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Public Interest Positions

Juvenile Justice Policy Specialist-Montgomery, AL

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s main office in Montgomery, Alabama, seeks an engaging,
experienced, and knowledgeable advocate to fill the position of Juvenile Justice (JJ) Policy Specialist. The
JJ Policy Specialist will be a member of the Alabama Juvenile Justice Team, which works directly with
courts, agencies, elected and appointed officials, non-profit organizations, and youth and their families on a
variety of interconnected state-wide and local initiatives.

Project Background
Juvenile justice reform in Alabama is a collaborative effort involving courts, elected officials, coalitions of
non-profits, and other advocates. Working together over the past three years, these groups have made great
progress in Alabama at the state and local level. The Alabama Juvenile Justice Act of 2008 passed the
Alabama Legislature by unanimous votes in both chambers, four counties have launched detention reform
efforts in collaboration with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
(“JDAI”), and commitments to state juvenile justice facilities have dropped by 30%. More information
about reform efforts in Alabama can be found in the September 2008 issue of the JDAI Newsletter,
available at

The JJ Policy Specialist will:
• Identify challenges and inefficiencies in Alabama’s juvenile justice system; help develop creative and
comprehensive plans to address them; and implement plans in a collaborative manner that achieves
sustainable change. Plans must be collaborative and multi-faceted in nature, and must be realistic in light of
political and fiscal climate.
• Conduct qualitative and quantitative research and analysis on juvenile justice policy and practice,
including statistical analyses;
• Play a leading role in providing technical assistance to JDAI sites and other local pilot programs to help
build community-based solutions for children and courts;
• Foster working relationships with our partners to promote sustainable, data-driven, research-based, and
strength-based juvenile justice policies;
• As appropriate, collaborate with the Center’s other juvenile justice projects to further work in other
Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities
Previous experience in juvenile justice is appreciated but not required. The Center will provide intensive
training sufficient to allow the Policy Specialist to quickly assume a substantive role in current projects and
launch new initiatives. Prerequisites for the position are as follows:
• Graduate degree in public policy, public administration, social work, or law. Exceptional candidates
without graduate degrees will be considered, provided they have significant relevant experience and meet
the other requirements set forth below.
• Ability to develop thoughtful, multi-faceted action plans to approach difficult and complicated policy
questions, integrating statistical analysis, research, and other strategies to develop a thorough understanding
of the issue and build realistic solutions.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including experience building statistical databases and analyzing
financial, budgetary, and other data.
• Demonstrated ability to work well in collaborative settings.
• Commitment to improved outcomes for disadvantaged children, families, and communities.
• Outstanding judgment, initiative and motivation.
• Ability to travel throughout the state.

The Center offers an excellent benefits package and competitive salary. Qualified candidates should send a

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cover letter, resume, and references to: or mail to
Melanie Mulcahy
Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104

Staff Attorney-San Mateo, CA

Position: The attorney will spend one-half of his or her time as a member of our Health Consumer Center,
working with our “Kids in Crisis” project. He or she will provide direct legal services to families of
children with disabilities and will engage in policy advocacy in the areas of Medi-Cal, Healthy Families,
and other health insurance programs for children. In addition, he or she will provide legal services to
children with disabilities in such areas as special education, regional center services, California Children’s
Services, mental health treatment access and SSI. Finally, he or she will provide technical expertise and
trainings to a range of community based organizations, participate in community coalitions and take a
leadership role in projects and/or litigation involving systemic or policy issues impacting large numbers of
low-income children.

The other half of the attorney’s time will be dedicated to the Housing program. He or she will provide
direct legal services to tenants in weekly housing clinics, with a focus on pro per eviction defense, and
assist the senior housing attorney with the supervision and coordination of the housing clinics and clinic
volunteers. The attorney will also represent tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings.

Qualifications: Admission to the California bar. The person hired must have outstanding legal analysis,
research, writing and public speaking skills. She or he must be dedicated to providing high quality legal
assistance to vulnerable populations, and must be self-motivated, able to work independently, and capable
of handling complex legal issues. Bilingual capability in Spanish strongly preferred. Travel throughout San
Mateo County will be required.

