Jobs in Florida

Statewide Training Coordinator (FLS)

A statewide position to coordinate an enhanced training initiative of the providers of civil legal assistance to the poor in Florida. The statewide coordinator will be an employee of Florida Legal Services, Inc. and will work collaboratively and regularly with both a statewide training committee composed of civil legal leaders and a committee of legal advocacy directors from various legal aid programs across Florida to develop and implement a high quality core curriculum for statewide training, and to improve the use of technology in training and professional development. The training initiative will be developed and implemented in conformity with the  Florida Legal Aid Professional Development and Training Plan 2018-2019.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • The training coordinator will work under the supervision of Florida Legal Services’ Executive Director and management. 
  • The training coordinator will also work closely with the statewide training committee, legal aid advocacy directors, the private bar, and law schools to implement curriculum and training modules for staff of provider programs, in accordance with the approved Florida Legal Aid Professional Development and Training Plan. 
  • Work with the Florida Justice Technology Center to enhance the use of technology in training and the practice of law.
  • Work in an ongoing manner to evaluate the success and efficacy of the Plan, and of the individual training events, and recommend adjustments as needed.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education/Training:
  • A law degree with a background in training, or
  • A similar professional degree in adult education, preferably with experience in the legal field; or
  • Comparable experience in the provision of legal and professional development training, for legal staff and professionals.
  • Experience:
  • Organizing curricula for professionals;
  • Leading and conducting adult learning programs,
  • Utilizing technology in training, and law-related training development.
  • Project management experience is helpful.
  • Skills and Attributes:
  • Demonstrated commitment to equal access to justice for the poor;
  • Strong leadership skills in leading a team to achieve project goals;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills;
  • Strong organizational skills, and time management abilities;
  • Initiative to work independently and ability to collaborate as part of a team;
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Ability to travel extensively, including overnight travel;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others.

SALARY/BENEFITS:

Salary will be set depending on experience. FLS offers an excellent benefits package including 13 paid holidays a year, generous paid time off, and fully-paid medical, dental, life, and vision insurance for employees.

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in working with us, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references. Please include your salary requirements. Submissions should be in PDF format or Google Docs format (sent to us as a link) to work@floridalegal.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to receive full consideration you are encouraged to submit your application no later than Friday, June 7, 2019.


Prisoner Rights Impact Litigation Attorney (FLS)

Florida Legal Services (FLS) seeks a dynamic, self-starting attorney with vision and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and criminal justice reform to fill a full-time position. The attorney will advance the work of our Institutional Legal Services Project which is dedicated to proactively representing youth, prisoners, immigrants, and others who are incarcerated or detained in state and federal institutions (and those recently released) in individual cases, class actions, and impact litigation to create systemic change and protect civil rights.

This position will focus on advancing criminal justice reform and strategies to reduce mass incarceration in Florida. Subjects of litigation may include addressing unconstitutional conditions in Florida’s prisons, jails and juvenile detention facilities concerning, for example,  issues of solitary confinement, racial disparities, medical and mental healthcare, the rights of LGBTQ persons, disability rights, and sexual abuse. The focus of the position may change based on changes in the law, the circumstances in Florida, or the needs of the organization and our partners.

This position location is flexible and can be based from our Newberry or Orlando offices, or remotely elsewhere in Florida.

Florida Legal Services is a statewide leader in advancing economic, social, and racial justice. We are a non-profit public interest law firm that advocates for poor, vulnerable, and hard to reach people through impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships. Our institutional project is one of several statewide projects we operate with a focus on a specific vulnerable population.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct fact investigation, fact analysis, and legal research as part of impact litigation development and systemic policy advocacy related to criminal justice reform;
  • Conduct client interviews and case investigation at institutions around the state of Florida including prisons, jails, detention centers, and juvenile justice facilities;
  • Engage in effective and regular communications with clients, witnesses, co-counsel, experts, and state agencies;
  • Draft legal motions, briefs, memos, and other documents in support of impact litigation;
  • Draft and conduct all aspects of discovery;
  • Litigate impact cases at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts;
  • Respond to requests for legal assistance from incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons;
  • Work with community-based organizations and other allies related to FLS litigation and policy goals; and
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and/or the Project Director.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree;
  • At least three years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience, preferably including litigation of systemic reform cases, prison litigation, and/or civil rights litigation;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Admission to the Florida Bar or ability to sit for Feb 2020 Florida Bar exam;
  • Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
  • Strong written and verbal communication, organizational skills, and time management abilities;
  • Initiative to work independently and ability to collaborate as part of a team;
  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Ability to travel extensively, including overnight travel;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice;
  • Commitment to using trauma-informed approach to representing vulnerable populations;
  • Experience using LegalServer (or similar computer-based case management system) and Google Suites, a plus; and
  • Commitment to work and learn in a technology-based distributed office environment.

