constituencies. 115 Public Interest Positions The Deputy Legal Director will work closely with the Legal Director and in collaboration with other legal and policy staff to shape and manage the Center’s litigation and legal services programs. The Deputy Legal Director also will conduct litigation and other client advocacy in one or more of Center’s substantive areas, described above. This attorney also will help supervise the staff attorneys’ and pro bono partners’ cases, will supervise the Center’s four paralegals, and will provide legal counsel and training to health and social service providers and government agencies on discrimination and privacy law issues. Responsibilities: • Represent clients in federal and state court as well as in administrative agencies, including in impact litigation, often working with pro bono partners; • Represent clients in non-litigation matters, such as informal advocacy with employers and licensing agencies and advocacy to correct errors on rap sheets and obtain certificates of rehabilitation; • Advise and write publications and analyses for providers and government agencies in many health and social service systems – including alcohol and drug treatment and the criminal justice system – on the legal issues described above. This work includes staffing an attorney hotline; • Conduct trainings for health and social service providers, lawyers, and others working in the re-entry, addiction, and HIV fields. Trainings are primarily in New York State, but some travel to other states may be required; • Develop print and web-based educational materials for clients, service providers and attorneys; • Collaborate with other legal services providers and advocacy groups by participating in task forces and coalitions, making presentations, attending conferences, etc.; • Assist Legal Director in supervising the work of the two staff attorneys and pro bono counsel; • Work with Legal Director and other staff to develop impact litigation and Legal Department strategic plans; • Supervise the Center’s four paralegals, who staff a hotline, advocate for clients with employers and government agencies, summarize and correct errors on rap sheets (including a project at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility), and represent clients at administrative hearings; • Supervise the client services provided by support staff, who screen and direct all client calls, address inquiries from incarcerated persons, and obtain clients’ rap sheets; • Work with Legal Director and Grants Manager to manage several of the grants that fund the Legal Department. This grants/project management includes ensuring completion of work, generating statistical and narrative reports to funders, and preparing grant applications; and • Participate in LAC’s policy work and helping to develop non-litigation approaches to problems faced by LAC’s clients. Additional Qualifications: • J.D., admitted in New York (current law students should not apply) • Strong interest in discrimination, re-entry, health privacy, and civil rights law • At least five to seven years of litigation and/or legal services experience and some supervisory experience • Interest in developing project and organizational management skills • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, and analytic skills. Experience writing for legal and non-legal audience a plus • Demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills 116 Public Interest Positions • Strong networking skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with individuals, organizations and government agencies • Background working with indigent clients and diverse groups of people • Familiarity with legal services and resources in New York • Spanish fluency is a plus How to Apply: • Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits. Please send, fax or e-mail a resume and brief cover letter (no calls), specifying for which position(s) you are applying, to Human Resources-ATTY, Legal Action Center, 225 Varick St., New York, NY 10014. Fax: (212) 675-0286. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employ Project Director-New York, NY The Center for Court Innovation, a public/private partnership that serves as the independent research and development art of the New York State Unified Court System, seeks a creative, energetic person to implement and direct project focused on promoting greater public awareness about the work of New York State courts and fostering greater public trust and confidence in justice. The Center for Courts and Community (the CUBE) seeks to identify and implement cutting edge strategies for outreach to citizens, students and the media. The CUBE has 2 primary goals: increasing awareness and understanding of the courts; and supporting innovative outreach and engagement efforts. The goal is to further enhance the New York Court System’s reputation as a national leader in engaging the community. CUBE will help design a public education campaign to highlight both the traditional and non-traditional work of the courts; create demonstration projects that test new ways for courts to work with communities to solve local problems; and develop programs, like peer-led youth courts, that offer training to teenagers and schools regarding how courts function. The CUBE informs and educates the public about the courts, engages young people across the state in the work of the courts and demonstrates the commitment of the judiciary to understanding and meeting community needs. Since its inception, the Center has conducted extensive research on outreach activities of judges and court system professionals, and developed materials and new platforms for reaching out to inform young people and adults about the work of the courts. Much of the CUBE’s recent work has focused on engaging youth and providing them with the skills, knowledge and other tools they need to become active, informed citizens. For instance, CUBE oversees Center for Court Innovation’s Youth Justice Board, a program that provides a credible voice to young people in the public debate about young people. Responsibilities include: Creating a strategic plan to improve court-community relations statewide; 117 Public Interest Positions Working directly with judges, clerks and other court personnel, as well as members of the public and legal professionals, to devise activities and events; Working with