How to Apply:

Please email or mail cover letter and resume to:

Judith Goldstein
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
521 E. 5th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94402

Counsel-Washington, DC

The Government Accountability Project (GAP) – – is a non-profit, public interest
organization that promotes government and corporate accountability, and openness and transparency,
principally by advancing protections for employees and others who “blow the whistle” on unlawful
conduct. GAP’s activities include policy advocacy, litigation, legislative outreach, media campaigns and

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coalition building. Current areas of emphasis include homeland security, public health, climate science
integrity, environmental enforcement, and international whistleblower policymaking. GAP is a 31-year-old
national organization with offices in Washington, D.C. and the equivalent of 20 full-time staff.

GAP is searching for an experienced attorney for a two-year position assisting the Homeland Security
Director in carrying out GAP’s client and policy work related to torture, illegal surveillance, excessive
government secrecy, and politically repressive discrimination.

The position reports to the Homeland Security Director and the Executive Director.

Job Duties:
• Implement strategies to protect and assist whistleblowers who expose torture, illegal surveillance,
excessive government secrecy, and politically repressive discrimination..
• Assist with litigation against the government including, but not limited to, whistleblower lawsuits,
Freedom of Information Act requests, and challenges to warrantless wiretapping.
• Investigate violations of human, constitutional and legal rights stemming from U.S. counter-terrorism
policy related to torture, illegal surveillance, excessive government secrecy, and politically repressive
• Conduct both legal and historical research on national security issues.
• Work with and advise national security whistleblowers regarding their disclosures and job retention
• Collaborate on legislative initiatives concerning protection of national security whistleblowers.
• Draft Op-Eds for the mainstream media and Internet blogs on homeland security issues, including but not
limited to telecom immunity, electronic eavesdropping, terrorist watch lists, U.S. terrorism detention
policy, and suspect employment practices in the national security and intelligence arenas. Collaborate with
GAP’s Communications Director in these efforts.
• Participate in coalitions of public advocacy groups and good-government organizations to advance GAP’s
Homeland Security program initiatives in the areas of torture, illegal surveillance, excessive government
secrecy, and politically repressive discrimination.
• Other tasks as assigned.

Position Requirements:
• Law degree
• Strong research and writing skills
• Litigation experience
• Familiarity with whistleblower issues
• Familiarity with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
• Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of whistleblowers, staff and advocates
• Ability to develop and implement advocacy campaigns and programs
• Ability to pursue strategic objectives in a rapid, changing environment

Salary $55,000-65,000, depending upon experience. Benefits include employer-paid health and dental
coverage and retirement plan.

Please submit your application by Friday, April 24, 2009.

The Government Accountability Project is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages minorities and
women to apply. Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample by email (with the words “Homeland

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Security Counsel” in the subject line) to, by fax to Homeland Security
Counsel Search at 202/457-0059, or by mail to:

Government Accountability Project
Homeland Security Counsel Search
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20006

Staff Attorney-West Palm Beach, FL

Florida Rural Legal Services
P.O. Box 219
Fort Myers, FL 33902

Position Description:
 Full-time staff attorney position as a member of the bargaining unit,covered by the union contract.
Attorney will provide civil legal assistance to indigent persons on such matters as housing, public
benefits,employment, and education law.

 Admitted to the FL Bar. Demonstrated commitment to advocacy on behalf of people in poverty. Excellent
oral and written communication skills.

How To Apply:
Send cover letter, current resume, and writing sample to and to the Deputy
Director at No phone calls please.

 FRLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer with generous leave time and benefits also offered. FRLS pays
Bar Admission fees. Paid Bar study leave. Relocation costs and loan repayment assistance also offered as
part of the employment package.

Staff Attorney-Chicago, IL

The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago is seeking a new or experienced attorney to provide a wide range of
legal services to low-income people with HIV/AIDS. This position will include a special focus on working
with families impacted by HIV as part of our Family Options project.

The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago is the only agency in Illinois devoted exclusively to serving the legal
needs of men, women, and children with HIV. Council staff and volunteers serve clients and the
community through individual advice and representation; training and outreach to clients, case managers
and service providers; individual and impact litigation; and administrative and legislative advocacy.