SALARY/BENEFITS:

Salary will be set depending on experience. FLS offers an excellent benefits package including 13 paid holidays a year, generous paid time off, and fully-paid medical, dental, life, and vision insurance for employees.  

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in working with us, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references. Please include your salary requirements. Submissions should be in PDF format or Google Docs format (sent to us as a link) to work@floridalegal.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to receive full consideration you are encouraged to submit your application no later than Friday, June 7, 2019.


Staff Attorney- Civil Litigation-Public Interest

Bay Area Legal Services is a regional, non-profit public interest law firm providing the highest quality legal counsel by

  • Assisting individuals and non-profit groups with limited access to legal services;
  • Resolving the legal problems of or clients; and
  • Preserving the independence, hope, and dignity of those we serve.  

Position Description
Staff attorney to provide counsel and advice and represent clients in civil legal proceedings in traditional areas of public interest law which may include family law, domestic violence, probate, housing, and landlord/tenant.
Office location: New Port Richey, Pasco County, FL

Illustrative Duties:

  • Representation in court including emergency advocacy
  • Counsel and advice
  • Advice and assistance in connection with crime victim compensation
  • Referral to additional social services

Qualifications

  • FL Bar License and in Good Standing
  • Desirable Qualifications
  • Family Law Trial or Civil Litigation Experience
  • Legal aid experience
  • Bi-lingual/Spanish

Pay

  • DOE and excellent benefits

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to hrresumes@bals.org. Rolling applications will be accepted,
beginning Tuesday April 23, 2019 until filled. EOE/AA


Southern Legal Counsel Invites Applicants for Pro Bono Director

Location: Gainesville, FL (statewide and some national travel required)
Position: Pro Bono Director (Full-time)

Overview:
Southern Legal Counsel (SLC) seeks an attorney for a newly established position of Pro Bono Director at SLC. The Pro Bono Director will work closely with SLC’s Executive Director, Litigation Director and a Guiding Coalition to establish best practices for and launch a new Pro Bono Impact Team. The Team will be a unique model in Florida with a cadre of lawyers and law firms that are committed to co-counseling with SLC in high impact cases.

Transgender Rights: A statewide project to address systemic barriers to economic opportunity and housing stability for transgender individuals. This project includes our statewide Transgender Identification Initiative to provide resources and assistance in updating name and gender markers on vital documents through community education clinics and an online website currently under construction (www.updatenamegender.org).

Community Integration for Persons with Disabilities: A statewide systemic reform project to ensure persons with disabilities can remain in the community instead of being unnecessarily confined to institutions.

Children’s Rights: A statewide project to reform the quality of Florida’s public education system and ensure all children have access to services necessary to gain a benefit from their education. This project also focuses on education as a necessary intervention to build resilience for children experiencing trauma and to provide supportive behavioral services to prevent institutionalization and incarceration. Some cases come from SLC’s Healthy Kids Medical-Legal Partnership at the University of Florida’s Severe Asthma Clinic. Equal Rights Amendment: SLC is collaborating with grass roots advocates and media consultants around the U.S. to achieve the ratification of the ERA to become the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and to ensure it is effective and enforced.

Responsibilities (commensurate with experience and demonstrated skill level)

  • Work with Guiding Coalition to develop formal pro bono program
  • Recruit, vet, train, retain and recognize pro bono attorneys
  • Meet with potential attorneys and law firms around state and nationally
  • Co-counsel cases with pro bono attorneys as appropriate
  • Supervise and manage the legal work of law clerks and undergraduate interns
  • Represent SLC in public communications and at conferences and other events
  • Participate on relevant bar associations, task forces and coalitions
  • Work with SLC Board and staff to develop a long-range pro bono strategic plan
  • Manage Pro Bono project
  • Submit cases and other items on Pro Bono Matters website
  • Track data relevant to pro bono project
  • Other duties as may be assigned to support organization’s work

