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Staff Attorney 1 The candidate will be advising on, and raising public awareness of, sensitive trials and cases; Connecting pro bono lawyers with requisite expertise with local lawyers to provide advice on international law standards, share best practices, and assist in developing advocacy and litigation strategies; and Observing trials that have garnered local, regional, or international attention and/or have the potential of changing the law, for better or worse, within the country, and providing analysis of those trials. Will report directly to the Deputy Director of the Justice Defenders Program. Will outreach and Maintenance of Regional Human Rights Defender Network: The staff attorney shall develop and maintain relationships with human rights advocates abroad. Will conduct preliminary assessments of legal issues, place the case with pro bono counsel, manage the observation of trials and coordinate the provision of pro bono legal assistance. Will conduct legal and other research and write memoranda, speeches, and articles, including for publication. Will analyze laws, regulations, policies, and court rules and provide substantive advice and information to the Director. Will serve as the resident expert(s) on matters related to their region (see list above) and shall be expected to remain up to date on pertinent developments in regional law, politics, and human rights. Will be responsible for website maintenance, social media, contract drafting, reimbursements and other programmatic activities, as required.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a minimum of 0-3 years of legal experience, post-graduation (J.D. or equivalent), a minimum of 1 year of legal experience gained in a foreign country and/or a minimum of 1 year of criminal litigation experience; c) excellent communication, analytical, and writing skills; strong interpersonal skills in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Foreign language fluency preferred. In addition, candidates with grant writing and management experience and/or experience in communications are highly encouraged to apply. J.D. or equivalent degree is required.
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