Attorney – Fellow

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United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Legal Aid Justice Center
Job type: 
Policy Development/Advocacy
Position Description: 

Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a litigation attorney in our Civil Rights and Racial Justice Program. This position will work closely with the CRRJ Legal Director and the CRRJ team to dismantle the power and reach of the criminal legal system in Virginia.

CRRJ Program

The CRRJ program at LAJC works to challenge all aspects of the criminal legal system in Virginia using a mix of grassroots advocacy, legislative work, individual representation and impact litigation. Our work currently includes challenging pretrial detention, expunging criminal records, creating community safety, resisting fines and fees imposed in criminal court and monitoring of a settlement agreement to improve medical conditions at Fluvanna Women’s Correctional Center (Scott v. Clarke).

Job Duties:

As a part of the CRRJ team, this attorney will strategize and work with the CRRJ team on its five main campaigns which are pretrial justice, fines and fees, expungement, creating community safety and the Scott v. Clarke case.
Provide advice and counsel to individuals and community groups on fines and fees, pretrial justice, expungement and policing.
Work alongside organizers and community members to build and implement impact advocacy campaigns in CRRJ’s core issue areas.
Advocate for legislation, regulations and policies that decrease the scope and power of the criminal legal system.
Produce publications including fact sheets, issue briefs, reports and op-eds.
When appropriate and with close supervision, support impact litigation in state and federal court.
Assist with advocacy communications efforts, e.g., drafting press releases, responding to media inquiries, and drafting content for social media.
It is critical that the attorney works to integrate any individual representation or impact litigation into existing and newly developing campaigns and grassroots advocacy.

Requirements: 

Strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
Willingness to work to decrease the scope and power of the criminal legal system in Virginia
Outstanding oral advocacy, research, writing, and leadership skills
Ability to work effectively across multiple teams
Ability to communicate effectively across lines of identity
Willingness to travel statewide occasionally
Interest in movement lawyering and willingness to take leadership from people directly impacted by mass incarceration
Desire to seek out feedback and learn from it (growth mindset)
Membership in the Virginia State Bar, or eligibility and willingness to become a member of the VSB promptly – either by passing the bar exam in February 2023, or meeting requirements to “waive” into bar membership without taking the bar exam. (Note that new Virginia Supreme Court Rule 1A:9 allows most lawyers who have practiced continuously in another jurisdiction for two years to become members of the VSB if they practice for Virginia legal aid organizations (like LAJC) under a “Legal Aid Counsel Certificate.”) LAJC provides bar study leave and application fee coverage

To apply: 

Email a statement of interest, a relevant writing sample, and resume to Anna Kurien at [email protected]. In your statement of interest, please describe why you are interested in this role and your relevant work experience and classes. If you’re able, please submit your application as a single PDF titled “[date submitted in yyyy.mm.dd format][last name][first name][position sought][preferred location].” Please include “EJA Fellowship – CRRJ” in the email subject.

Notes: 
The Legal Aid Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.
Salary range: 
The annual salary for this two-year fellowship starts at $62,000 for fellows living in Richmond or Charlottesville. For fellows living in Northern Virginia, the annual salary starts $69,440 (this includes an upward 12% cost-of-living adjustment for LAJC e