the office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge and with representatives of local civic institutions throughout New York State, developing initiatives designed to foster improved relationships between the courts and constituents; Completing a recommended practices guide for youth courts statewide and coordinating a statewide conference to introduce the final product in youth court professionals across the state. Managing youth engagement programs designed to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to advocate for policy reform and provide positive role models for at-risk youth. Producing written and visual public education materials that describe courts and the roles of the various court players; Designing and implementing demonstration projects that test new ways in which courts can work effectively with local communities to help solve chronic problems; in conjunction with civic organizations and schools, promoting the state-wide expansion of community and school-based peer-led youth courts; Overseeing research to document public attitudes about the justice system and knowledge about the court system; Representing the CUBE at public events and in the media; Fund raising to support the work of the CUBE; Supervising five full-time staff persons, a part-time research and interns. Qualifications: BA required and at least 5 years relevant work experience; JD or Master’s degree a plus Excellent written and verbal communication skills Superior interpersonal skills Ability to work independently and manage projects simultaneously; Fund raising experience preferred; Willingness to travel throughout New York State How to Apply: Please send cover letter, resume and writing sample to: Center for Court Innovation 520 Eighth Avenue, 18th Floor New York, NY 10018 Attention: Alfred Siegel, Deputy Director Fax: (212) 397-0985 Email: email@example.com (please format in Word) Staff Attorney-New York, NY Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes access to the best education New York can provide for all students, especially students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. We use uniquely integrated strategies to advance systemic reform, empower families and communities, and advocate for the educational rights of individual students. AFC works on behalf of children and youth who are at greatest risk of academic failure due to poverty, ethnicity, disability, homelessness, immigration status, limited English proficiency, or involvement in the child 118 Public Interest Positions welfare or juvenile justice systems. AFC is seeking a staff attorney to provide advocacy and legal services to families around their children’s school-related difficulties, including problems relating to early intervention, school enrollment, truancy, literacy, learning disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders. Responsibilities will include direct representation of families at special education administrative hearings and school discipline hearings and case management responsibilities, such as attendance at special education meetings and other school visits. The attorney will also provide training and technical assistance to a range of non-profits to build the capacity of these organizations to address students’ educational issues. Requirements A law degree; admitted in NYS or passed NYS Bar Strong commitment to working with at-risk students The ability to work independently and to manage multiple tasks Excellent written and oral communication skills Bilingual ability a plus AFC is an affirmative action employer that actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff and especially encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or gender expressions and persons of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Anticipated state date: January 2010 How to Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to: Rebecca Zwilling, HR Manager Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. 151 West 30th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10001 Fax (212) 947-9790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Staff Attorney-New York, NY Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) is seeking a staff attorney to work on issues of discrimination based upon gender identity and expression, and to provide legal support to our Name Change Project. One to three years of relevant litigation experience, civil rights practice or work in the transgender community strongly preferred. TLDEF is a not-for-profit civil rights law firm committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts. The Name Change Project provides free and low-cost legal name changes to community members through TLDEF’s partnerships with some of New York City’s most prestigious law firms. 119 Public Interest Positions Responsibilities: The staff attorney will be working in a busy social justice law practice, using a range of advocacy strategies, including litigation, direct legal services through the Name Change Project, legislative advocacy & policy reform, media, public education, community organizing, and advocacy with administrative agencies. The docket will include a range of civil rights issues in access to public accommodations, including health care, housing, and employment, as well as the provision of legal support to the Name Change Project. Criteria: Applications are encouraged from attorneys with one to three years of relevant litigation experience. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the struggle against discrimination based on gender identity and expression, and to achieving equality for transgender people. Applicants must have top litigation skills, determination, and a passion for working with and on behalf of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Excellent writing, analytic and public speaking skills are essential, as is the ability to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. The ability to speak Spanish is a strong plus. TLDEF is an affirmative action employer. Transgender and gender non-conforming people, lesbians, gay men, people of color and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. How to Apply: Please send applications to TLDEF, 151 West 19th Street, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10011. Applications by email to email@example.com are encouraged. