• March 07, 2016 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project in Buffalo, a legal services organization, seeks a fully bilingual Spanish-English Immigration Attorney with at least some experience in immigration litigation to handle a wide array of cases in removal proceedings, as well as other responsibilities under the several grants and contracts of the Immigration Program, including “know your rights” presentations at the detention facility in Batavia, NY.

    This is a staff attorney position under the supervision of the VLP Immigration Project's Supervising Attorney, Sophie Feal.

    Qualifications
    - is admitted to the New York bar or the bar of another state

    - has the means and willingness to travel between the Buffalo office and the federal detention facility in Batavia on a regular basis (a driver’s license is required)

    - has the ability and desire to litigate immigration matters in Buffalo and Batavia Immigration Courts, which includes strong oral and written advocacy skills, a willingness to work independently while also taking direction and operating as part of a team, and the organization required to juggle cases.

    - has the ability to immediately pick up an existing caseload of matters in removal proceedings

    - has the flexibility to handle and array of projects which may involve community education, legal orientations, preparing reports for funders, and mentoring pro bono lawyers

    - has an ability and desire to work with low-income immigrants from all over the world

    - is organized and capable of tracking his/her work carefully for the purpose of grant and contract reporting requirements.


    Application process

    Please send a resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in this position, and contact information for 3 references via email, sfeal@ecbavlp.com, or mail to: 

    Sophie Feal, Esq., 

    ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. 

    237 Main St, Suite 1000 Buffalo, NY 14203 


    VLP is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is based on experience. VLP is a non-profit agency with excellent fringe benefits including fully paid health insurance, a cafeteria plan for dependent care and parking costs, long term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous leave time. The work atmosphere is congenial, respectful and flexible.


  • March 07, 2016 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AUSAs have the opportunity to represent the interests of the United States in the United District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and, in performing this important public service, to exercise responsibility that is unparalleled in any other job that a litigator might undertake.  AUSAs immediately are assigned a challenging docket of cases in any of several units within each Division.


    Qualifications

    Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) and have at least one to two years of post-J.D. experience; possess superior oral and written communication skills, as well as strong character, judgment, and interpersonal skills; have demonstrated the capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment. United States citizenship is required

    Salary

    Assistant United States Attorneys’ pay is administratively determined based, in part, on the number years of professional attorney experience.

    Travel

    Some travel both nation-wide and international may be necessary.


    Application Process

    Applications packages are available here.

    Please send your completed application package to:

    Ms. Terry Williams
    United States Attorney’s Office, SDNY

    One Saint Andrew’s Plaza
    New York, NY 10007

    No telephone calls please.  This is an open continuous announcement to fill current and future vacancies.   The position is open until filled


  • March 06, 2016 8:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The firm of Duffy & Duffy, a plaintiff’s firm, specializing in med mal, general liability and nursing home litigation, seeks a paralegal to work in its Intake Department, which screens incoming new clients together with a variety of related tasks.

    A college degree is necessary and fluency in Spanish is a must.

    Interested applicants are to send their resumes by way of email to Michael Duffy, Esq. at mduffy@duffylaw.com.

  • February 19, 2016 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Since opening its first Harlem school in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools has swiftly grown to 34 high-performing schools, serving 11,000 kids from Bed-Stuy to the Bronx. They are scaling to 100 great schools serving 50,000 children across New York City, bringing transformational change here and across the country.

    Success Academy is seeking a Legal Counsel to join their team -- someone who will advise schools on high-level legal matters. Through conducting legal research, drafting legal memoranda, preparing training materials, conducting investigations, drafting policies and procedures, and assisting in compliance reporting requirements as well as litigation when it arises, among other responsibilities, Legal Counsel will ensure that Success Academy staff can dedicate their time to teaching and learning at our schools. As a key player they will be part of a larger Advisory Team that is working tirelessly to provide support for our schools and scholars.

    As a member of the Advisory Team, the Legal Counsel will work closely with school leaders and other Success Academy departments. Legal Counsel must be someone who has:

    ● Strong research, writing, problem solving, and analytical abilities

    ● Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills

    ● Attention to detail, yet works efficiently

    ● An ability to work well under pressure and keep track of multiple projects/deadlines

    ● An eagerness to learn and a passion for education reform

    To apply

    Please upload a cover letter and resume that outlines your candidacy. Your cover letter should explain in detail your qualifications for the position. Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.  Success Academy Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive. Success Academy offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.

    You can apply here.

    For any additional questions, please feel free to email Pierre Gooding at Pierre.Gooding@successacademies.org





  • February 17, 2016 12:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation ( HHC)  has three openings:  a First Deputy Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General and Assistant Inspector General.   

    You can apply here

    Once you create a profile on the Resume Portal, under the where did you hear about us section you should tag other and list the Dominican Bar Association as the referral source. 

