Enjoy the summer sun and browsing through these new job opportunities

Due July 1: Attorney Advisers – Social Security Administration

Join the Social Security Administration as an Attorney Adviser and start your career as a member of the largest adjudicatory system in the western world!

Attorney Advisers write complex, legally sufficient decisions issued by our 1,500 Administrative Law Judges. They must be able to identify and research complex policy and legal issues, work independently, and possess excellent organization and writing skills.

We are hiring a large number of attorneys to assist our Administrative Law Judges in our hearings operations at our Richmond, California National Case Assistance Center (NCAC). With a workforce of more than 60,000 employees nationwide, we offer challenging and meaningful work and the opportunity for continued growth and advancement throughout your career. Best of all you will be helping those in need, on a daily basis!

Submit your application package via email to SF.CA.RO.HRC.Details@ssa.gov or fax to 510-970-2677. We will begin reviewing resumes as early as July 1, 2015.

Due July 1: PUBLIC WELFARE FOUNDATION – Program Officer, Criminal Justice

The Public Welfare Foundation, a national foundation with assets of more than $500 million based in Washington, DC, is seeking a Program Officer who will oversee our grantmaking in the area of Criminal Justice.  The position reports to the President.

The Foundation’s Criminal Justice program is concerned that more than two million people are incarcerated in the United States – the largest inmate population in the world.  The number is growing daily, in large part because of harsh sentencing laws that impose excessively long sentences, even for non-violent offenders. The vast majority of prisoners are sentenced and housed in the states. Importantly, 60 percent of the people in prison are racial and ethnic minorities. Locking up increasing numbers of people – disproportionately people of color — at great expense to taxpayers, and later releasing them with little access to rehabilitation and drug treatment services, has not made our streets safe.

For eight years through our Criminal Justice program, the Foundation has worked to end overincarceration of adult offenders in the U.S., also aiming to reduce racial disparity. To advance this goal moving forward, the Program Officer will concentrate our grantmaking primarily on significantly reducing incarceration through sentencing reform. With more than 80 percent of prisoners sentenced and housed in the states, our program will focus largely on a range of reform efforts to reduce lengths of sentences affecting state prisoners.  

The Program Officer will confer with criminal justice policymakers, criminal justice agency leaders, scholars, and advocates to identify and assess opportunities for improvement and advancement which can help shape the grantmaking program and further refine our program guidelines. The Program Officer will engage with current grantees and seek out other potential grantees, work to develop ideas worthy of funding, review and evaluate grant applications, and recommend grant awards. S/he will network continually and develop relationships with knowledgeable experts, other grantmakers, policymakers, and community-based advocates to help support productive, innovative, and promising reform work within the field.

Interested candidates may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to Human Resources, Public Welfare Foundation, 1200 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Applications are to be submitted via email only: hr@publicwelfare.org.

Due July 2: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF LOS ANGELES – Staff Attorney

Under the supervision of the Immigration Legal Services Division Director, the Staff Attorney will provide high quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants. Responsibilities include representing immigrants who qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) in immigration court and in various family courts.

  • Providing legal representation to unaccompanied minors in immigration and family court to obtain SIJS.
  • Representing minors in probate court, dependency court or family court to obtain predicate orders supporting SIJS.
  • In-office consultation for clients including asylum, U-visa, T-visa, VAWA, SIJS, detention and removal relief and any other applicable relief.
  • Representing clients in immigration court with asylum, cancellation, adjustment of status or any other applicable remedy.
  • Preparing and filing supporting documentation for court cases.
  • Researching and writing motions and briefs related to court cases.
  • Legal researching and writing for asylum cases.
  • Maintaining client databases, case notes, and files for caseload as determined with the Division Director.
  • Conducting community outreach to clients regarding available remedies under the Immigration Law.
  • Attending meetings and conferences as directed.
  • Keeping accurate records and maintains confidentiality.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

International Institute of Los Angeles (IILA) is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are required to complete an IILA employment application. IILA will not accept resumes in lieu of an employment application. Send resume and application to:

Veronica Leon, International Institute of Los Angeles

3845 Selig Place

Los Angeles, CA 90031

(323) 224-3800

vleon@iilosangeles.org

Due July 6: FINANCIAL INDUSTRY REGULATORY AUTHORITY (FINRA) – Legal Externship

Ombudsman externs assist staff in reviewing issues raised by firms and their employees, public investors or any business or individual that voices concerns about operations, enforcement or other FINRA activities. Externs perform a variety of tasks including research, analyses and writing, document review, preparation for interviews, contributing to case responses, as well as providing assistance in developing reports to other FINRA business areas.

  • Externs in a Legal course of study may be assigned research and analysis focused on securities industry rules and procedures.
  • Externs in a Business course of study may be assigned research and analysis focused on historical Ombudsman case trends, as well as current industry practices.
  • Externs in a Dispute Resolution course of study may be assigned research and analysis pertaining to cases where Dispute Resolution knowledge is valued.

Applicants must apply through the Ombudsman extern posting on http://www.finra.org/AboutFINRA/Careers/index.htm. The cover letter should explain why the applicant is interested in the externship and the qualifications that make him/her an appropriate candidate. A list of references and a writing sample will also be required at the interview stage.

 All successful applicants will be required to pass a drug screening test and a background check prior to starting work.