Qualifications

  • Admission to practice law in any state in the U.S., with preference to Florida. If not
  • admitted to The Florida Bar, must be willing to sit for the next Bar exam
  •  3 years minimum experience preferred
  • Experience with legal case management software preferred
  • Strong academic background
  • Excellent research, writing, analytic, and investigative skills
  • Persuasive oral communications skills for wide variety of audiences
  • Ability and willingness to travel around the state and out-of-state knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and the mission of SLC
  • Creativity in developing innovative legal strategies to address needs of clients
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Proven project management and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in team settings
  • Cultural competency to work with diverse communities
  • Desire for continued professional development (SLC commits to provide)

Compensation
SLC offers a salary which is comparable to other public interest law firms in the area and will be set in accordance with SLC’s Attorney Salary Scale. SLC also provides a benefits package which includes health insurance, short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, cafeteria plan, and a generous leave policy. SLC staff may make contributions to a 403(b) retirement plan administered by organization. Staff attorneys also may be eligible to apply for law school loan repayment assistance through The Florida Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP).

How to Apply
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, original legal writing sample, copy of law school transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable), and contact information for three references to slc@southernlegal.org. Please indicate “SLC Pro Bono Director” in the email subject line. and indicate in the cover letter where you learned of this job posting.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity Southern Legal Counsel is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. We consider all applications equally from applicants of any race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, or national origin.


Florida Rural Legal Services Seeks an Executive Director

 

Florida Rural Legal Services (FRLS) seeks an Executive Director to lead this private nonprofit law firm founded in 1966 for the purpose of providing free legal assistance to low income individuals, elderly persons and migrant farmworkers. Its mission is to empower low income individuals, groups, and communities by providing them with access to justice through legal advice, representation, and advocacy. FRLS serves thirteen south central Florida counties from offices in Lakeland, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Riviera Beach, Belle Glade and Martin County.

High priority roles and responsibilities for the Executive Director include:

  • Embracing the mission of FRLS and engaging and inspiring staff, Board members and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of that mission;
  • Serving as an effective ambassador for FRLS and nurturing collaborative relationships with funders, bar leaders, private donors and community, business and civic organizations throughout the service area;
  • Holding a vision for FRLS’ future including services to clients, staffing, structure and technology;
  • Fostering diversity throughout FRLS’ staff and Board, and promoting a culture of mutual respect, equity, inclusion and teamwork;
  • Ensuring FRLS’ financial health and stability through sound financial planning and management systems, and compliance with funder expectations and contractual and grant requirements;
  • Actively leading a diversified resource development program including individual and corporate gifts, foundation grants and government grants and contracts; and
  • Hiring, supervising, developing and meeting regularly with the FRLS’ legal management team and staff to provide leadership, direction, advice and oversight.

The successful Executive Director candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a passion for the mission of FRLS and a commitment to serving low income individuals, elderly persons and migrant farmworkers;
  • Have experience serving rural populations, in a similarly sized, multi-office organization;
  • Possess experience managing and supervising in a successful legal services or other nonprofit entity;
  • Have knowledge of financial matters including development of budgets, compliance with grant and contract requirements, and financial oversight;
  • Have a track record of success in resource development and possess a desire to develop and expand the resources of FRLS;
  • Have experience working productively with an engaged Board of Directors;
  • Possess effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Value diversity and be culturally competent;
  • Possess personal attributes of professionalism, positivity, respect, good listening skills and the ability to motivate others;
  • Have experience working collegially with unionized workforces;
  • Be willing and able to travel throughout the FRLS service area; and
  • Possess a Juris Doctorate or hold an advanced degree in an area relevant to FRLS’ mission.

Applications:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials by March 22, 2019. Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position, your qualifications and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Materials should be submitted electronically to ppap@mielegalaid.org in Microsoft Word or pdf format.

FRLS is assisted in the search by Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 105 Chauncy St., Fl 6, Ste 3, Boston, MA 02111, 508-737-4010, ppap@mielegalaid.org. Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact her.

FRLS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

The salary of the Executive Director will be $135,000 to $155,000, depending on qualifications and experience.  FRLS offers excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, retirement, vacation and holidays.


