The Justice Action Center seeks a highly motivated individual to join our team as Counsel.
The Justice Action Center (JAC) 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 an experienced litigator 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.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Manage an active case load of complex litigation in federal court, including taking a leadership role in formulating legal strategy, refining legal claims and issues, and developing facts.
- Draft and edit legal filings, communicate effectively with clients and co-counsel to develop facts, and engage in legal research for cases in federal court.
- 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.
- Ability to manage, supervise, and mentor additional staff as JAC grows, in furtherance of JAC’s mission and goals.
- Establish and maintain positive relationships with pro bono counsel, other co-counsel, plaintiff organizations, and consultants.
- Represent JAC in local, national, and international coalitions and working groups as needed.
- Serve as a JAC spokesperson in a variety of contexts, including media appearances.
- Review draft press releases and other social media materials to identify and correct any legal errors or ambiguities and to strengthen the intended messaging.
- Periodic travel may be required when safe travel is possible.
- 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 external colleagues and co-counsel.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- A J.D. from an accredited law school, active membership in at least one state bar, and admission to practice law in at least one U.S. federal jurisdiction.
- Substantial and progressively responsible legal experience including in complex federal litigation and impact litigation.
- Excellent legal strategy, analytical, drafting, and editing skills.
- Strong oral communication skills, including in both legal advocacy, client communications, and broader public communications.
- 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.
- Prior experience working on behalf of immigrants is a plus.
SALARY & BENEFITS
Salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications. JAC’s benefits package includes health, vision, and dental benefits, a 401(k) plan, and generous paid vacation, personal, and sick days.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to Esther.Sung@justiceactioncenter.org with the subject line “Counsel 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 Counsel position. The duties, responsibilities, and activities of the Counsel 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation for the interview process.