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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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Northeast Civil Rights Area Counsel DUTIES: Direct and guide Regional Directors and other regional staff on the handling of complaints alleging civil rights violations, including school-based complaints, for the entire multi-state area. Undertake research, engage in correspondence and provide guidance to regional offices concerning follow up with complainants and government officials. Build relationships with local attorneys and law firms with regard to preparation of amicus briefs for League. Review and research legislative initiatives for the area including advising regional staff on pending legislation and its impact on League’s mission and policies. When appropriate, organize, coordinate and implement advocacy campaigns, sometimes involving multiple regional offices in the same state, in support of or opposition to relevant legislative proposals, including preparing and delivering testimony on League’s behalf and lobbying key decision-makers. Work with national Legal Affairs staff to draft new legislative initiatives, and take the lead in promoting such initiatives to applicable stakeholders. Serve as a critical resource on issues such as hate crimes, bullying, separation of church and state, immigration reform, discrimination, civil liberties, and free speech for regional staff, lay leaders, constituents, government and school officials and the media. Develop and provide civil rights training programs and workshops, including Continuing Legal Education courses, for educators, community members, lay leaders, law enforcement, and lawyers. Develop and deliver training programs on hate crimes, bullying and other relevant issues for key law enforcement personnel. Represent League by speaking at regional conferences, local public events, colleges and community forums and other platforms on discrimination, hate crimes, bullying, immigration, civil liberties, separation of church and state, racial justice, and other relevant issues. Participate in community coalitions and foster partnerships with other regional civil rights organizations. Assist in developing agendas and programs for regional Civil Rights Committees. Respond to media inquiries about League’s position on local civil rights issues. Draft op-ed articles, letters to the editor and press releases. Work with regional offices on pro bono legal research and writing opportunities for regional law firms. Support and assist in development events and activities. Supervise legal interns.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: JD Degree. Admitted to a state Bar, preferably in the state where the applicant will be based. 5-7 years of related experience in public policy agency or civil rights law practice. Subject matter expertise to guide regional staff. Strong oral and written communication skills including public speaking experience. Excellent interpersonal skills are needed. Legal analytical and legal drafting skills are essential. Familiarity with word processing software is needed.
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