Due July 10: Partnership for Public Service – Public Service Fellows

The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

Fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events and projects to help revitalize the federal government. True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term. Fellows also receive the following stipends:

Full-time fellows with an undergraduate or graduate degree receive $1000 per month. Full-time fellows who are currently undergraduate students receive $800 per month. Stipends for part-time fellows will be pro-rated accordingly.
The Partnership strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government. We seek extraordinary undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with:

  • A commitment to public service
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Analytical thinking
  • An ability to work well in teams
  • There is no single academic major or background we prefer over another—if you share our passion and are committed to developing your skills while gaining valuable experience, we want to hear from you!

The application for the Fall 2015 term closes on Friday, July 10. Apply today!

Due September 1: CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – Fall externship

The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit organization that works for the civil and human rights of insular minorities, including prisoners in solitary confinement, immigrants, refugees, children, and indigenous peoples.

Currently, we are working on a motion to enforce Flores v. Johnson (Case No. CV 85-4544-DMG (AGRx)), a class action settlement on behalf of children apprehended at the border. We are involved in policy work related to prisoners in solitary confinement and immigration reform. We are developing a report on the need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S. and also advocating for executive pardon and a parole hearing in the case of Mutulu Shakur.

The Center seeks dynamic law students with a strong commitment to social justice to help the Center advocate for prisoners in solitary confinement, immigrants, refugees, unaccompanied children, and other vulnerable communities.

Law clerks will work closely with the Center’s Director and Staff Attorney in developing legal strategies, conducting legal and policy research, and developing advocacy projects and advocacy materials.

Applicants for Summer and Fall law clerk opportunities should provide a cover letter and a resume. Please send the completed package by email only to: Marta Escobar, Administrator, admin@centerforhumanrights.org.

Public Defender Association – Civil Rights Community Organizer

The Public Defender Association (PDA), a civil rights and justice system reform organization in Seattle, Washington, is launching a grassroots membership organization dedicated to building the power of low-income people affected by the drug war, mass incarceration, and HIV/AIDS to create healthy and just communities. Modeled after VOCAL-NY, the project is a semi-autonomous project of the Public Defender Association.

This position is focused on engaging community members in advocacy and activism. Applicants must be flexible, creative, and willing to start building from the ground up! The structure and method of this project will be closely modeled on VOCAL-NY, and the selected applicant will be expected to work with and receive guidance from VOCAL staff who are consulting on this effort, as well as from PDA staff.

Position Description

PDA seeks a talented individual interested in creating grassroots political power as part of a small, but dynamic, team. The community organizer will support leadership development, community empowerment and civic engagement among low-income people who are impacted by mass incarceration, and promote their participation in planning and policymaking that affects their lives.

Job activities are varied and may include: community outreach; mobilization; leadership development; base-building; event coordination; monitoring the implementation of legislation; data collection and analysis; communications and media outreach; and creating public education and advocacy materials. Some administrative tasks (e.g. phone calls, data entry) are assigned as needed

Please send a cover letter and résumé to Patricia Sully, patricia [dot] sully [at] defender [dot] org. In the subject line, please put “Organizer [Your Name]”. No phone calls please.

The position will remain open until filled.

ACLU – VOTER ENGAGEMENT ADVOCATE (Yakima)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a Yakima-based Voter Engagement Advocate.

Voting among Latinos in Yakima has been low because the system of voting for the City Council did not provide Latinos an opportunity to elect individuals of their choosing.  As a result of a recent lawsuit brought by the ACLU-WA, the election of Yakima City Council members has been restructured into seven single member districts, two of which are largely Latino.  The ACLU-WA wishes to help the community educate Latino voters about the importance of voting, voter eligibility, and how to register to vote.  The Voter Engagement Advocate is part of the Field Department, and is supervised by the Field Director based in Seattle.  The Voter Engagement Advocate will be responsible for implementing our non-partisan voter education campaign to engage new voters in the upcoming 2015 City of Yakima elections.

Whether it’s ending mass incarceration and police brutality, achieving full equality for LGBT people, protecting privacy in the digital age, preserving the right to vote, or ensuring reproductive freedom, the ACLU is willing to take on tough civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. And we’re successful. In the past year in Washington state, we’ve won a lawsuit for a gay couple who was denied service by their local florist, a major victory for Latino voting rights in Yakima, and a ruling that stops the horrific practice of warehousing mentally ill persons in jails without mental health treatment, and much more. The ACLU stands for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin.

To apply, email a letter of application and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email:  your last name and Voter Engagement Advocate. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.ACLU-WA.org/AboutUs/Jobs.

NARAL PRO-CHOICE NY AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH – Fall Legal Externship

The National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice New York are affiliated organizations partner organizations that promote reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive health care in New York and in cities and states across the country. NARAL Pro-Choice New York is the leading pro-choice political and advocacy organization in New York State. The National Institute for Reproductive Health works through a partnership model in cities and states across the U.S. to promote a proactive and unapologetic approach to reproductive health, rights, and justice. Through strategic risk-taking and a focus on long-term change, the National Institute galvanizes public support, changes public policy, and expands access to reproductive health care, with a specific focus on abortion. By building connections between and among partner organizations, developing proactive policy strategies, and providing capacity-building assistance, we are strengthening local and state movements, and thus shifting the culture on the national level.

 The law clerk/legal intern should expect to engage in policy analysis of key pieces of state legislation across the country; perform legal research and draft legal memoranda to advance our policy priorities; and gain experience working in state and national coalitions working to advance reproductive rights.

Please email a resume, cover letter, and legal writing sample to internships@prochoiceny.org with subject line “Legal Intern”. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.