Staff Attorney – Children's Rights

Position summary:

The Staff Attorney will litigate individual and class action cases related to these issues in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels, and will engage in other forms of related public advocacy on these topics. The attorney’s docket will include impact cases under federal civil rights statutes (such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990), consumer protection and fraud statutes (such as state and federal false claims statutes), health care laws (such as the Medicaid Act), and/or state and federal constitutions. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in Florida, or the needs of the organization.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Litigate cases under supervision of the Senior Supervising Attorney;
  • Research legal and policy issues related to education and children’s mental health;
  • Draft briefs, motions, memos, reports and other documents in support of litigation and policy work;
  • Communicate regularly with SPLC’s clients, co-counsel, and partner organizations;
  • When requested, represent SPLC in various forums, including before community groups, legislators, and state agencies;
  • Develop new cases in consultation with Deputy Legal Director, Senior Supervising Attorney, and other Staff Attorneys;
  • Supervise and manage the legal work and related tasks of Law Fellows, Interns, and Outreach Paralegals;
  • Respond to requests for legal assistance; and
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Senior Supervising Attorney or Deputy Legal Director.

Qualifications 

Required

  • Juris Doctorate degree;
  • At least two years federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience, preferably including litigation of systemic reform cases;
  • Strong academic background;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Admission to the Florida Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam; and
  • Travel required (within Florida and nationally).

Preferred:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of some of the following areas: the school to prison pipeline (e.g., classroom management, exclusionary discipline, restraint, corporal punishment, alternative schools, school-based law enforcement); educational equity (e.g., school funding, education models differing from traditional public schools, desegregation, education privatization); and/or children’s mental health (e.g., EPSDT/Medicaid Act, Olmstead/integration mandate policy, home and community-based services).
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Excellent and consistent attention to detail;
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities, meet deadlines, and have fun in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently;
  • Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player;
  • Ability to work on several campaigns at once;
  • Strong organizational skills, follow-through, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Initiative, vision, and a commitment to the struggle for social justice;
  • Understanding and sensitivity to issues client populations face;
  • Commitment to a non-hierarchical, client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to work on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner;
  • Experience working with diverse groups of partners; and
  • Willingness to learn and use internal computer systems and databases.

To Apply:

Along with a resume, please submit a writing sample of at least 5 pages, a cover letter, three references, and unofficial transcript. Submit application here. 

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions

Disclaimer:

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.


Advocate Outreach Paralegal - Children's Rights

Summary:

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a leader in the fight against hate and bigotry in the United States. SPLC seeks an outreach paralegal for its Children’s Rights team in Florida. The Florida Children’s Rights team is committed to ensuring that all schools in the state have the resources necessary to educate all children, no matter the child’s race, sex, national origin, religion, disability status, or poverty status. This may include, but is not limited to: addressing disproportionality and discrimination in school discipline, referrals to alternative school, expulsion, and school-based arrest; curbing seclusion and restraint; pushing back against school-imposed fines and citations; addressing a variety of equity issues (school funding, deregulation, privatization, vouchers, segregation/re-segregation); and improving children’s access to Medicaid and other vital health services.

The advocate will perform extensive outreach to current and prospective clients and community organizations and assist with mobilization, field investigation, and advocacy. The advocate will also assist the Center’s attorneys with case management and support, conduct research, and organize information. Outreach and organizing will involve substantial overnight travel.

There is one position vacancy located in Miami, FL.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Work with attorneys and advocates on multi-strategy campaigns;
  • Manage and maintain routine client communication (written, by phone, and in person);
  • Develop and execute organizing and outreach strategies to current and prospective clients, community partners, and stakeholders;
  • Mobilize and support community partners and stakeholders to advocate for policy changes affecting their community;
  • Research, investigate, and document facts for cases, including conducting detailed intake interviews;
  • Track down and obtain documents;
  • Conduct legal, social science, and factual research;
  • Prepare and organize research, notes, and legal documents;
  • Perform discovery information management and trial preparation; and
  • Willingness to travel and work long hours, including weekends, as needed.

Qualifications 

  • College degree or relevant work experience;
  • At least one year of experience working with and for socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, including at-risk youth, children with disabilities, and individuals involved in the juvenile justice systems;
  • At least one year of experience with community organizing, mobilizing, or outreach; and
  • Fluency in Spanish or Creole preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively and efficiently in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Strong organizational skills, follow-through, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to develop new campaigns and legal initiatives;
  • Ability to work on several campaigns at once in conjunction with Center attorneys;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Commitment to and passion for social justice;
  • Understanding and sensitivity to issues client populations face;
  • Commitment to a non-hierarchical, client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to work on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner;
  • Experience working with diverse groups of partners; and
  • Willingness to learn and use internal computer systems and databases.

