Voting Rights Staff Attorney – Impact Litigation

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Depends on experience, plus bilingual supplement. A generous benefit package includes paid medical, dental, vision insurance, and retirement plan. Parking provided.

Published

05/29/2018

Address

1145 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
CA
90017
United States

Description

Agency Description: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (fka Asian Pacific American Legal Center) was established in 1983 with a mission to protect and advance the civil and human rights of underserved Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities through litigation, policy advocacy, legal services, community engagement and communications strategies. We are a part of a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation’s other members are: Advancing Justice – AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice – Chicago and Advancing Justice – Atlanta.

 

Position Summary: This position will be a part of Advancing Justice – Los Angeles’ Impact Litigation team, which has successfully litigated ground-breaking cases in the areas of labor trafficking; low-wage workers’ right; race, national origin and religious discrimination; immigrants’ rights; education rights; and voting rights, amongst others. 

 

The Voting Rights Attorney is responsible for generating and litigating impactful voting rights cases across the country on behalf of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander voters through partnerships with community-based organizations. Our office is based in Los Angeles, but this position can be remote and substantial travel is expected regardless of location. Acceptable locations for this position, in addition to Southern California, include, but are not limited to Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington.

 

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to identify and develop litigation in collaboration with community-based organizations and a strong understanding of current issues affecting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. He or she will be strategic, creative, proactive, and values-centered, with a deep commitment to racial justice and community empowerment. This position is an excellent opportunity for a mid-level social justice attorney to take ownership over a significant project and develop strong leadership and litigation skills.

 

Job Responsibilities

 

The Voting Rights Attorney will be part of a voting rights team that includes the Voting Rights Project Director and the Supervising Attorney of Impact Litigation. The Voting Rights Attorney is responsible for the following:

  • Identifying potential voting rights cases across the country, including, but not limited to Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Washington;
  • Developing investigation plans and traveling to implement these plans in collaboration with local CBOs;
  • Taking the lead on litigating multiple voting rights cases simultaneously in various jurisdictions, including coordinating collaborative work with co-counsel, community organizers, and pro bono law offices;
  • Cultivate relationships with key CBO partners and develop their capacity to engage in litigation as one of many complementary strategies to achieve their substantive goals;
  • Establish Advancing Justice – LA as a reliable resource for voting rights consultation and litigation.

 

Qualifications

We are seeking candidates who take initiative and ownership over their work, have strong project management and litigation skills, and excel in relationship building. You should have:

 

  • A track record of successfully managing multiple projects or cases simultaneously and the ability to coordinate work with diverse stakeholders;
  • At least 2 years litigation experience during which you had primary responsibility for identifying, investigating, filing, litigating, and resolving cases, preferably in partnership with CBOs;
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with community based organizations and civil rights organizations;
  • A demonstrated commitment to advance the interests of communities of color, particularly Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders;
  • Availability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, and to travel on a regular basis to participate in investigations and cases in various states;
  • Bilingual ability in an Asian language preferred, but not required;
  • Active membership in California State Bar (or in the State where you reside).


 

No telephone calls please.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual ability in an Asian language preferred, but not required.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

hr@advancingjustice-la.org
https://advancingjustice-la.org/get-involved/work-for-us/voting-rights-staff-attorney-%E2%80%93-impact-litigation#.Ww2EuSBlDcs

Application Process:       Please send cover letter, resume, history of litigation experience, and references to: hr@advancingjustice-la.org                                 



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