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references (including daytime telephone numbers). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be submitted by December 15, 2009. Staff Attorney-New York, NY The Legal Action Center is a non-profit public interest law firm and policy organization whose mission is to fight discrimination against and protect the privacy of individuals with histories of alcohol or drug problems, HIV/AIDS and criminal records. Through its New York City headquarters and Washington, D.C. office, the Center uses a multi-faceted program of litigation, legal services, education and policy analysis and advocacy to effectuate its mission. The Center is seeking to hire both a Staff attorney and Deputy Legal Director in its New York City office. (See the separate job posting for Deputy Legal Director.) The Staff Attorney will work primarily in the Center’s Legal Department, which helps over 2,500 New Yorkers annually resolve legal problems related to the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, discrimination due to an alcohol/drug history or HIV status, and the violation of privacy rights. The Legal Department also conducts trainings, creates educational materials, and provides legal counsel to health and social service providers, attorneys, government agencies, and policy makers on the federal laws governing the confidentiality of drug and alcohol patient records (including HIPAA), New York State’s HIV privacy law, state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and elsewhere, and other legal. The attorney will report to the Legal Director. Consistent with LAC’s collaborative structure, the attorney also will work informally with LAC’s policy staff to develop non-litigation, systemic solutions to problems faced by LAC’s constituencies. 120 Public Interest Positions The Staff Attorney will conduct litigation and other client advocacy in all of the Center’s substantive areas, described above. The Staff Attorney also will provide legal counsel and training to health and social service providers and government agencies on discrimination and privacy law issues. Responsibilities: • Represent clients in federal and state court as well as in administrative agencies, including in impact litigation, often working with pro bono partners; • Represent clients with non-litigation matters, such as informal advocacy with employers and advocacy to correct errors on rap sheets and obtain certificates of rehabilitation; • Advise and write publications and analyses for providers and government agencies in many health and social service systems – including alcohol and drug treatment and the criminal justice system. Topics include the federal laws governing the confidentiality of drug and alcohol patient records (including HIPAA), New York State’s HIV privacy law, state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, voting, and other areas, as well as other legal issues affecting the Center’s constituencies. This work includes staffing an attorney hotline. • Conduct trainings for health and social service providers, lawyers, and others working in the re-entry, addiction, and HIV fields. Trainings are primarily in New York State, but some travel to other states may be required; • Develop print and web-based educational materials for clients, service providers and attorneys; • Collaborate with other legal services providers and advocacy groups by participating in task forces and coalitions, making presentations, attending conferences, etc. • Participate in LAC’s policy work and helping to develop non-litigation approaches to problems faced by LAC’s clients. Additional Qualifications: • J.D., admitted in New York (current law students should not apply) • Strong interest in discrimination, re-entry, health privacy, and civil rights law • At least 2 years of litigation and/or legal services experience preferred • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, and analytic skills. Experience writing for legal and non-legal audience a plus • Demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, and organizational skills • Strong networking skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with individuals, organizations and government agencies • Background working with indigent clients and diverse groups of people • Spanish fluency is a plus How to Apply: Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits. Please send, fax or e-mail a resume and brief cover letter (no calls), specifying for which position(s) you are applying, to Human Resources-ATTY, Legal Action Center, 225 Varick St., New York, NY 10014. Fax: (212) 675-0286. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Only 121 Public Interest Positions candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer Attorney-Rochester, NY ADMISSION TO THE NEW YORK STATE BAR A MUST. Typical Duties: Presents cases before administrative tribunals and courts; researches and analyzes legal questions and issues and prepares confidential reports, memoranda, legal papers, and briefs; interviews litigants, witnesses, and other parties to administrative and judicial proceedings; drafts correspondence related to case inquiries. Assignment: This position will cover the Rochester MHLS office and counties surrounding this office, and includes representation of sex offenders alleged to be suffering from a mental abnormality in civil commitment proceedings, including trials. Extensive travel without reliance on public carriers is necessary for this position. Application procedures: All interested persons to submit a UCS-5 Application for Employment Form obtainable from the web http:\\www.nycourts.gov\careers\UCS5.pdf and a resume to Emmett J. Creahan Director Mental Hygiene Legal Service M. Dolores Denman Courthouse 50 East Avenue, Suite 402 Rochester, NY 14604 Assistant Capital Defender-Arlington, VA The Northern Virginia Capital Defender Office ("NoVA CDO")emphasizes team-based defense and is committed to the following values: • Excellence in the provision of capital defender services for indigent defendants, accepting that ABA Guidelines for high quality representation in capital case set a minimum standard in the field; • Client-centered and relationship-based work that respects the humanity and dignity of all involved in the criminal justice system; and • Innovation and creativity in the provision of capital defense services. Duties: As part of a