The staff attorney's principal responsibilities include:

Providing representation, legal counsel, and referrals to eligible clients in a wide range of legal areas,
including public benefits, employment, insurance, discrimination, immigration, and estate and permanency

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Planning and implementing outreach and training programs for people with HIV/AIDS, volunteer
attorneys, AIDS service providers, the general public, local businesses, and others regarding HIV-related
legal issues;

Working with the Council’s Family Options Project, including monitoring grant objectives and preparing

Assisting in the supervision and support of volunteer attorneys, law students, and paralegals;

Additional Qualifications:

Applicants must have a J.D. degree and be admitted to the Illinois Bar or be eligible for admission through
reciprocity. Although the Council would prefer an experienced attorney, 2009 graduates will be considered,
conditioned on successful admission to the bar no later than November 2009.

All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to public interest law and the mission of the AIDS Legal
Council. Experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred but not required: Social Security and
other public benefits; discrimination, including disability discrimination; and/or estate planning, including
minor guardianships. Other relevant skills and experiences include experience working with people with
HIV and/or people with mental illness or substance abuse issues.

How to Apply:

Résumé and compelling cover letter to: Ann Hilton Fisher
Executive Director
AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
180 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 2110
Chicago, IL 60601 (preferred)
fax 312 427 8419

Consumer Attorneys-Boston, MA

The National Consumer Law Center® is seeking two attorneys to specialize in consumer issues affecting
low-income Americans. As members of NCLC’s advocacy staff, the attorneys will develop and implement
strategies that help combat exploitive practices in the marketplace. The positions, however, are not
identical. One attorney will concentrate on litigation, while the other will concentrate more heavily on
policy and systemic advocacy. Both positions are in NCLC’s main office in Boston. Some travel is

NCLC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,
religion, age, ethnic background, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law.
Women, persons of color, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Founded in 1969, NCLC is a non-profit advocacy organization that challenges predatory and destructive
business practices that drain income and wealth from low-income families and their communities. NCLC is

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the leading source of legal and public policy expertise on consumer issues for lawyers, federal and state
policymakers, consumer advocates, journalists, and social services providers. Please see our website at


NCLC provides a comprehensive benefits package, including excellent family medical and dental coverage
and four weeks vacation.

Additional Qualifications:

Qualifications for These Positions

-Admission to a state bar and a minimum of one year of relevant experience as an attorney;

-Experience in consumer law issues is preferred but not required. Examples include mortgage lending,
foreclosure defense, sales fraud, credit cards, debt collection, car sales and financing, manufactured
housing, credit reporting, credit discrimination, or consumer bankruptcy;

-Excellent writing, communication and advocacy abilities;

-Outstanding analytical and research skills;

-Creativity and a high level of organization;

-Ability to work independently and with coalitions;

-Demonstrated commitment to working on behalf of low-income consumers.

Responsibilities for Both Positions

-Researching and writing on consumer issues, including for NCLC legal practice manuals, newsletters, and
other publications;

-Providing legal and technical support to private and legal services lawyers, consumer advocates, and
government officials;

-Leading workshops and training sessions for lawyers and advocates;

-Developing and managing projects;

-Contributing to fundraising efforts by obtaining grants and contracts;

-Supervising law students on projects.

Difference in Responsibilities for the Two Positions

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One attorney will work almost exclusively on the listed job duties, but will also work on selected high-
impact cases as part of NCLC’s litigation project.

The other attorney will spend a substantial amount of time on the listed job duties, but will spend the
majority of his or her time working closely with NCLC’s two senior litigators to research, develop and co-
counsel a wide variety of consumer litigation, primarily high-impact class actions and test cases.

How to Apply:

If Interested

Please send a cover letter, your résumé, a short legal writing sample, and three references via email to: Please reference “Consumer Attorney” in the subject line of your email, and be
sure to indicate in your cover letter which position or positions you are applying for.

Applications should be submitted by April 15, 2009, but will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Please do not mail or fax your application.


General Counsel-Boston, MA

Fund for the Public Interest is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as its chief in-house counsel on all
legal matters, including corporate governance, employment, contracts, and risk management.


