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Attorney in New York City, NY

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Company name

Open Society Foundations

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type



USA New York City, NY

Date Last Verified

Sep 15,2017

Posted on

Aug 26,2017

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Litigation Fellow Fellow will support the litigation across the breadth of its thematic and geographic areas of function. Rather than work on one project, will work on multiple cases at the same time, giving them a broad experience. Will work on reflect the varied roles that a human rights lawyer plays. Support to the Justice Initiative’s litigation efforts will involve a range of long-term and short-term cases, on various different themes, and across all of the regional human rights systems. Will undertake research on legal issues, respond to procedural questions, prepare draft pleadings, attend case conference and other meetings, and, where possible, engage with clients and witnesses and attend court hearings. Will also gain experience in the other tools that are often essential to successful strategic litigation, including research, national and international advocacy, media work, and community engagement. Will work on some cases over a long period of time, whereas for others the fellow may have to engage on a discrete issue at short notice. Support to the Justice Initiative’s casework may also include updating the website, filing reviews, evaluating our litigation and legal advice, and preparing legal research and analysis for litigation. Will also benefit from the Justice Initiative’s intensive training on the concept and practice of human rights litigation. Will be involved in preparing and delivering litigation workshops on specific themes, regional human rights meetings that focus on practice before specific tribunals, and the CEU Summer School on Human Rights Litigation. Will involve travel in order to attend these events. Will also be involved in international discussions and seminars on various aspects of strategic litigation. This will give them a much deeper understanding of strategic litigation, and build contacts with lawyers around the world. Write occasional blogs for the Open Society Foundations’ Voices or Case Watch pages, with additional public writing encouraged as opportunity permits.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Law Degree, and 5+ years practical experience in the human rights field; Exceptional legal analysis, research and writing skills; A high degree of English proficiency (speaking, writing, and reading) is required. Ability to work in a second language (including French, Spanish, German, Russian, or Arabic) is also required; Proven ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment; to troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, consistently on schedule, without loss of attention to detail and budget; Good written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills; Strong listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences; Ability to show discretion and to handle confidential issues; High level of self-motivation and at ease working independently when necessary; Poised, work well under pressure and attentive to detail; Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects and ability to prioritize tasks; Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers, and the general public; and interested in working with a global public interest litigating organization.
Start Date: January 2018.
Deadline: 5PM Eastern Standard Time on September 22, 2017.

Additional info

Send statement of purpose of up to 2 pages detailing the applicant’s interest and experience in human rights, generally, and the Litigation Fellowship, specifically, Curriculum Vitae, legal writing sample that has not been (or has been only minimally) e

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Open Society Foundations
224 West 57th Street
New York City, NY 10019