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  • February 23, 2019 11:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Become a Racial Justice Institute Fellow
    Application Deadline: February 28

    The fight against racism is at the heart of the fight against poverty in America. And legal aid and public interest lawyers and advocates are key to achieving important systemic changes that dismantle racial oppression.

    Gain the skills to advance race equity through the Racial Justice Institute. Applications are due on February 28, 2019; learn more and apply today

    Through a combination of online and onsite learning activities over a six-month period, fellows selected to participate in the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law's Racial Justice Institute develop their capacity to engage successfully in racial justice advocacy within their daily practice, organization, and community. Following completion of the program, Racial Justice Institute fellows join a growing network of over 200 advocates working on race equity issues across the country.

    The Racial Justice Institute gave me the confidence
    and framework to more clearly understand and
    boldly speak on issues through a racial justice lens.

    –Candace Moore, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

    Applications to the Racial Justice Institute are invited from racial equity teams that include at least one legal aid or other public interest lawyer serving low-income people or communities of color. Learn more about the program on our websiteOr watch a recording of our recent online open house, at which we answered questions about the program and heard from past fellows about their equity team projects. Applications are due on February 28, 2019. For more information, contact Janerick Holmes

    Put race front and center in your advocacy work on behalf of low-income people and communities.Apply to the Racial Justice Institute today.


  • February 23, 2019 10:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City of Chicago Law Department is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor to direct attorneys in the LIP Division representing the City in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) matters, document production, electronic discovery (e-discovery), and Local Records Act (LRA) matters.  The Assistant Corporation Counsel Supervisor (ACCS) will work under the direct supervision of the Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Legal Information group and under the general supervision of the City Prosecutor.  The ACCS will work closely with various City Departments and officials, including the Mayor’s Office and the Chicago Police Department, regarding document identification and production in response to high profile FOIA requests.  The ACCS will have supervisory responsibility over various matters, including but not limited to client counseling and training on FOIA, record retention, record preservation and production issues, Public Access Counselor (PAC) appeal letters, and litigation in state and federal court.  The ACCS will handle all phases of litigation on his/her own cases, including preparing pleadings and motions of varying complexity, appearing in court for case management conferences, conducting settlement conferences and motion hearings, compiling discovery, and drafting and arguing motions for summary judgment.  This work involves voluminous document reviews, awareness briefings, and redaction projects.  The ACCS has supervisory responsibility over Assistant Corporation Counsel and all phases of their assigned cases, trainings, and projects.

     

    The following information should not be considered exhaustive. Interested applicants should read the full posting found at www.cityofchicago.org/careers (Job Number: 319385).

     

    Qualifications

    Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree in or before 2008 and admission to the Illinois Bar (or eligible for admission on motion to the Illinois Bar pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 705). 

     

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Ideal candidates will possess:

     

    • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in state and/or federal court;
    • A minimum of five (5) years of experience litigating FOIA cases in state court;
    • Superior writing, research, and editing skills;
    • Excellent logic skills and the ability to think, act, and prioritize quickly;
    • Exceptional client counseling and organizational skills;
    • Superior communication skills (written/verbal);
    • Demonstrated use of sound judgment;
    • The ability to work well with others;
    • The ability to communicate well with others including groups and high level officials;
    • Demonstrated leadership ability and initiative on assigned tasks; and
    • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and control workflow deadlines.

     

    Preference may be given to candidates possessing the following:

    • Ten (10) years of experience handling matters involving governmental agencies.
    • Extensive experience responding to FOIA requests and/or handling FOIA matters before the Public Access Counselor.
    • Experience with client counseling and training on FOIA, record retention, record preservation, and production issues.
    • Experience with document review on large document production matters.
    • Experience providing client counseling, including to high level officials.
    • Experience working with short deadlines.
    • Experience working with the media.

     

    Application Process and Materials

    There is a two-step application process for this position.  All application materials are due on or before February 25, 2019.

    Step One:  You must submit an on-line application along with your resume at www.cityofchicago.org/careers by February 25, 2019.

    Step TwoIn addition to the on-line application, and regardless of whether such materials were uploaded with your on-line application, the following materials must be submitted in hard copy to City of Chicago Department of Law’s Legal Recruiter, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1640, Chicago, IL 60602:

    • Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above;
    • Resume;
    • Law school transcript (official or unofficial);
    • Two writing samples; and
    • Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at www.iardc.org (or your admitted state bar's equivalent).

