Job Details

Site Director Managing Attorney

Company name

Root & Rebound

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Jun 12,2019

Valid Through

Sep 25,2019

Posted on

Mar 27,2019

Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required

Location

Greenville, SC, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Site Director and Managing Attorney,
The candidate will carry out a broad range of advocacy strategies including to impact litigation, policy reform efforts, direct legal services, legal clinics, legal trainings, public education, reentry legal resource development and other programming across South Carolina. On site, this person will manage the SCJC legal and policy team, direct and execute on strategic programming, and support Soteria’s Executive Director and policy staff in carrying out policy initiatives that increase second chance opportunity and reduce barriers for people with criminal records and people in reentry. The first year of the attorney’s work will focus on SC landscape assessment; relationship- and partnership- building; writing, designing and disseminating a SC Roadmap to Reentry Legal Guide (akin to what company has drafted in other states, for example: www.rootandrebound.org/roadmap-to-reentry-guide); piloting and iterating on various methods of second chance legal work; and working with company and Soteria’s Executive Leadership Teams to devise a strategy that considers all legal tools available including impact litigation, legal clinics and direct services, public education and training, and policy advocacy—with the goal of producing a 3-year strategic plan for the SCJC while also launching the work. As our team grows in SC, the Site Director will support in hiring and will manage a junior attorney(s) and/or policy advocate(s) on the SCJC team. Recruit and manage staff attorneys, law clerks, interns, and volunteers to support the legal program. Oversee program administration across South Carolina and carry out administrative tasks such as tracking program activities and outcomes, engaging in/supporting grant reporting, and legal admin as needed, to ensure excellence in program quality, client services, and staffing. Oversee strong data tracking and evaluation. Maintain high levels of communication with the company HQ Office in Oakland, CA.
Research & Planning (strong focus in Year 1 of launching the SCJC): In partnership with company’s National Legal Education & Resource Coordinator, contribute substantive research and writing the first-ever South Carolina Roadmap to Reentry Legal Guide, as well as additional self-help materials, and educational materials for partnering stakeholders and directly impacted individuals. Map the landscape of stakeholders and services providers to connect our clients and system-involved individuals with community support. Build relationships with statewide partners including reentry and social service providers, faith-based communities, government and elected officials, media, employers, schools, and with lawyers and law students (including in the civil legal aid, criminal defense and prosecution, pro bono, and law school communities) to advance the goals of the Second Chance Justice Collaborative.
Work closely with company and Soteria’s Executive Leadership Teams to devise a strategy that considers all legal tools available including impact litigation, legal clinics and direct services, public education and training, and policy advocacy--with the goal of producing a 3-year strategic plan for the SCJC while also launching the work. Community Legal Clinics, Individual Legal Services, and Representation (as appropriate): Working on-site at Soteria CDC as reentry barrier removal and legal navigation specialist for Soteria CDC’s participants and housing residents. Building on the landscape assessment groundwork of company and Soteria’s staff, continue to assess key stakeholders and identify needs and gaps in reentry and civil legal services. Develop and lead the execution of scalable reentry legal services for system-involved people across SC, working in partnership with other legal organizations and pro bono lawyers and law students across the state, including community legal clinics for people with records and their family members, and a statewide reentry legal hotline. Together with the Deputy and Executive Directors, proactively seek out and creatively implement a strategic impact litigation strategy that advances key civil liberties. Coordinate and lead statewide know-your-rights and legal trainings on key reentry topics for system-involved individuals both at Soteria CDC and within the broader community. Recruit and create a panel of pro bono attorneys to assist with legal clinics and take on direct representation. Legal administrative tasks as needed. Lead statewide know-your-rights trainings on key reentry topics for system-involved individuals and their family, including Fair Chance hiring, Education, Housing, Expungement, and other areas of law. Represent company and the Collaborative at community events and public forums, and serve as an ambassador for reentry advocacy issues more broadly.
Develop both impact litigation and legislative strategies with company and Soteria’s Executive Leadership teams, and drive systems change and policy reform through both avenues. Elevate the issues and barriers that system-involved South Carolinians experience to create structural and policy change that advance second chance opportunities and social justice, and utilize a community lawyering/grassroots approach that creates space for people with records to fully participate in policy-making, political and civic processes. Work with and support Soteria CDC’s Executive Director in policy reform initiatives that support the goals of the Second Chance Justice Collaborative by providing legal expertise, client outreach and storybanking, and other contributions as appropriate. Development & Communications: Support fundraising efforts in South Carolina that will sustain and grow the program, including grant-writing support, meetings with local institutional partners, foundations, government agencies, and individual donors. Drive and support PR, Development, Communications, and Storytelling projects about company’s work and collaboration with Soteria in South Carolina. Participate in the grant application and grant reporting process, providing on-the-ground knowledge and information, as needed by company’s Development Team. Support PR, Development, Communications, and Storytelling projects as needed. Must be Licensed to practice law in the state of South Carolina, active and in good standing. Should have 7+ years of practicing law experience. Must have experience working directly with clients and in court representation. Direct experience working with people with records and/or in reentry preferred. Knowledge of criminal justice system and collateral consequences of a criminal record is required.

Additional info

Send a resume, cover letter, two short writing samples, and at least three references (explaining your professional relationship and including their contact information).

Company info

Katherine Katcher
Executive Director
Root & Rebound
1730 Franklin Street
Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94612

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