The Fund is a national nonprofit organization working to increase the visibility, membership, and political
power of the progressive movement. The Fund partners with some of the nation’s leading environmental
and public interest groups, including USPIRG, Environment America, Progressive Future, and Green

Each year, the Fund and our partners raise nearly $20 million to promote issues like health care reform and
a sustainable energy strategy, and to break the stranglehold that special interests have on the nation. We
educate citizens, craft public policy solutions, lobby, register voters, and organize citizens. We recruit,
train, and employ hundreds of staff; we organize thousands of volunteers.

The Fund’s General Counsel works with our leadership nationwide to oversee the growth of the Fund and
many of our partners, and to ensure legal compliance in carrying out the organizations’ missions.

Job Description
The Fund’s in-house counsel department provides legal services to the Fund and many of its partners on a
variety of matters and practice areas, including employment law, First Amendment law, non-profit
corporate and tax compliance, charitable solicitation regulation, and contracts.

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Responsibilities of the General Counsel include:

• Employment Practices: Advising on employment matters and employment benefits systems, ensuring
compliance with employment laws, and defending against employment-related claims.

• Corporate and Tax Compliance: Overseeing corporate board meetings and fostering sound corporate
governance practices, maintaining the organizations' good standing with federal and state corporate and tax
regulators and ensuring compliance with IRS guidelines relating to lobbying and political activities of
nonprofit organizations.

• First Amendment: Defending the right to conduct door-to-door canvassing in cities and towns across the
country and of students to organize by opposing undue restrictions of free speech.

• Advising: Advising staff across the country on legal questions, troubleshooting problems, drafting and
reviewing contracts and other legal documents, addressing litigation issues, and responding to other matters
in a variety of legal practice areas.

• Risk Management: Working with Fund leaders to reduce liability risk by adopting policies that protect
the organizations from undue legal exposure.

• Operations: Overseeing and working alongside a team of two Assistant General Counsel and an
administrator, creating an annual budget for the department, and managing systems.

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with relevant experience. An outstanding benefits package includes health care
coverage, educational loan assistance, a retirement plan, paid vacation and sick days, parental leave, and a
dependent care assistance program. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are

Boston, MA or Denver, CO

Additional Qualifications:

Candidates must have a J.D. and at least five years of practical legal experience, as well as a demonstrated
commitment to nonprofit and political work.

Successful candidates will bring most or all of the following skills and attributes to the position:
• Excellent verbal communication, research and writing skills;
• Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in diverse legal subject areas;
• A team orientation that combines congeniality, creativity, and a no-nonsense focus on goals to drive and
motivate others;
• An outstanding work ethic and an entrepreneurial mindset;
• Enthusiasm for the Fund’s mission and commitment to grassroots social change;

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• Experience managing staff; and
• Prior experience working with nonprofit organizations.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to Hiring Director Jeff Sprague at Please specify which position you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail,
and be sure to mention where you saw our job advertised. Fund for the Public Interest is an equal
opportunity employer.

SSI Attorney-Edison, NJ

Legal Services of New Jersey, a non-profit organization, has an opening for an attorney experienced in
SSI/SSDIB cases. You will represent clients before the Social Security Office of Hearings and Appeals, the
Appeals Council and Federal Court, as well as assist non-attorney case handlers in presenting SSI
applications by providing legal and technical direction. Some statewide travel.

Additional Qualifications:

Previous SSI/SSDIB exp., and demonstrated ability in communicating with low-income people who may
be coping with a variety of physical and behavioral issues required. Bi-lingual/Spanish is a plus.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, which must include the state and date of bar admissions and salary requirements, along
with 2 short writing samples to

Supervising Director-Bronx, NY

Legal Services NYC-Bronx seeks a supervising director for its Foreclosure Prevention Project. The Project
will provide information, advice, and representation to low-income Bronx homeowners who face
foreclosure due to predatory lending. The attorney will direct complex litigation in federal and New York
courts, as well as community education and policy advocacy. The Project will work with attorneys in other
foreclosure prevention programs around the City and country. Applicants must have substantial litigation
experience, a commitment to public interest law, excellent legal research, writing and communication
skills, and the ability with a diverse staff and diverse clients. Management or supervisory experience and
knowledge of foreclosure law are highly desirable, but not absolutely required.

How to Apply:

To apply, forward a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary requirements to including Job # 10-2009 -Bronx – Supervisor Foreclosure on the Subject Line.