     

    Failure to submit all materials will result in your application not being considered for the position.

     

    NOTE REGARDING SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS: The foregoing materials must be submitted in person (interoffice delivery of application materials will not be accepted) or received via U.S. Mail or another similar mailing method (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL) at the address noted above on or before February 25, 2019; late submissions shall result in your application not being considered for the position.  Should you wish to confirm receipt of your materials, please use a traceable delivery method.

     

    NOTE REGARDING ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Please do not submit references with your hard copy materials.  Please do not send to us any materials other than those we have specifically requested above.  Submission of references and/or additional materials with your hard copy materials other than what is specifically requested above shall result in your application not being considered for the position.

     

    Please note that the submission deadline for BOTH the online application and the hard-copy material is February 25, 2019.

     

    NOTE REGARDING QUESTIONS: If you have any questions regarding how to apply, please contact the Department of Human Resources. Please note that due to the volume of applications we receive, the Recruiting and Personnel Sections in the Department of Law are not able to take or return emails or phone calls seeking any information pertaining to the position or the process.  Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. 

    Thank you for your interest in the City of Chicago Department of Law.


  • February 16, 2019 9:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 35,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City, consisting primarily of defense of indigent clients in criminal, family, and immigration courts. BDS represents clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs, in a high volume and fast-paced setting. We seek to fill an attorney position in our Immigrant Youth and Communities (“Y&C”) team. 

    BDS’s Immigration Practice is a robust team of over thirty-five attorneys, three BIA accredited representatives, three social workers, twelve paralegals and administrative staff, and three legal fellows. Our Immigration Practice has three teams: Padilla, Y&C, and NYIFUP. The Padilla team advises our criminal defense colleagues and helps devise strategies to minimize the immigration impact of our clients’ criminal and family court proceedings. The Y&C team screens clients for relief, and helps clients apply for citizenship, permanent residence, visas for domestic violence or trafficking victims, TPS, DACA, and other immigration benefits. The team also represents clients in non-detained removal proceedings. Our New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) team has been serving as assigned counsel under NYIFUP, a first-in-the-nation program that provides legal representation for indigent New Yorkers in detained removal proceedings at the Varick Street Immigration Court and in New Jersey. BDS is a pioneer in federal court habeas corpus practice and has a robust federal court and appellate docket of immigration cases. Our teams work collaboratively and frequently train together. We are committed to professional development, sustainability, and self-care in this critical time to stand up for the rights of immigrants in our community.

    Brief Description of Job

    Our Y&C team is an integral part of our Immigration Practice and provides a full range of immigration legal services to immigrant youth and in Brooklyn and throughout NYC. Launched in 2012, our Y&C team is designed to provide legal assistance to pursue affirmative immigration benefits including: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), family-based adjustment of status, naturalization, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), DACA, and humanitarian relief. We also represent a significant number of respondents in non-detained removal proceedings. Finally, we advise our Family Defense Practice clients about the immigration consequences of Article 10 (abuse/neglect) proceedings in Family Court.

    Qualifications:

    We seek a dynamic lawyer with immigration experience representing in both affirmative applications and removal defense cases. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights, criminal justice, and social justice issues. Applicants must possess a demonstrated ability to perform nuanced legal research and writing at the highest standard. They must engage in effective written and oral communication, be a team player, and have the organizational and time management skills required to manage a high volume of cases and an associated record keeping. They must work effectively and respectfully with indigent clients, including clients challenged with mental illness, trauma, and poverty. 

    Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred; fluency in other languages (such as Haitian Creole, French, Russian, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese) is also a valuable consideration

     Deadline (if applicable):

    Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled. However, submission by February 28, 2019 is strongly encouraged. 

    Salary:

    Salary will be commensurate with experience and within the parameters of BDS’s compensation scale.

    How to Apply:

    Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, at least two references, and a writing sample to immigrationjobs@bds.org. Include "BDS Y&C Immigration Attorney" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only applicants invited for interviews will be contacted.

    https://www.bds.org


  • February 16, 2019 9:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Deputy Director will be responsible for advancing campaigns and growing support for FFJC’s reform efforts in Florida. Under the direction of the Florida State Director, the Deputy Director will develop relationships with other organizations, particularly community-based organizations; as well as state and local legislators; justice-system stakeholders, including prosecutors, public defenders, court clerks, law enforcement and judges; the faith community; and the business community. The Deputy Director will contribute to strategy development and leadership.

