The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.
LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.
LDF seeks a Special Economic Justice Counsel to assist in the development and implementation of litigation and advocacy to (1) challenge housing discrimination and policies that result in the loss of land and home ownership by African Americans, (2) promote mobility (transportation) for African-American communities, (3) afford residents access to potable water and a clean, safe environment within African-American urban and rural communities, (4) challenge employer policies that discriminate against African Americans, including through the unjustified use of overbroad criminal backgrounds checks that import discrimination from the criminal justice system into the employment arena, and (5) strengthen the economic safety net for African-American families. The Special Economic Justice Counsel will report to the Senior Counsel or Deputy Director of Litigation. This is a two-(2) year position.
Subject to LDF’s prior approval, this position may have the option to be remote until Friday, December 31, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.
· Investigate potential claims, prepare complaints, participate in motion practice, discovery, hearings and oral arguments, trials, and appeals in economic justice litigation;
· Assist in creating and implementing multi-pronged strategic plans for LDF’s economic justice work using litigation, organizing, public education, and policy advocacy;
· Develop and maintain relationships with community partners, coalition members, lawyers and civil rights organizations, legal allies, and other advocates;
· Devise and implement strategies to advance LDF’s policy agenda related to economic justice;
· Prepare policy reports, memoranda, briefing papers, and talking points for internal and external use on practice area issues;
· Represent LDF in the media, at conferences, and in other venues;
· Travel as necessary; and
· Other responsibilities as assigned.
· A Juris Doctor degree, with at least 4 years of litigation experience and admission to the New York or District of Columbia Bar (or eligibility to waive in);
· A demonstrated commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF and civil rights;
· Outstanding legal research, writing, and communication skills;
· Relevant litigation experience at the trial and/or appellate level;
· The ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
· Capacity to analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues to a variety of audiences; and
· A vision for attacking persistent barriers to full access and equality for African Americans.
This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.
Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons
This position is open until filled.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
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Human Resources Manager
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme…