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ProfileFair Housing Legal Fellow The Legal Fellowship is designed for practicing attorneys with 1-3 years of legal experience who are interested in deepening and expanding our Fair Housing practice and developing impact litigation surrounding emerging housing issues (such as zoning, land use, and gentrification). Legal Fellow will join the Lawyers' Committee for two years to help actively develop litigation, including legal challenges to unconstitutional actions at the local, state and federal level. Will support strategic policy advocacy, community outreach, and communication efforts to empower people of color and immigrants across diverse communities and social justice movements. Develop and maintain an independent caseload of litigation in federal and state courts. Ensure development of a consistent pipeline of new litigation that will be co-counseled with the Lawyers' Committee's Member Law Firms. Ensure the measurable quarterly growth of the litigation docket. Participate in community outreach, policy advocacy, legislative advocacy, and community meetings that are strategically aligned with the development of impact litigation and policy reform in targeted areas. Leverage policy advocacy and community outreach to ensure that the Lawyers' Committee remains highly visible across diverse communities and social justice movements. Develop and maintain an independent litigation caseload in state and federal courts. Actively engage in litigation, through the following activities: Devise legal theory and strategy; Evaluate and investigate potential claims; Identify and work with plaintiffs; Conduct all aspects of legal research and analysis; Draft pleadings, motions, and briefs; Conduct depositions and discovery; Engage in trial and appellate work; Negotiate and monitor settlement agreements. Pursue attorneys’ fees awards. Participate in supervision meetings with the Litigation Director and other senior staff to assess and coordinate work. Ensure that all internal and external work is aligned with the Lawyers' Committee's policies, procedures, and protocols. Represent the Lawyers' Committee in meetings with stakeholder and constituent groups, public conferences, and in other outreach efforts that are strategically and concretely aligned with the development of complex litigation and policy advocacy. Participate in traditional media appearances (TV and radio), social media activities, and other communication efforts, including drafting community education materials, press releases, and newsletters.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor. Active member of the Massachusetts bar in good standing is essential. Must have 1-3 years of litigation experience, ideally in housing matters. Excellent writing and analytical skill is essential. Language skills preferred, including the ability to communicate fluently in a language relevant to immigrant communities (including to Mandarin, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole or Spanish). Language skills preferred, including the ability to communicate fluently in a language relevant to immigrant communities. Must have Juris Doctorate degree.
Deadline: July 6, 2018.
Note: This job is 2 Year Position.
Send resume, Cover letter and Writing sample/brief.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
294 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108