Katharine Parker, chair of the City Bar’s Disability Law Committee and partner at Proskauer Rose, has been appointed to be a federal magistrate judge in the SDNY (pending completion of the background check). She will be hiring two law clerks probably to start in late October or early November. As part of her effort to attract the most diverse pool of applicants, we wanted to share this information with the affinity bar groups.
Specifically, Ms. Parker believes that good candidates may be litigation attorneys who have been practicing at a firm for a year or two (not right out of law school) and are looking to get the experience of being a law clerk for a year.
Interested attorneys can reach out to her directly at email@example.com.
The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice is seeking a Supervising Attorney to join a dedicated team of managers, staff attorneys, paralegals and social workers in the Citywide Immigration Law Unit to supervise the Immigration Youth Project. The Unit is a recognized leader in the delivery of high quality legal services to immigrants in New York City and surrounding counties.
The Unit provides low -income New Yorkers with free comprehensive immigration services ranging from deportation defense to adjustment of status to Legal Permanent Residence and citizenship applications. The Unit specializes in the intersection between immigration and criminal law and works collaboratively with all practice areas to serve the Society’s diverse immigrant clients through a comprehensive service model. Unit staff represent immigrants before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), before immigration judges in removal proceedings, the Board of Immigration Appeals and in federal court on habeas corpus petitions and petitions for review, and on administrative and judicial appeals. Currently, the Immigration Law Unit is comprised of an attorney-in-charge, five supervising attorneys, twenty-eight staff attorneys, eight paralegals and three social workers, and is located at 199 Water Street in Lower Manhattan.
In this position, you will: directly supervise and mentor staff attorneys, paralegals, social worker and volunteers working with undocumented youth and unaccompanied minor children on the Juvenile and Priority dockets in immigration court, family court and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; assist in monitoring and maintaining a high standard of representation and client service; analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy and supervise implementation of legal strategies; foster and encourage teamwork and communication; develop skills and knowledge of staff members, and coordinate staff training on issues relevant to child welfare work and immigration law; provide oversight to weekly Priority dockets; foster relationships with and respond to the needs of attorneys throughout Legal Aid, particularly to attorneys in the Juvenile Rights Practice and the Criminal Defense Practice; liaison with the New York State Family Courts and the New York Immigration Court; participate in Practice-wide management discussions and decision making; assist with the development, funding, implementation and reporting of programs; respond to client, community and staff concerns; and other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate must have: admission to NYS Bar; a minimum of five years legal practice preferred, with a background in child welfare strongly preferred; comprehensive knowledge of family law, immigration law, and experience litigating cases in family court, immigration court, and before the USCIS Asylum Offices; demonstrated commitment to and experience in working with vulnerable children, public interest law and civil legal services; experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people is strongly desired; experience supervising and mentoring others; excellent writing, analytical and organizational skill; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated commitment to policy advocacy and administrative reform; demonstrated leadership ability and commitment to work in and value collaborative team models. Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required.
TO APPLY: The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, references and the Applicant Information Form (http://www.legal-aid.org/info_form.html) electronically in a single PDF document by 7/31/16 to: Jobs-Civ@legal-aid.org and include the Job Reference Code: CIVIL-2016-012 in all correspondence and in the subject line of your email. If one or more of the required items are missing or if the application is not in a single PDF, your application will not be processed.
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world.
Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a Program Associate to work in its New York office with its Legal Orientation Program (LOP).
The LOP was created to inform detained immigrants about their rights, and the immigration court and detention processes. Vera staff work with federal government partners at EOIR and nonprofit legal service agencies to provide detained people at 35 sites nationwide with basic information about forms of relief from removal, how to represent themselves in immigration court, and how to get legal representation.
Vera staff is responsible for managing service provider networks, including monitoring compliance with subcontracts, providing technical assistance, and conducting program evaluation.
The Program Associate will work closely with the Program Director and Associate Program Director in carrying out the following duties:
· Provide technical assistance to program sites in the form of site visits, on-site training programs, conference calls, individual consultations, and other means as appropriate;
· Conduct site visits of program sites (expect to conduct 6-12 site visits a year) and draft site visit evaluations;
· Plan and execute peer-to-peer on-site training programs for new LOP providers;
· Facilitate regular LOP check-in conference calls;
· Prepare and deliver webinars about LOP best practices, immigration law, and detention;
· Continuously identify promising practices among program sites and devise ways to disseminate information about such practices to encourage implementation elsewhere;
· Coordinate development and review of legal orientation materials (in English and Spanish) and provide meaningful feedback;
· Assist in the preparation of quarterly and annual reports to government partners;
· Represent the Center in public speaking engagements and at professional meetings; and
· Assist on other projects as assigned.
Candidates must possess the following qualifications:
· A JD degree;
· Working knowledge of Spanish;
· A desire to effectuate change in partnership with government;
· Strong writing, research, communication, and facilitation skills;
· Ability to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently; to work collaboratively on a team and manage projects independently; and to successfully balance travel responsibilities with office-based responsibilities;
· Willingness to travel outside of New York City frequently;
· A valid driver’s license;
· Experience with “know your rights” and other community education initiatives strongly preferred;
· Legal, government, or policy work experience strongly preferred;
· Knowledge of immigration, criminal justice, or other justice areas strongly preferred;
· Experience representing detained immigrants and a demonstrated interest in program administration and public policy strongly preferred.
TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter, resume, list of three references, and a brief writing sample (5 pages or less). Online submission is preferred.
However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to
ATTN: Human Resources / CIJ Program Associate recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Flr.
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method of submission (online, mail or fax).
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.
Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.