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Appellate Attorney-Brooklyn, NY

The Children’s Law Center, a non-profit law firm representing children in custody/visitation, guardianship,
paternity, and domestic violence cases in the Family Courts and Integrated Domestic Violence Parts of the
NY Supreme Court, and on appeal, has an immediate opening for a full-time appellate attorney in its
Brooklyn office.

Position involves preparing motions, summations and other trial level documents in the Family Courts and
IDV parts, as well as appellate briefs in the Appellate Divisions.

Extensive collaboration with trial attorneys in connection with motion practice in the trial courts and ample
opportunities to appear in the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.

Additional Qualifications:

Must possess excellent writing skills at a well advanced and professionally creative level.
Currently licensed to practice law in the State of New York.
Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of New York.
At least two years legal experience in matrimonial, family or child welfare law preferred.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, résumé and writing sample by mail or fax to:

The Children’s Law Center
Human Resources Department
44 Court Street, 11th Floor
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
FAX (718) 522-7376

Associate General Counsel-New York, NY

Description: The Associate General Counsel will provide key support to the Chief Operating Officer and
the General Counsel in all areas of work and play a leadership role in providing legal services for this large
(US$40 million) international non-profit based in New York. The position responsibilities will include:
providing legal counsel and guidance to various arms of the organization in particular the Human
Resources, Finance, Administration, Operations, and Development departments; reviewing, negotiating and
approving contracts and licenses, leases, registrations, and other legal documents; providing and obtaining
legal advice with relation to the internationalization of our operations including establishing foreign offices,
and handling employment, tax and benefits issues; ensuring organizational legal compliance with U.S. and
foreign law, helping to develop and implement organizational policies and creating systems to ensure
compliance with policies; providing proactive advice and conducting research into legal opportunities and
obstacles for a prominent human rights advocacy organization; helping to build and maintain a worldwide
network of pro bono and paid counsel; and undertaking special projects as assigned, consistent with the
qualifications and authority associated with this position.

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The position is full time, and offers exposure to a broad range of issues and the opportunity to work with a
diverse and collegial staff on a variety of projects at any given time.

Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and generous
employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in
obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices
and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its
in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy
campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights policies and practices of governments and
international institutions.

Additional Qualifications:

Qualifications: Candidates should have an undergraduate degree and a law degree (LLB or JD) with license
to practice law in New York State, and no less than 7 years of full-time work experience dealing with a
wide range of legal issues. Specific experience with employment law and non-profit issues is highly
desirable. Candidates must be willing to educate themselves in areas of law in which they lack direct
experience, so as to fulfill the full range of job responsibilities. We are looking for candidates who have the
experience, knowledge and judgment to be able to provide accurate and timely legal advice on a day-to-day
basis with limited direct supervision. In particular, candidates should be able to demonstrate their ability to
build strong working relationships with internal clients, and the ability to work closely and collegially with
all stakeholders. Candidates should have a track record of providing practical, hands-on support to a wide
range of stakeholders. The successful candidate will have proven skills in problem-solving, policy
implementation, and working with clients to develop viable solutions that mitigate risk while enabling
organizational priorities to be achieved efficiently. Experience in a fast-paced, high profile environment is
highly desirable. Applicants must have superb written and oral communications skills in English, a track
record of high quality professional skill and excellent time-management and prioritization abilities.

How to Apply:

PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing a letter of interest,
resume, names or letters of reference, a complete description of your corporate practice experience and a
brief writing sample (unedited by others) to Please use "Associate General Counsel Ref.
LGL-09-1012-D" as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred
that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a
submission between email and regular post) to:

Human Rights Watch
Attn: Search Committee (Associate General Counsel Ref. LGL-09-1012-D)
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Fax: + 1-212-736-1300

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Matrimonial Attorney-New York, NY


Union legal service plan in Manhattan seeks attorney with minimum 2 years NY matrimonial experience.
Family law, residential real estate, consumer, housing, and public interest experience a plus, as is admission
to NJ bar. Excellent benefits. Start July 13.

