Lift Louisiana is Hiring a Staff Attorney

Lift Louisiana seeks a Staff Attorney to protect and expand reproductive justice and gender equity in Louisiana.

Background:

Lift Louisiana uses litigation, legislation, policy advocacy with government agencies and private institutions, community engagement, and organizing to advance reproductive justice. In particular, Lift works to ensure access to abortion services, comprehensive sex education, affordable contraception, gender affirming care, and to protect the rights of all people to continue a pregnancy. Lift is committed to ensuring that individuals’ reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth, or economic status, and believes that reproductive rights must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations. We accomplish this work through strategic and impactful legal advocacy, litigation, policy initiatives, public education, and community organizing to enforce and expand legal protections.

Summary:

Lift Louisiana is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful, and highly organized attorney with a commitment to reproductive justice. The Staff Attorney will support new and ongoing impact litigation, legal advocacy program development, and policy analysis. The Staff Attorney will work with outside counsel, pro bono counsel, and community partners, and will develop and maintain relationships with the local and national reproductive justice legal community. The Staff Attorney will also assist in drafting legislation, amicus briefs, proposed regulations, and position papers. In addition, the Staff Attorney may work across program areas and collaborate in litigating cases.

This position is a full-time exempt position and reports to the Executive Director.

This position requires a law degree and is a two-year fixed-term position. The opportunity to extend will be evaluated towards the end of the one-year term. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Conduct legal research and analysis
  • Aid in drafting memoranda, motions, and other pleadings
  • Provide general assistance on active litigation
  • Support development of new litigation projects
  • File and track public records requests
  • Regularly communicate and collaborate with other legal service providers, community groups, government officials, and detention center staff to receive referrals of individuals eligible for services and maintain referral and legal access systems
  • Assess requests for legal assistance and identify appropriate cases for further investigation
  • Develop and maintain relationships with private practitioners
  • Identify private practitioners willing to handle individual cases 
  • Develop and implement training programs and materials for advocates and legal practitioners
  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with organizations and individuals in the field, including community-based organizations, allies, stakeholders in the public and private sector, and communities affected by our work
  • Effectively supervise, manage, and mentor law students with an eye toward their professional development
  • Additional responsibilities could include fact development, conducting background research, or tracking and analyzing legislation

Skills and Requirements:

  • Exceptional legal research, writing, and communication skills, including the ability to explain complicated legal concepts to non-attorneys
  • Positive management and leadership style with ability to manage multiple projects amid changing priorities in a fast-paced environment and produce outstanding results
  • Excellent organizational and case-management skills
  • Personal experience working with impacted communities and deep commitment to racial equity and to incorporating racial equity principles into legal work
  • A commitment to public-interest litigation
  • Willingness to supervise and mentor law students
  • Willingness, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to conduct extensive remote work initially
  • Willingness to travel and work outside of work hours when necessary
  • Proficiency in office technology and information systems including legal research software, Word, Excel, Google Workspace, PowerPoint, and Zoom
  • Reliable transportation, internet access, and phone is a must

Qualifications:

  • Law degree and admitted to the Louisiana Bar preferred, or eligibility and willingness to sit for the Louisiana Bar
  • Experience supervising staff and volunteers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with people impacted by the criminal justice system, particularly in Louisiana or the Deep South
  • Experience with policy or legislative work
  • A commitment to advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice.
  • Experience managing a program or department is a plus

Work Environment:  

Lift Louisiana is an equal opportunity employer committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental, or familial status, national origin, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. Racial and ethnic minorities and women are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Location

This is a remote position during the COVID-19 pandemic. Work must be performed in Louisiana. Lift Louisiana is located in New Orleans, and as pandemic risks are mitigated, co-working office space may be required. Local travel within Louisiana may be required.

Compensation:

The annual salary will be set at $65,000/year

Lift Louisiana offers a robust benefits package that includes: health insurance (medical, dental, and vision); disability and life insurance; flexible spending accounts (FSA) for health, dependent care, and transportation; a retirement savings plan; paid vacation, holiday, and sick days; and paid parental, family, and medical leave.

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should fill out the attached Google Form and attach your resume, letter of interest, and two legal writing samples. If invited to interview, you may be asked for academic transcripts and two references. If you have any questions, please contact ak@liftlouisiana.org.

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