Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Fellow (TX)

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/29/2018

Start Date

09/21/2018

Application Deadline

09/20/2018

Address

1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston
Texas
77002
United States

Description

Human Rights First has been selected to host a legal fellow over two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps. The fellowship must begin by October 1, 2018.

 

The Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps is a cohort of approximately twenty Legal Fellows placed at nonprofit legal services organizations in Texas and Florida for a two-year fellowship term to provide direct services, educate community members, and leverage volunteer resources in order to ensure that low-income individuals directly affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have access to a range of legal services needed to stabilize and rebuild their lives.  

The Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Fellow will be supervised by Human Rights First and based in Houston, Texas. 

Human Rights First Fellowship Description

The Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Fellow will:

  • Provide legal services to low income asylum seekers residing in Harris County and the City of Houston who have been directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey, including representation in matters including affirmative and defensive asylum applications, motions to reopen, work authorization applications and renewals, stays of removal, and appeals
  • Conduct outreach and education activities, and leverage pro bono resources
  • Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Fellows throughout Texas and Florida, with such collaboration to be coordinated by a Lead Fellow
  • Collect and provide data on a quarterly basis relating to clients served, services provided, outcomes, and other information as requested by Equal Justice Works
  • Actively participate in mandatory substantive and skills-based training programs including: Learning event at the close out of the fellowship; annual three-day Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in Washington, DC in October/November 2018 and 2019; and the Equal Justice Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in May 2019 (note that travel and lodging costs for these trainings will be covered by Equal Justice Works)
  • Collaborate with other local nonprofits to conduct outreach for DRLC clients on Fridays at the Houston immigration court and provide brief services including consultations, brief services, advice, and intake screening for representation.

Qualifications:

 The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist indigent clients
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • An ability and desire to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations
  • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
  • Ability to begin the fellowship by October 1, 2018
  • Those with legal experience in issues pertaining to disaster recovery services strongly encouraged to apply
  • Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus 
  • A U.S. law degree (J.D.) and admission to a state bar, preferably Texas
  • Fluency in Spanish required

Salary and other support:

The Fellow will receive an annualized salary and benefits, including: medical, dental, and vision coverage; life and disability insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts; retirement plan; generous Paid Time Off; bar dues covered in one jurisdiction. Interested applicants should contact Laura Nally, Managing Attorney, NallyL@humanrightsfirst.org with any follow-up questions.

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. Over its 40-year history, Human Rights First has earned a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a track record of success in delivering change that has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should apply at https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/careers, providing cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references. The cover letter should clearly refer to the Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Fellowship position. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no later than October 1, 2018. 

Human Rights First is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by law.

 

Application Deadline: August 24, 2018, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Benefits

The Fellow will receive an annualized salary and benefits, including: medical, dental, and vision coverage; life and disability insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts; retirement plan; generous Paid Time Off; bar dues covered in one jurisdiction. Interested applicants should contact Laura Nally, Managing Attorney, NallyL@humanrightsfirst.org with any follow-up questions.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish required


Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/careers

Interested candidates should apply at https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/careers, providing cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references. The cover letter should clearly refer to the Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Fellowship position. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no later than October 1, 2018. 

Human Rights First is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by law.


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