Additional Qualifications:

Admitted to New York bar

How to Apply:

Email cover letter, salary requirements and resume to, subject,

Staff Attorney-Klamath Falls, OR

Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Klamath Falls Regional Office
403 Pine Street, Suite 250
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Position Description:
Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking an attorney for a full-time position in its Klamath Falls

BACKGROUND: LASO is an effective, high quality legal services program with a mission to achieve
justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. LASO’s fifteen offices include a statewide Migrant
Program, a Native American Program, and regional offices throughout the state. The Klamath Falls office
provides civil legal services to low-income clients in Klamath and Lake Counties in cases involving family
law, housing law, elder, and public benefits.

Located in the south central region of Oregon and bordering northern California, Klamath Falls sits on the
southern shore of the Upper Klamath Lake, nestled in the Klamath Basin on the eastern slopes of the
Cascade Mountains. Klamath Falls enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine each year. The city of Klamath Falls
has a population of approximately 42,000.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining a varied caseload, with
primary focus on domestic violence issues. There is also the potential that the attorney will also be
responsible for every area practiced in the office. In addition to litigation, duties may include outreach to
community groups and travel in the two county area.


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QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent legal skills, proven interest in poverty law, 0 - 5 years experience, and
membership in the Oregon Bar or willingness to take next bar exam. Litigation experience preferred.
Spanish-speaking skills are a bonus.

How To Apply:
APPLICATIONS: Send resume and letter of interest to:

Drew Hartnett
Regional Director
Klamath Falls Regional Director
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
403 Pine Street, Suite 250
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
FAX (541) 273-8872

Staff Attorney-Portland, OR

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking an attorney for a full-time position in its Multnomah
County office.

BACKGROUND: LASO is an effective, high quality legal services program committed to achieving
justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. LASO’s fifteen offices include regional offices
throughout the state, a statewide Migrant Program, a Native American Program, and the Community
Development Law Center. The Multnomah County Office is located in the heart of downtown Portland and
serves low-income clients in Multnomah County. In addition the office coordinates a number of pro bono
projects through its Volunteer Lawyers Project.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The attorney will be responsible for maintaining a varied poverty caseload,
including public benefits, housing, family, elder, and employment law.

 QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent legal skills, 1 - 8 years experience. Spanish, Vietnamese or Russian
language skills a plus. Oregon Bar membership or willingness to take next bar exam.

How To Apply:
APPLICATIONS: Send resume and letter of interest to:

Leslie Kay
Regional Director
Multnomah County Office
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
921 SW Washington, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97205
FAX (503) 295-9496

Research and Writing Specialist-Pittsburgh, PA

The research and writing specialist is an attorney position which provides research and writing support to
the Federal Public Defender and Assistant Federal Public Defenders. Primary duties include drafting
motions, briefs or legal memoranda, and consulting with attorneys to develop legal strategies. The research
and writing specialist does not ordinarily sign pleadings or make court appearances.

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 The successful applicant must be a graduate from an accredited law school and a member in good standing
of a state bar. Applicants should have a commitment to providing quality representation to indigent
defendants and have a reputation for personal integrity. Strong computer legal research, word processing,
and interpersonal communication skills are essential for this position, as is the ability to analyze legal issues
from lengthy, complex records and write clearly and concisely. Successful applicants will be able to
prioritize projects and work both independently and cooperatively. A minimum of two years comparable
work experience is required. Research and writing attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

How To Apply:
 Qualified applicants should, no later than May 31, 2009, send by mail a letter of interest, a current and
detailed resume, and the names and contact information for two work references who may be contacted to:

Federal Public Defender
1450 Liberty Center
1001 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3714

Staff Attorney-Pittsburgh, PA


Neighborhood Legal Services Association has a (one year) attorney position available to provide legal
services to indigent residents in Allegheny County who are directed to NLSA through a Medical Legal
Partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Braddock. Applicants must demonstrate a
commitment to providing legal services to lower income individuals, ability to develop and provide power
point trainings, and be licensed to practice law in this Commonwealth. Salary: DOE Reply by April 28,
2009 to

Phyllis J. Stevens

Neighborhood Legal

Services Association, 928 Penn Ave. Pgh, PA 15222

Asylum Attorney-Dallas, TX

The successful candidate must be a passionate human rights advocate and an exceptional attorney. The
person must work to promote HRI’s mission and cultivate strong ties with the individuals, organizations,
and funders key to the success of the Asylum Program (AP).

