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The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is Hiring!

Read more about our mission, the position, work, compensation, and qualifications below.


Job Opening: Director of Litigation 

SRLP is hiring a Director of Litigation to co-direct our Direct Services Team in providing zealous advocacy for our clients and communities. The Director of Litigation will be one of two staff attorney positions on the collective. Both staff attorneys will practice movement lawyering as they ensure members’ basic survival needs are met while also using impact litigation to remove barriers to TGNC liberation. The position is full-time offering some remote work along with covid safety informed practices.

Job Description

The Director of Litigation will be responsible for providing impact litigation, advocacy, and membership outreach and education. The Director of Litigation will report to all members of the Direct Services Team, Staff, and Collective. The Director of Litigation will direct and be in charge of all impact litigation at SRLP which will cover all aspects of SRLP’s work, including Survival and Self Determination, Immigrant Justice Project, and the Prisoner’s Justice Project. In addition, the Director of Litigation will be expected to provide direct legal services to a limited number of clients in our Prisoner’s Justice Project. Positions responsibilities include: 

Legal:

  • Provide direct legal services to a caseload of 10 low-income TGNC clients per fiscal year as part of our Prisoner’s Justice work which includes representation in a number of courts and administrative fora, mainly in grievance hearings, Supreme Court, and the City and State Commission on Human Rights; 
  • Prepare all aspects of your clients cases, assess viability of case, prepare and file court pleadings and responsive papers, prepare client for court appearances, appear with your client and advocate during trial, interview or motion practice; 
  • Regularly meet clients in their homes or, when necessary, in hospitals, jails and prisons; 
  • Advocate with agencies to change policies impacting our low-income, people of color, immigrant and/or incarcerated TGNC community members;
  • Drafting “Know Your Rights” materials and conduct trainings for community members and service providers; 
  • Develop litigation strategies by following the lead of directly impacted people and organizers.


Collective:

  • Attend weekly co-supervision meetings with staff;
  • Attend weekly case-list meetings with the Direct Services Team;
  • Participate in anti-oppression work;
  • Attend weekly all staff meetings;
  • Co-create and participate in DST and organizational budgeting and work plans;
  • Joining two of our collective teams; 
  • Attend monthly collective meetings and quarterly retreats. 


DST-related 

  • Co-direct robust internship, pro bono projects, and advocacy campaigns with Movement Building Team;
  • Co-supervise the Director of Legal Services, Director of Client Services, and the Movement Building Team to brainstorm and develop impact litigation strategies to remove barriers to TGNC liberation; 
  • Work directly with our Director of Client Services to conduct intake clinics as well as return calls, emails, and other inquiries from community members.  


Collaborative Projects:

  • Drafting “Know Your Rights” materials and conduct trainings for community members and service providers; 
  • Provide legal observing at various SRLP events and actions.


Experience and Qualifications


Applicants must have:


  • Law degree and admission to the New York State Bar;
  • At least six years as an attorney or legal advocate working within immigration law, prisoner’s rights, civil litigation, and/or administrative law;
  • A demonstrated commitment to gender self-determination, transformative justice, abolition, movement litigation, racial, economic, and disability justice;
  • Extensive experience working with low-income TGNC communities of color;
  • Experience and commitment working with organizers and within movements;
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills; 
  • Ability to create public education materials centered in SRLP’s values and mission;
  • Strong verbal communications skills and experience in working in collaborative environments; 
  • Strong interest in implementing creative litigation strategies; 
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to manage complex cases and competing deadlines. Must be able to communicate boundaries effectively and clearly;
  • The ability to communicate effectively and compassionately with individuals from diverse backgrounds—including transgender and gender non-conforming people, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with mental illness, and people who have experienced significant trauma;
  • Strong supervision skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish;
  • Bar admission in the Southern and/or Eastern District of New York;
  • Experience in drafting and filing on a state or federal level;
  • Experience in criminal defense;
  • Experience with legal strategic planning;
  • Experience working in non-hierarchical settings;
  • Knowledge and practice in collective decision making processes. 


Hours and Compensation: 

This position is a full-time, salaried position with medical, dental and optical benefits as well as three weeks paid vacation and a monthly healthcare affirming reimbursement stipend.  

40 hours/week, some evenings and weekends. 

$100,000/year.

Consistent with our values as a collective, all staff receive salaries based on the same hourly rate. An increased salary is possible based on need, such as for people supporting family members.


*Please note this position is Full-Time with remote work options and COVID safety office practices.


How to Apply:


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Hiring Committee at hiring@srlp.org.


Applications without a cover letter, resume, and references will not be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


***People of color, trans people, women, people with intersex conditions or DSDs, people who have lived in poverty, people with disabilities, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply*** 


SRLP is an equal opportunity employer. Trans, gender non-conforming and intersex people and people of color, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and people from low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


No phone calls please. We will only contact applicants we intend to interview.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is Hiring!

Read more about our mission, the position, work, compensation, and qualifications below.


Job Opening: Director of Litigation 

SRLP is hiring a Director of Litigation to co-direct our Direct Services…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Experience Level
    Mid-level/Managerial
Salary
At least USD $100,000
/ year
Consistent with our values as a collective, all staff receive salaries based on the same hourly rate. An increased salary is possible based on need, such as for people supporting family members.

Benefits

Generous benefits package includes 3 weeks of vacation time, medical and dental benefits and stipend, and payment of required professional fees.

Generous benefits package includes 3 weeks of vacation time, medical and dental benefits and stipend, and payment of required professional fees.

Location

On-site
147 W. 24th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011, United States

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Instructions:

How to Apply:


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Hiring Committee at hiring@srlp.org.


Applications without a cover letter, resume, and references will not be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


***People of color, trans people, women, people with intersex conditions or DSDs, people who have lived in poverty, people with disabilities, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply*** 


SRLP is an equal opportunity employer. Trans, gender non-conforming and intersex people and people of color, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and people from low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


No phone calls please. We will only contact applicants we intend to interview.

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