defense team, the attorney will provide effective assistance of counsel in accordance with the ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases, including: • Development and maintenance of positive and productive working relationships with clients and significant other case participants; • Legal research, analysis, and writing of motions and briefs; • Investigation and preparation of evidence for pre-trial hearings, trials, and post-trial hearings; • Development and implementation of case theory, investigation, and litigation strategies; • Preparation for pre-trial, trial, and post-trial negotiations and litigation; • Identification, selection, preparation, and presentation of expert witnesses; • Courtroom advocacy in pre-trial, trial, post-trial, and appellate proceedings; • Management and maintenance of case files and additional materials; • Attendance at, and participation in, in-house and external trainings directed to improving and enhancing the attorney’s skill set in the provision of capital defender services; 122 Public Interest Positions • Assisting in design, preparation, and presentation of in-house and external trainings in areas of specialized knowledge or interest; • Providing litigation support on a consultative basis to other capital defense practitioners; and • Additional services and duties as the needs of the office dictate. Requirements: Applications will be judged according to the following criteria (in no particular order); applicants are expected to address the criteria in their application. Minimum Qualifications: • Either admitted , or eligible for admission, to the Virginia State Bar; • Significant criminal defense experience; • A commitment to working with clients in poverty; • A commitment to excellence in the provision of capital defender services; • Creativity and energy in approaching indigent defense and capital representation; • Strengths in team work, client relations, and relationship building; • Demonstrated skill and experience in written and oral advocacy; and • Valid driver’s license, with the ability and willingness to travel within and without the state, including travel to courts and various correctional institutions. Preferred Qualifications: • Experience in capital defense casework; • Experience or training concerning mental health issues associated with the criminal justice system; • Experience working with disadvantaged client groups; • Computer literacy, including but not limited to, the use of Microsoft Office applications, as well as spreadsheet, database programs, and case management software; and • Spanish language fluency. How To Apply: Applicants should submit (1) a completed state application, (2) a cover letter with attached legal writing sample, (3) a resume (―curriculum vitae‖), and (4) references online to Virginia State Job’s website, http://jobs.virginia.gov, and search under Virginia Indigent Defense Commission or use the quick link below. Inquiries should be directed to Edward J. Ungvarsky, Capital Defender, at 703.875.0103 or email@example.com. The position will remain open until filled. https://jobs.agencies.virginia.gov/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=419258 Staff Attorney-Seattle, WA NWIRP seeks a committed, Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to work with the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. Under the LOP, which is funded by the Executive Office for Immigration Review and managed by the Vera Institute, private nonprofit agencies give detained individuals essential information about court procedures and available options for legal relief prior to their immigration hearing. The LOP consists of four primary components: 123 Public Interest Positions (1) group orientations; (2) individual sessions; (3) self-help training in the form of pro se workshops; and (4) referral of cases to pro bono attorneys. NWIRP seeks an attorney to work with all aspects of the LOP program. In addition to LOP work, the attorney will also provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings. This position will be located at the NWIRP office in Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma is located approximately 35 miles south of Seattle. The attorney will also spend a significant amount of time working at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses 1200-1575 people from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and overflow from other states. REPORTS TO: Supervising Attorney of the Tacoma Office RESPONSIBILITIES: •Conduct daily presentations, workshops and consultations in Spanish and English to persons detained at the immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington; •Conduct self-help workshops for unrepresented detainees seeking relief from removal; •Under the Supervising Attorney, communicate regularly with ICE, GEO, and EOIR; •Perform administrative tasks related to LOP presentations; •Provide direct representation to clients on the detained docket before the Department of Homeland Security and before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (NOTE: Time allocated towards direct representation is not covered under the LOP and is covered by funding that is separate and apart from funding allocated by the DOJ); •Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws and trends in immigration law, particularly as it impacts low-income immigrants and refugees ; and •Engage in outreach and education in the area of immigrant rights. Additional Qualifications: PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES: •Law degree; •Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S. (or a recent law graduate who has taken the bar or is taking the bar in February 2010); •Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights; •Excellent written and oral communication skills; •Commitment to working in a diverse and challenging working environment; •Fluent in English and Spanish; •Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently; and •Proficiency in use of MS Word, MS Access, and MS Excel. How to Apply: 124 Public Interest Positions To APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and references to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ―Tacoma Attorney‖. Review of applications will begin immediately, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 125
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