• Juris Doctor Degree – Licensed to practice in any state, preferably the state of Texas.
• At least one year of experience in Immigration and Nationality Law, specifically in asylum law or
litigation a plus. Alternatively, a good candidate would have three years of legal experience and an ability
to rapidly learn new areas of the law.
• Desire to work with asylum seekers.

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• Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Desire to work in a team environment.
• Foreign language abilities, such as Spanish or French, a plus but not required.


• Direct Client Representation
o Direct representation of asylum seekers and asylees before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services, Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Board of Immigration Appeals for asylum and
related forms of relief (e.g., asylee relative petitions, adjustment of status and employment authorization).
This work includes drafting client affidavits, performing legal and country conditions research, assembling
asylum applications, authoring motions and briefs, and representing clients at hearings and interviews.
o Work collaboratively with other members of the legal staff.
o Govern workflow and conduct all aspects of in-house asylum cases.
o Assist in intake and evaluation of new cases with the legal team.
o Maintain and enhance legal expertise through educational programs and CLEs.

• Pro Bono Program Support
o Support the Coordinator of the Volunteer Program with cases placed with pro bono attorneys.
? Assist in the recruitment and training of volunteers.
? Guide pro bonos with case strategy and legal research.
? Review pro bonos’ affirmative asylum cases prior to submission.
? Assist in preparing pro bonos and clients for interviews at Houston Asylum Office.
? Assist in preparing pro bonos and clients for individual hearings before the Immigration Court.

• Legal Outreach
o Maintain alliances with community groups and other organizations.
o Speak to various groups about HRI.

Reports to Chief Executive Officer.

How to Apply:

For more information please visit:

Samreen Kidwai
HR & Volunteer Program Coordinator

Staff Attorney-Houston, TX

Boat People SOS, Inc. (BPSOS) seeks a full-time attorney to support and expand its Victims of
Exploitation and Trafficking Assistance (VETA), Community Against Domestic Violence (CADV), and
Immigration Service Center Programs. The Programs include direct legal services for survivors of human

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trafficking and domestic violence; direct legal services for Vietnamese immigrants and refugees; outreach
and education for the community; and training and technical assistance for service providers.


Negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications, plus benefits. This position is eligible to apply for
TJAF Loan Repayment Assistance Program.


1. Provide survivors of human trafficking with legal services and referrals in matters including
immigration, employment, family law, and civil rights;
2. Provide survivors of domestic violence with legal services and referrals in matters including immigration
and family law;
3. Recruit, train and mentor pro bono attorneys, volunteers and local service providers assisting human
trafficking and domestic violence survivors;
4. Collaborate with other local, regional, and national providers to strengthen a coalition of service
providers and law enforcement engaged in the issue of human trafficking;
5. Conduct community outreach and education on legal remedies available to trafficking and domestic
violence survivors and to the Vietnamese community regarding immigration options;
6. Provide legal representation to Vietnamese immigrants and refugees on immigration issues including
family-based immigration, refugee adjustment, naturalization, cancellation of removal, disability waivers
for torture survivors, and other avenues of relief; and
7. Represent asylum seekers in asylum and removal proceedings.

1. Clients receive effective, quality service in a timely, professional manner;
2. BPSOS is well-represented among public and private agencies; and
3. Collaborative networks are strengthened and improved to form a seamless network of services for

Additional Qualifications:

1. Juris Doctor from an accredited law school;
2. Admitted to practice law in Texas;
3. Experience in immigration and/or family law;
4. Experience in working with victims of trauma (domestic violence, family violence, sexual assault or
human trafficking);
5. Outreach and training experience;
6. English and Vietnamese fluency preferred; and
7. Bicultural background preferred.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to:

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Human Resources

Staff Attorney-San Antonio, TX

Advocacy, Inc., a non-profit agency representing the rights of people with disabilities, is curently hiring an
Attorney for our San Antonio Regional Office. This person will be responsible for handling complex
litigation in disability law. We require a Texas Law license or ability to obtain one and three years related
experience in either disability law or civil rights law with knowledge of the ADA. We offer a competitive
salary with full company benefits. Qualified applicants should send resume and salary

requirements to:
Judi Alley, 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd. #171E, Austin, TX, 78757. Fax: 512-453-5950