    Once you create a profile, your resume will be in the talent bank which the office uses when they source for senior level positions. 

  • December 24, 2015 8:19 AM | Anonymous member

    Description

    The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice has an opening for a Supervising Attorney in its Brooklyn office. The Supervising Attorney has front-line responsibility for the representation of clients in Criminal and Supreme Court. They directly supervise staff attorneys, investigators, and paralegals in the Complexes and offer tactical and legal advice on cases, observe hearings and trials, train new lawyers and law students, second-chair hearings and trials of junior attorneys, and periodically evaluate the work of staff. The Supervising Attorney generally carries a small caseload and, to facilitate training, frequently invites junior or mid-level attorneys to second-chair their own trials.

    In this position, you will: be responsible for the effective running of and the provision of client services by a complex containing 25-30 attorneys, 2-3 investigators and 2-3 paralegals and support and administrative staff; respond to client concerns about their representation; resolve conflicts among staff, court personnel and other agencies in the criminal justice system; address problems that arise on an emergency basis; monitor standards of performance for the complex; assist in formulating, interpreting and implementing organization policy; represent their offices and the Criminal Defense Practice in interactions with the public and other practice areas of the Society; and perform other duties as assigned.

    The ideal candidate must have: at least five years of experience as a staff attorney or comparable experience that includes felony jury trial experience as lead counsel; comprehensive knowledge of the law of evidence, recent developments in criminal and constitutional law, statutory interpretation, and ethical principles contained in the Rules of Professional Conduct, and all aspects of trial techniques; understanding of the structural workings of the criminal justice system and ability to deal effectively with a broad range of individuals in the criminal justice system, as mediator, bargainer, conciliator and communicator; excellent writing and oral communication skills; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; and excellent courtroom skills

    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 12/8/15 to: jobs-crm@legal-aid.org and include the Job Reference Code: CDP-2015-048 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. 

  • December 24, 2015 8:18 AM | Anonymous member

    Description

    The Parole Revocation Defense Unit has an immediate opening for two full time attorneys. A PRDU Staff Attorney represents clients accused of violating their conditions of release at administrative parole revocation hearings held at the Rikers Island Judicial Center, federal detention facilities, and hospital prison wards throughout New York City. The staff attorneys also appear on behalf of clients at related habeas corpus proceedings, administrative appeals, and other post-conviction proceedings. The practice is fast-paced and litigation-intensive. PRDU maintains offices at 199 Water Street, but attorneys spend significant amounts of time at the Rikers Island Judicial Center meeting clients and handling cases.

    In this position, you will: be responsible for handling parole revocation at all stages, including preliminary hearings, calendar appearances, discovery practice, negotiations, contested hearings and post-conviction hearings; work with unit support staff, paralegals and investigative staff to provide zealous and effective defense representation; partner with PRDU social work team to identify and develop mitigation for clients who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues, physical needs or who are otherwise suitable for alternatives-to-incarceration; and perform other duties as assigned.

    The ideal candidate must have: NYS Bar Admission; strong courtroom skills; a background in criminal and/or administrative law or prison-related litigation is particularly relevant; and fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred

    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, writing sample, references, the Applicant Questionnaire (http://www.legal-aid.org/questionnaire.html) and the Applicant Information Form (http://www.legal-aid.org/info_form.html) electronically in a single PDF document by 12/8/15 to: attorneyjobscriminal@legal-aid.org and include the Job Reference Code: CDP-2015-055 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.

  • December 24, 2015 8:17 AM | Anonymous member

    Description

    New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a nonprofit civil rights law firm committed to advancing equality and civil rights, seeks a dynamic Director to lead its Disability Justice program.

    The Disability Justice Program seeks to ensure equality of opportunity, self-determination, and independence for people with disabilities. In partnership with individuals and community organizations, we advocate for the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities to equal access to a variety of critical services, including education, health care, housing, and police protection. We advocate for individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community with the support services they need, and we combat abuse and neglect within institutions. Our advocacy also encompasses the realm of communication access, specifically the rights of deaf or hard of hearing individuals and limited English proficient individuals with disabilities to participate equally in New York City programs and services.

    This position is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced, creative leader to build on NYLPI's strengths and successes to advance disability justice in New York City. The Director will play a critical leadership role as we continue to adapt our advocacy to meet our communities' ever-changing needs and help build and foster community power.

    Organization Background

    For nearly 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for marginalized New Yorkers. We strive to secure environmental justice for low-income communities of color, create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities and ensure immigrant opportunity.

    NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice and equality.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    The Disability Justice Director will provide strategic leadership for the DJ Program, fostering innovation and collaboration, developing and managing a robust docket of individual and systemic cases and advocacy campaigns, and broadening and deepening our community partnerships. The Disability Justice program currently includes a senior supervising counsel, 4 attorneys, and 5 legal advocates. Reporting to the Legal Director, the DJ Director is responsible for the day-to-day management, professional development, and evaluation of the legal, administrative and advocacy staff in the DJ program. In addition, the DJ Director will maintain an active advocacy docket.

    Key responsibilities include:

    Building and maintaining community partnerships and finding creative, multi-pronged solutions to address discrimination experienced by New Yorkers with disabilities;
    Working with program staff to build effective cases and campaigns;
    Maintaining a culture of bold and collaborative advocacy amongst program staff;
    Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders including client communities, advocacy and community groups, pro bono partners, government agencies, elected and other public officials, the media, and the nonprofit legal community; and
    Supporting fundraising efforts for the program.

    Qualifications

    Experience:

    A minimum of seven years of relevant experience in litigation, policy and/or administrative advocacy. Exceptional candidates with less experience will be considered.
    Management, supervisory, and/or leadership experience in a nonprofit legal program, or equivalent experience demonstrating outstanding skills in those areas.
    A demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in disability rights advocacy.
    Experience on campaigns that use multiple advocacy tools.
    Experience in federal and complex civil litigation strongly desired.
    Experience working productively with the private bar a plus.
    Experience working with coalitions of community members and community-based organizations.

    Credentials:

    Must either be licensed to practice law in the State of New York or be eligible for admission to the New York bar at the time of hiring (must be admitted within one year of hire).
    Must be an attorney in good standing.

    Skills:

    Excellent strategic judgment and the drive to build successful coalition-based campaigns and provide the highest level of individual representation.
    Excellent writing, research, analytic, interpersonal, and public speaking skills.
    Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with a diverse group of clients, community partners, and staff, as well as nonprofit, government, judicial, and business communities.
    Proficiency/fluency in a second language is strongly desired.

    Please send a detailed cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references (including daytime telephone numbers) by December 14, 2015 to jobs@nylpi.orgwith the subject: "Attention: Disability Justice Director Position." Please mention in your e-mail or cover letter where you saw this advertisement. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit us to learn more at www.nylpi.org.

    NYLPI offers salary commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits, including employer-paid health and supplemental disability insurance, dependent and medical flex plans, an outstanding retirement savings plan, and generous paid time off. NYLPI is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to advancing social equality and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We seek to maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity. NYLPI recognizes the ongoing need to foster and support diversity at all levels of the organization.

  • December 24, 2015 8:16 AM | Anonymous member

    Description

    Lambda Legal seeks a Legal Assistant for its Legal Department, in the Midwestern Regional Office in Chicago. The Legal Assistant will assist attorneys with legal research and drafting, preparation and filing of documents in state and federal court and administrative agencies, and working with clients to advance Lambda Legal’s cutting-edge impact litigation and advocacy. The Legal Assistant also will spend some time each month staffing the Legal Help Desk to respond to the public’s requests for help and/or information.

    Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.

    Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and educational work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those living with HIV, including federal and state constitutional law issues; fighting discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing based on gender identity, sexual orientation and HIV; advocacy on behalf of youth in schools or in foster care or juvenile justice systems; ensuring access to health care; challenging bias in the criminal justice system; obtaining legal respect for same-sex couples’ relationships; securing parent-child relationships; advocacy on behalf of LGBT immigrants and those with HIV; working to end LGBT harassment and violence, and related public policy advocacy. Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Obergefell v. Hodges, Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans,Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Bragdon v. Abbott, Glenn v. Brumby, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v. North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, Fields v. Smith and Brandon v. County of Richardson. For more information about Lambda Legal, visit www.lambdalegal.org

    Responsibilities: The Legal Assistant will be responsible for providing legal and administrative support to attorneys who work on an array of priorities within Lambda Legal’s mission. In addition to the production of legal briefs and cite-checking, the Legal Assistant will prepare other legal filings; perform legal and non-legal research; help ensure compliance with all applicable court rules, maintain case files and other organizational systems; draft correspondence; contact court personnel and other attorneys and advocates as necessary; assist in maintaining client relationships, and provide general administrative support to attorneys in the Legal Department. Finally, the Legal Assistant will also help staff the Legal Help Desk intake line, which involves initial pre-screening and information-gathering to identify potential clients, as well as helping callers locate resources.

    Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, self-starting, dependable, able to work well under pressure, a team player, computer-literate. Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, and internet research skills required. Prior legal secretarial or support work is highly desired, and a willingness to develop the specialized knowledge about the legal system and legal documents necessary to perform duties in a law office setting is essential. Familiarity with LexisNexis or Westlaw electronic court filing systems (including the federal judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system), Excel, Worksite and PowerPoint is helpful. Because of the focused and challenging nature of the work Lambda Legal does, a background in or familiarity with issues, legal or otherwise, important to the LGBT community and/or people with HIV will greatly strengthen an application. Ability to handle intake calls, often from people facing crises or significant problems, is critical; thus any experience with hotlines is helpful. Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal represents. Fluency in Spanish is a must. A minimum two-year commitment is required.

    Salary: Mid-30’s, DOE. Excellent employer-paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.

    Application: The target start date for the position is January 4, 2016, though there is some flexibility, and the position is open until filled. Send resume, brief writing sample (five pages or less), and a letter or email explaining your interest in the position and how you learned of the job opening to:

    Amy Shapiro, Legal Administrative Manager
    Lambda Legal, Headquarters
    120 Wall Street, 19th Fl.
    New York, NY 10005
    ashapiro@lambdalegal.org

    Please include the words “Legal Assistant – MRO” on the subject line of the email or first line of the address of the envelope transmitting your application materials.

    No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal will not accept phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

    Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, and people living with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.


  • December 24, 2015 8:15 AM | Anonymous member

    Description

    The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites applications for 2 positions of Director and Legal Fellow for the Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights, who will be hired at the level of Research Scholar and Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School.

    The Director and Legal Fellow will lead an innovative legal research and advocacy program to advance respect for international human rights law and humanitarian law in counterterrorism and armed conflict operations, particularly those undertaken by the United States and its allies.

    Together with the Human Rights Institute’s Faculty Co-Directors, the Director and Legal Fellow will be responsible for collaborating in developing the Project’s programmatic work and strategic agenda, and providing vision, research, writing, and public engagement for the projects. They will provide legal expertise on questions of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, and produce reports, white papers, blog posts and other publications, and solicit relevant research from outside experts. They will organize and actively participate in expert meetings of government and non-government representatives from the U.S. and abroad to explore key legal issues and best practices, and organize legal trainings for journalists, judges, or other groups, often in conjunction with other civil society organizations such as the ICRC. They will design and implement U.S. and international advocacy strategies to promote human rights. The work includes pursuing cutting edge factual, policy, and legal research and engaging with U.S. and foreign governments and civil society advocates on a variety of issues, including: promoting rights-protecting legal and policy standards for the use of armed drones; government investigations of civilian harm; compensation to victims in armed conflict; strengthening legal protections in non-international armed conflict; states’ “support” activities (military training, weapons provision, intelligence) to non state armed actors and other states; training journalists and judges in international law; and related issues.

    The Director and Legal Fellow will report to the Human Rights Institute’s Faculty Co-Directors, but they will have significant independence in developing the work plans for the projects. They will be responsible for managing teams of research assistants, and may have the opportunity to teach in the Human Rights Clinic and supervise Human Rights Clinic students. The positions will also generally contribute to the work of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, including through event planning and grant writing.

    Job Requirements – Applicants should have:
    A J.D. or foreign equivalent law degree;
    Demonstrated commitment to advancing human rights;
    For the Research Scholar, 8 or more years of experience is preferred. For the Associate Research Scholar, 3 or more years of experience is preferred. At either level, the researcher must have experience in law and practice of international humanitarian law and/or human rights;
    Demonstrated ability to manage, provide creative and strategic vision, develop and run new projects
    Excellent legal research and analytic skills, as well as oral and written communication skills;
    Prior experience engaging on humanitarian law and human rights issues with representatives of governments, the UN, civil society, victims and impacted communities in the U.S., Europe, in countries where the U.S. and its allies are engaged militarily, and elsewhere;
    Experience engaging with the general public and the media, writing press releases and conducting interviews, writing blog posts, managing meetings and designing workshops;
    Experience in grant writing and engaging with donor organizations;
    Fluency in at least one foreign language strongly preferred.
    These positions provide a unique opportunity to be a central part of Columbia Law School’s longstanding institutional commitment to human rights scholarship, education and advocacy, both in the academy and beyond. Founded in 1998 by Louis Henkin, the Human Rights Institute sits at the heart of human rights teaching, practice, and research at Columbia Law School. It draws on the law school’s deep human rights tradition to support and influence human rights practice in the United States and around the world. In addition to the two positions posted here, the Institute comprises two Faculty Co-Directors, a Human Rights Clinic, an Executive Director, Administrator, and several additional professionals working in project-specific areas. For further information on the Human Rights Institute, visit our website: https://web.law.columbia.edu/human-rights-institute.

    Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Applicants must apply online through Columbia University’s Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS) at: https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1447873931725.

    Applications are open now, and will be considered on a rolling basis. The positions are available immediately.

    Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. In furtherance of Columbia University’s and Columbia Law School’s fundamental commitment to diversity, minority group members and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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