    This position’s location is flexible, though Central or South Florida are preferred.

    For more information and to apply CLICK HERE.


  • February 16, 2019 9:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Fines & Fees Justice Center (FFJC) seeks National Campaign Director. FFJC is a national center for advocacy, information, and collaboration on effective solutions to the unjust and harmful imposition and enforcement of fines and fees in the justice system. FFJC’s mission is to create a justice system that treats individual’s fairly, ensures public safety and is funded equitably. FFJC works with justice system stakeholders and affected communities to end abusive collection practices, eliminate fees in the justice system, and make fines proportional to the offense and the individual.

    For more information CLICK HERE.

  • February 16, 2019 8:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization’s annual operating budget is over $30 million. Serving more than 87,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 290, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nylag.org.

    Job Description:  The Special Education Unit(SEU) at the New York Legal Assistance Group seeks a skilled full time lawyer to join our staff. The SEU represents low-income families throughout New York City whose special needs children are not receiving the free appropriate public education guaranteed by federal and state law. We are looking for someone who will be able to immediately assume responsibility for an existing caseload. Such work will include filing Due Process Complaints, representing clients at impartial hearings, negotiating settlement agreements, filing appeals as needed with the State Review Office and in federal court, advising private lawyers who have taken on special education cases, and mentoring summer interns, volunteers and paralegals. 
    A successful applicant must appreciate the importance of collaborating with SEU colleagues.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Screen clients for special education representation; 
    • Gather and analyze relevant documents;
    • Analysis of legal issues; 
    • Provide legal advice; 
    • Keep abreast of the law and procedures within the field of Special Education; 
    • Legal research; 
    • Draft legal documents, including Due Process Complaints, and appeals to the State Review Office and federal court; 
    • Represent clients at Impartial Hearings and other forums; 
    • Mentor law students, volunteers, and pro bono attorneys; and 
    • Conduct and develop educational trainings for the community, partners, or agencies. 


    Qualifications:
    • Admission to the New York State bar;
    • Three years of experience working in the field of special education; 
    • Excellent writing, speaking and organizational skills; 
    • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, community organizations, attorneys, the judiciary and the public; 
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative setting with other professionals; and
    • Ability to speak Spanish a plus but not required
    • Experience working with diverse groups


    To Apply CLICK HERE.


  • February 16, 2019 8:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunication s Partnership (HTTP) is seeking a new Executive Director.  

    Below is the Announcement for the position.



  • February 16, 2019 8:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Office of Congressional Information and Publishing (CIP) is seeking a Legislative Analyst to join its Legislative Analysis and Information Section (LAIS). The Legislative Analyst contributes to the Office of Congressional Information and Publishing’s mandate to produce legislative information for the United States Congress.

     

    The Legislative Analyst applies extensive specialized knowledge in one or more subject fields (e.g., criminal law, environmental law and regulation, international law, etc.) and comprehensive knowledge of the operations, rules, procedures, and organization of the United States Congress to the analysis of Federal legislation; writes official digests and other authoritative summaries of Federal legislation in one or more subject fields (e.g., criminal law, environmental law and regulation, international law, etc.). These digests/summaries are mandated by statute and are utilized as authoritative resources by lawmakers, policymakers, academics, and members of the public who are seeking accurate, objective descriptions of both new and amended Federal legislation; and consults with congressional staff and committees to assess and review new or unusual circumstances, variations in approach, and incomplete or conflicting information encountered during the process of digesting Federal legislation.

     

    Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

     

    CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity. Interested applicants must apply online

    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/524230500


  • February 16, 2019 8:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Criminal Justice Act Committee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is accepting applications for service on the Court's Criminal Justice Act Panel.  

    Please refer to the attachments here -->

    2019 CJA Panel Announcement.pdf

    2019 CJA Application.pdf

    The announcement has also been posted to the Court's website,www.ca2.uscourts.gov.


  • February 16, 2019 8:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) recruits highly motivated and qualified attorneys to provide outstanding legal services to the Social Security Administration. Attorneys at OGC have the opportunity to serve the American public, and to make a difference.

    See New York OGC recruitment flyer is attached here -->SSA OGC Attorney flyer (10.31.2018).pdf

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