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Staff Attorney - Voting Rights (44580)

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For over three decades, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles has engaged in advocacy, community education, poll monitoring and litigation to secure the voting rights of AANHPI guaranteed by law. Advancing Justice-LA seeks a Staff Attorney to take a leading role in our continuing voting rights efforts ensuring that minority and limited English proficiency (LEP) voters have full access to voting as required by the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and the various state laws providing additional protections against election irregularities. The Staff Attorney, under the direction of the Supervising Attorney, collaborates with community partners, prepares and leads education for grassroots organizations, advocates with state and local officials on voting and election matters, works with our legislative policy team on voting rights election matters, and pursues advocacy up to and including litigation to protect the rights of LEP and POC voters and their communities. The staff attorney will also provide limited assistance to the department housing the voting rights work with its advocacy, as needed and as capacity allows.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

40% Advocate for voting rights of AANHPI AMEMSA communities in California

  • Monitor and advocate for fair and equitable elections, redistricting, and community representation at the local and state levels;
  • Monitor and advocate for fair and equitable policies/legislation, including assisting policy advocates with research, analysis, and testimony as needed;
  • Oversee poll monitoring efforts and other voter engagement activities in Southern California during major elections;
  • Maintain and/or expand regional AANHPI voting rights advocacy coalitions within southern California and across the state, facilitate dialogues with other ethnic and political coalitions on election-related issues;
  • Conduct strategic meetings among stakeholders on topical voting rights issues and provide supporting policy analysis and advocacy;
  • Develop materials and train AANHPI community members and community-based organizations in regions of interest on state and federal elections standards, redistricting requirements, VRA/CVRA voter dilution, and other voting rights related matters;
  • Work with local and state coalitions to promote access to and participation in elections;
  • Conduct legal research and writing in response to advocacy needs;
  • Represent populations of interest in court and/or administrative or rulemaking proceedings;
  • Train volunteers and grass-roots advocates to serve clients and communities;
  • Conduct community outreach and education as needed;

30% Support advocacy for voting rights on national level

  • Assist partner advocates in monitoring and advocating on behalf of voting rights in other states and at federal level;
  • Support advocates in other jurisdictions with research, analysis, and testimony as needed;
  • Conduct strategic meetings among stakeholders on topical voting rights issues and provide supporting policy analysis and advocacy;
  • Develop materials and train AANHPI community members and community-based organizations in regions of interest outside of California on redistricting requirements, VRA/CVRA voter dilution, and other voting rights related matters;
  • Work with regional coalitions to promote access to and participation in elections;
  • Work on voting related amici briefs and potentially litigate voting related cases;
  • Train volunteers and grass-roots advocates to serve clients and communities;

25% Other Advocacy and Litigation

  • Meet with and advise clients of legal rights and options.
  • Investigate circumstances of client cases, identify relevant facts, and work with legal team to determine appropriate counsel or relief
  • Conduct legal research and writing in response to client needs.
  • Collaborate with community partner organizations to identify clients and to address client needs.
  • Represent clients in depositions, hearings, and court, arbitration, or administrative proceedings.
  • Work with Supervising Attorney to meet funding and reporting requirements.
  • Assist policy advocates with research, analysis, and testimony as needed.

5% All other duties as assigned

 

Working Conditions

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.

Direct reports

This position does not supervise.

Qualifications

Education and Work Experience:

  • J.D. and member of California State Bar
  • Minimum three years of civil rights legal practice, preferably focused on voting rights.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Topical Knowledge Knowledge of voting rights laws and policies, both federal and California. Knowledge of voting rights laws of multiple states a plus.
  • Law and Government Knowledge of administrative and legislative process, court procedures, government regulations, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. The ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.
  • Collaborative Advocating Working with partner organizations to develop facts supporting advocacy, develop strategy for addressing voting rights issues, and building litigation cases through creative low-cost investigation strategies.
  • Organization Arranging and preserving facts and voter narratives acquired so as to further effective communication, identify information still needed, track patterns of behavior, and more efficiently advocate for voter communities.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Effective Communication Speaking and writing to others to convey information clearly and persuasively, with varying tones depending on context and audience.
  • Bilingual fluency Fluency in an Asian language preferred.
  • Other Skills - Familiarity with AANHPI communities preferred.


For over three decades, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles has engaged in advocacy, community education, poll monitoring and litigation to secure the voting rights of AANHPI guaranteed by law. Advancing Justice-LA seeks a…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    November 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    October 11, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

USD 60,724 - USD 75,905

Location

On-site
1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, United States

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