For more information about Vera, please visit our website, www.vera.org
Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled, or Disadvantaged of Western New York, Inc. (LSED), located in Buffalo, New York seeks an attorney, admitted in New York State with 5+ years experience to be the Project Director for a new Medical/Legal Partnership with the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) to assist patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The ideal candidate must possess compassion for the population to be served, as well as a commitment to breast cancer awareness and prevention efforts.
The Project Coordinator will handle cases on-site at ECMC, develop a referral list of probono attorneys, conduct community education events with ECMC physicians and supervise law students. Previous experience with employment issues is helpful. Employees of LSED must have access to a vehicle and be available weekends and evenings, as needed. Step five on our scale pursuant to a Collective Bargaining Agreement is $54,205, with excellent fringe benefits. Resumes accepted until August 1, 2016. Projected start date is September 15, 2016.
Interview preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a commitment to access to justice for the disenfranchised.
Buffalo has a low cost of living and many cultural and historical attractions. It is on the Forbes list of Best Places for Businesses and Careers and their number one “Most Affordable City” in American in 2014. Buffalo was the subject of Katie Couric’s “American Rising” series in January of 2016.
TO APPLY: Please send resume’ and cover letter to Jessica Fields, CPA, Esq. firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in your cover letter a statement of how you learned about this position.
Legal Services for the Elderly is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, gays, lesbians, bi-sexual and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.
In consultation with co-counsel inside and outside of MALDEF, devises and executes strategic plans in complex litigation through the following activities: conducts depositions and discovery, negotiates and monitors settlement agreements, and pursues attorney fee awards in civil rights litigation; conducts legal research and drafts pleadings, briefs, and administrative complaints; devises investigation plans and investigates potential legal claims; prepares memoranda on budget and legal theory for approval of litigation by MALDEF management; responds to media inquiries, makes public presentations, and prepares community education materials regarding Latino rights; participates in the development of long-term strategic goals and objectives for the assigned program areas and also for the regional office; supervises volunteer and professional support staff assigned to assist litigation programs.
Qualifications and Experience: Juris Doctor or equivalent degree required; active bar membership in one or more states required. Eligibility for active bar membership in California required. Undergraduate or graduate instruction in public policy and/or social sciences is desirable. Federal and state court litigation experience, particularly in area of civil rights, immigration, or employment is desirable. Excellent research, writing, and communication skills required. The successful candidate will have knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues affecting Latino community. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred. A willingness and ability to engage in local and national travel as needed is required.
$52,100 to $95,000+ per year. Fixed salary scale commensurate with years of legal experience. MALDEF's generous benefits package includes: employer paid medical, dental, vision for employees and their eligible dependents; short and long term disability insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; 20 days of personal time (PTO) and eleven paid holidays each year. Posted 6/22/16.
TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter, resume and 3 to 5 page writing sample by email or U.S. Mail. Electronic documents should be in .doc, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf format. Emails should include Your Full Name - Job Location, Job Title in the subject line. A separate application package is required for each position for which you wish to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Attn: Human Resources
634 S. Spring Street, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has an immediate opening for a full time staff attorney in its Tenants’ Rights Unit, focused on Manhattan. This attorney will join a dedicated team of professionals pursuing creative and effective legal strategies to allow low-income New Yorkers to stay in their homes and communities, especially in neighborhoods experiencing rapid development and gentrification.
To be considered for this position, applicants should send an email with a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Applicants must reference “TRU Staff Attorney” in the subject line of the email or the application will not be properly processed. No phone calls please. Principals only. Please note that only those candidates selected for interviews will be notified.
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Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has an opening in their Mt. Vernon office, for a full time VISTA Legal Fellow working on Tenant Engagement and Community Development (TECDev). The VISTA Legal Fellow will work will work with tenants in certain HUD-financed properties in Westchester County, New York, to create opportunities for residents and engage residents in anti-poverty and quality of life programming.
You can apply through their Career Center by including a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references.
The Community Development Project (CDP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks a Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and assistance to grassroots organizations, including nonprofits and small businesses in a variety of areas including incorporation and tax exemption, complying with corporate, employment and tax laws, and real estate and lease issues. The staff attorney will also help groups of workers establish worker-owned cooperative businesses. The position offers a unique opportunity to develop expertise in several areas of the law while building relationships with local community organizers, leaders, and service providers. The position reports to the Supervising Attorney for CDP’s Capacity Building practice. Depending on organizational needs and the candidate’s interests and experience, this position may offer opportunities to work on land use matters, including negotiating community benefits agreements.
Application Instructions: Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, attn.: Gowri Krishna. Please include “Transactional Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and must be received by August 15, 2016.
The Community Development Project (CDP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks a Staff Attorney to provide legal support to grassroots groups on matters related to neighborhood change and development. We believe that legal services focused on land use are a critical way to support responsible, equitable development and to combat gentrification and displacement. CDP’s work in this area has included advocacy around neighborhood rezonings, negotiation of community benefits agreements, participation in citywide coalitions that support equitable development, and litigation challenging proposed developments. The position reports to the Supervising Attorney for CDP’s Capacity Building Practice. Depending on organizational needs and the candidate’s interests and experience, this position may offer opportunities to also work on transactional matters, such as nonprofit and worker cooperative development and support.
Application Instructions: Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to email@example.com, attn: Gowri Krishna. Please include “Land Use Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and must be received by August 15, 2016.
The Senior Counsel develops, leads and manages existing cases pending in state and federal court, and oversees all facets of the litigation process. Under the supervision of the Deputy General Counsel and as part of the Senior Counsel team, the Senior Counsel is accountable for the output of his or her team and for developing strategies to achieve litigation goals in emerging areas of community interest. The Senior Counsel will travel nationally, with particular focus on the east coast, in connection with organizational projects and needs.
To Apply: Send Cover letter, resume and writing sample to:
Director of Human Resources and Operations firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Subject: Senior Counsel
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