Senior Attorney-Alexandria, VA

Senior Attorney, National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA)
National District Attorneys Association: American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI)
Location: Alexandria, Virginia


NCPCA is seeking a prosecutor with at least five years of experience at the state or local level with
expertise in child abuse, maltreatment, and exploitation. APRI is the Research and Development Division
of the National District Attorneys Association, and serves as a central resource for prosecutors and other
allied professionals. NCPCA provides training and technical assistance, and develops practical,
comprehensive programs and resources that incorporate the latest research, technology and topics of
interest in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, maltreatment, and child sexual exploitation.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced prosecutor with substantial experience investigating and
prosecuting child abuse cases, and in-depth knowledge of various topics including child sexual
exploitation, computer facilitated crimes against children, child homicides, physical abuse, sexual abuse
and criminal neglect. This position is located in Alexandria, Virginia, and a move to the DC Metro Area is

Senior Attorney Responsibilities Include
• Keep current on substantive issues concerning law, research, legislation and best practices
• Provide technical assistance to prosecutors and allied professionals on substantive child abuse topics, trial
and investigative tactics and legislation
• Run national training programs, update these, and develop new programs in response to professionals
• Train multi-disciplinary audiences nationwide on child abuse issues
• Conduct and coordinate trial advocacy training
• Work in partnership with a national network of prosecutors and other professionals from allied fields

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• Research and write on relevant law, substantive child abuse topics relevant to child abuse prosecutors and
allied professionals in publications such as newsletters, law reviews, journal and other formats
• Contribute to the development of grant proposals
• Work with NCPCA attorneys and interns on development of technical assistance and training material

Additional Qualifications:

Senior Attorney Requirements and Qualifications
• J.D. and Bar membership
• 5 + years of criminal prosecution experience at the state or local level
• Demonstrated substantive and specialized knowledge and experience in criminal prosecution in the
specified program area
• Significant jury trial experience
• Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
• The ability to interact with people from a wide range of professions and disciplines
• Strong research and writing skills
• Teaching and training experience strongly desired with experience training law enforcement prosecutors
and other professionals preferred
• Computer skills including Word, PowerPoint etc.
• Proposal writing and grant management experience is helpful

Senior Attorney Travel Requirements
Average travel time can be as much as 8-10 days per month during the busy travel season

How to Apply:

Apply on our Web site ( by using our application. Submit a
writing sample and cover letter with your salary requirements via e-mail to Please identify
the position that you are applying for in your application materials.

Staff Attorney-Milwaukee, WI

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. is seeking a full-time staff attorney to initially work at Legal Action's
outreach office located within the Center for Driver's License Recovery & Employment at MATC, 1027
N.7th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The position will be part of Legal Action's Road to Opportunity project, and initially assigned to the Center
for Driver's License Recovery & Employment. The RTO project assists clients with the elimination of legal
barriers to employment including driver's license advocacy, criminal record and noncustodial parent child
support problems. The Center is operated by Justice 2000, Inc. and Legal Action attorneys provide legal
representation to the Center's clients.

 Ability to work across the broad range of legal areas involved in the Road to Opportunity Project and a
knowledge of at least one of the legal areas encompassed by this project.

Prior legal services or other relevant experience is helpful. Admission to the Wisconsin Bar is required
upon hire. Legal Action has an affirmative action plan for the hiring of members of minority groups and

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women. While academic training and performance as well as the nature and extent of prior legal experience
are considered, review of the applications will also consider the applicant's knowledge and understanding
of the legal problems and needs of low-income persons, commitment to providing legal services to such
persons, prior legal work in the client community or in other programs to aid the poor, ability to
communicate with persons in the client community who speak a language other than English as their
principal language (eg: Spanish), and cultural affinity with the client community.

Legal Action requires a personal commitment to legal services work and a high commitment to providing
quality and aggressive representation in service cases and in impact work. Attorneys must be
knowledgeable in state and federal law and procedures. Attorneys must meet high standards of written and
courtroom advocacy.

Applicants must be able to communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner and work
harmoniously with others.

How To Apply:
 Persons interested in applying for this position should submit a resume, the names of references, a writing
sample, and a law school transcript (if a recent graduate) to:

David A. Pifer
Managing Attorney
Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
230 West Wells Street, Room 800
Milwaukee WI 53203


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