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Research Director/Amicus Counsel

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Location: Washington, DC or New York City, preferred

The Research Director/Amicus Counsel will be responsible for overseeing two programs at FFJC: Research, including our student engagement project, and our Amicus Brief practice.  Reporting to the Co-Directors, the Research Director/Amicus Counsel will work with law, public policy, political science, sociology and other graduate and undergraduate students interested in working with FFJC for credit - either as part of a course or  through independent study -  or as paid consultants. As Research Director, this person will identify academic programs to partner with FFJC and develop research projects for students based on FFJC’s needs.  In addition, they will develop a research agenda and supervise the work of the Louis Steele Racial Justice Fellow at New York Law School, who works half-time for FFJC, as well as FFJC’s Research Associate (also half-time). As Amicus Counsel, they will also be responsible for FFJC’s amicus practice, working with litigators around the country who bring significant fines and fees cases, and pro bono counsel who volunteer to write briefs on our behalf.  The Amicus Counsel will also be responsible for tracking fines and fees litigation throughout the country. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with our State Directors and National Campaign Director to determine FFJC’s research needs
  • Develop student, consultant and fellowship projects, as well as research projects, for FFJC’s Research Associate
  • Coordinate with faculty at graduate and undergraduate programs to engage students in FFJC research projects
  • Work with students on FFJC projects; supervise their work
  • Supervise the Steele Racial Justice Fellow on research and other projects for FFJC
  • Supervise FFJC’s Research Associate (half of the Associate’s time)
  • Work with FFJC’s communications and advocacy staff to conceptualize, develop and produce advocacy publications
  • Identify opportunities for FFJC to file amicus briefs and work with pro bono counsel to write and file briefs
  • Maintain FFJC’s relationships with fines and fees litigators

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Law degree and admission to at least one state bar
  • At least 5 years of experience in litigation, teaching, or policy advocacy 
  • Supervisory experience
  • Excellent project management and research skills
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills, with ability to communicate persuasively to audiences across the political spectrum
  • Ability to work with diverse communities
  • Sense of humor 
  • Graduate level teaching experience is a plus
  • Criminal justice reform advocacy or litigation experience is a plus
  • Experience drafting and editing copy for advocacy publications is a plus
  • Those who have been personally impacted by the criminal legal system are encouraged to apply

Location: Washington, DC or New York City, preferred

The Research Director/Amicus Counsel will be responsible for overseeing two programs at FFJC: Research, including our student engagement project, and our Amicus Brief practice.  Reporting…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Salary

$95,000 - $115,000

Benefits

Generous vacation and leave policy, and health, dental, and vision insurance, and transportation benefits

Generous vacation and leave policy, and health, dental, and vision insurance, and transportation benefits

Location

On-site
New York, NY, USA

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter (as attachments) explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position.

Please submit a resume and cover letter (as attachments) explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position.

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