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Law Fellow

The Justice Action Center seeks a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Law Fellow for a sponsored fellowship with Justice CatalystSkadden, and Equal Justice Works, as well as similar fellowship programs, for the 2021 – 2023 fellowship cycle.

The Justice Action Center is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for greater justice for immigrant communities by combining litigation and storytelling. There is tremendous unmet need in the litigation landscape for immigrant communities. JAC is committed to bringing additional litigation resources to bear to address unmet needs in currently underserved areas. There is also untapped potential in how litigation can be combined with digital strategies to empower clients and change the corrosive narrative around immigrants. JAC will focus on the creation of original content that amplifies immigrant voices. We believe that real change will come only when a larger basis of supporters are activated on immigration issues; only then will courthouse wins pave the way for lasting change. JAC will partner with direct service providers and organizers to leverage the power of the existing landscape of immigrants’ rights organizations and fill in holes where impact litigation should be brought (but currently isn’t), or where communications and digital expertise could help reshape the narrative around immigration and immigrants.

JAC currently consists two full-time staff—Karen Tumlin, the Founder and Director, based in Los Angeles, CA; and Esther Sung, Senior Counsel, based in Houston, TX—and three part-time consultants based in Atlanta, GA; Boulder, CO; and Los Angeles, CA. JAC is looking for a Legal Fellow who is comfortable working remotely in a start-up environment and who can expand JAC’s capacity to file innovative, fast-paced lawsuits to defend the rights of vulnerable immigrant populations.

FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW

JAC’s Law Fellow will report to Esther Sung, Senior Counsel, and will be responsible for helping to implement JAC’s litigation and communication strategies. Applicants do not need to submit a final project proposal with this application but are encouraged to share project ideas and particular interests related to JAC’s work. JAC is particularly interested in candidates who are committed to JAC’s efforts to fill gaps in litigation for immigrant communities and taking creative approaches to combining storytelling and litigation. JAC is willing to work collaboratively with selected candidates to develop a final fellowship proposal.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

JAC will help selected candidates develop a project to fit the requirements of specific fellowship programs and projects.

The Law Fellow will gain valuable experience by working with the team on their fellowship project. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform legal research on novel legal issues.
  • Draft research memos and contribute to drafting on complaints, habeas petitions, motions, and briefs.
  • Interact with and develop rapport with clients and potential plaintiffs so that we can build relationships that will enable our legal work product to reflect and amplify the stories they have to tell.
  • Review draft press releases and other social media materials to identify and correct any legal errors or ambiguities and to strengthen the intended messaging.
  • Contribute to JAC’s vision and strategy for combining litigation and storytelling, and for filling unmet legal needs in impact litigation.
  • Commit to working collaboratively and respectfully, both with JAC colleagues and with co-counsel.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • JD at the time of starting the fellowship. JAC expects fellows to either be barred or awaiting bar results prior to the beginning of the fellowship.
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties.
  • Willingness to work and be mentored remotely.
  • Strong legal writing and research skills.
  • Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
  • A highly collaborative style and good listening skills.
  • Ability to think and work independently and within a team.
  • Ability to think creatively, take initiative, work in a start-up environment, and be flexible in the face of challenges.
  • Commitment to helping cultivate a high-performing organization that utilizes litigation and communications strategies creatively in the fight for systemic change.
  • Commitment to best practices for organizations on equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Commitment to best practices for valuing work-life balance for one’s self and colleagues.
  • Willingness to provide thoughtful and timely feedback on improving the remote fellowship experience.
  • Federal clerkship experience is a plus, but not required.
  • Prior experience working on behalf of immigrants is a plus.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to Esther.Sung@justiceactioncenter.org with the subject line “Law Fellow Application.” In your cover letter, please include your preferred pronouns, your preferred work city and state, and any languages you speak, including level of proficiency. Also, we welcome you to share in your cover letter how your professional experiences and qualification will advance the mission of JAC.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled. Please note that this posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the responsibilities of the Law Fellow position.  The duties, responsibilities, and activities of the Law Fellow position may change at any time without advance notice.  This posting does not represent a contract of employment.

JAC is an equal opportunity employer and does not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law. JAC values diversity and recognizes the unique and valuable skills that candidates of diverse backgrounds and life experiences can bring to this work and strongly encourages applicants from varied backgrounds to apply.

JAC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.  If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation during the application process, please e-mail karen.tumlin@justiceactioncenter.org  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation for the interview process.