Other Special Considerations:

This position requires a valid driver's license.

This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

Disclaimer:

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

To Apply:

Along with a resume, please provide a cover letter, writing sample up to 5 pages, three professional references, and a copy of your post-secondary transcripts (official or unofficial). Submit application here

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.


Senior Staff Attorney - Criminal Justice Reform

Summary:

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Criminal Justice Reform practice group focuses primarily on (1) reforming the juvenile, criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems so they operate fairly and equitably; (2) ensuring the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and (3) reducing the population of individuals detained and incarcerated in the states where we work.

This position will focus on advancing criminal justice reform in Florida. Subjects of litigation may include, for example, addressing unconstitutional conditions in Florida’s juvenile, adult, and immigrant detention facilities; advancing sentencing reform; and combating the effects of over-policing, the denial of due process in the criminal justice system, racial disparities, and collateral consequences of justice system involvement.

The United States’ mass incarceration problem extends beyond just incarceration under criminal laws—it also includes the civil incarceration of noncitizens. Each year the United States detains just over 350,000 people in connection with civil immigration laws. Our legal team’s work includes campaigns and litigation to improve conditions of confinement in immigrant prisons (including medical and mental health care, violence, excessive heat, poor sanitation, failure to protect from harm, First Amendment rights, etc.); end solitary confinement; ensure people detained in immigration prisons have access to counsel; and end the privatization of immigrant prisons.

The Senior Staff Attorney and Staff Attorney will litigate individual and class action cases raising constitutional and statutory claims in federal and Florida courts, at both the trial and appellate level. S/he may engage in legislative work and public advocacy. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in Florida, or the needs of the organization.

This position can be located in either our Tallahassee, FL or Miami, FL office.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Lead litigation and public advocacy, under supervision of the Senior Supervising Attorney;
  • Draft briefs, motions, memos, and other documents in support of litigation and policy work;
  • Communicate regularly with SPLC’s clients, co-counsel, and partner organizations;
  • Collaborate with the Senior Supervising Attorney and the Policy Counsel and to identify and support the advancement of state and local policy priorities;
  • Research legal and policy issues related to criminal justice reform, including immigration detention and imprisonment;
  • Supervise and manage the legal work and related tasks of Law Fellows, Interns, and Outreach Paralegals;
  • Supervise outreach activities related to cases and campaigns;
  • Represent SPLC in various forums, including before community groups, legislators, and state agencies;
  • Respond to requests for legal assistance; and
  • Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.

Qualifications 

  • Education & Related Work Experience:
  • Juris Doctorate Degree;
  • At least five years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience, preferably including litigation of systemic reform cases;
  • Strong academic background;
  • Excellent research and writing skills; and
  • Admission to the Florida Bar or willingness to sit for the next bar exam.
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
  • Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining an innovative and positive working culture;
  • Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
  • Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player;
  • Initiative, vision, and a proven commitment to the struggle for social justice;
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment;
  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively and efficiently;
  • Strong organizational skills, follow-through and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to work on several campaigns at once in conjunction with Center attorneys;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Understanding and sensitivity to issues client populations face;
  • Commitment to a non-hierarchical, client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to work on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner;
  • Experience working with diverse groups of partners;
  • Willingness to learn and use internal computer systems and databases; and
  • Spanish language ability preferred but not required.

To Apply:

Along with a resume, please submit a writing sample of 5 pages, a cover letter, three references, and unofficial transcript. Submit application here.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions                                                                                        

Disclaimer:

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.


Outreach Paralegal - Criminal Justice Reform

Summary:

The Outreach Paralegal will assist in Southern Poverty Law Center’s Criminal Justice Reform team’s efforts to (1) reform the juvenile, criminal justice, and/or immigration detention systems so they operate fairly and equitably; (2) ensure the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and (3) reduce the population of individuals detained and incarcerated in Florida.

The Outreach Paralegal will perform extensive outreach to current and prospective clients, often in correctional and/or detention facilities, and will interact with community organizations, perform field investigations and engage in advocacy.  He or she will also assist the Center’s attorneys with case management and support, conduct research, and organize information related to litigation, case development, and legislation. The position will involve substantial overnight travel within the state and potential travel throughout the Southeast.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Work with a team of attorneys and advocates on multi-strategy campaigns;
  • Manage and maintain routine client communication (written, by phone and in person);
  • Travel to jails, prisons, and/or detention facilities around the state of Florida and interview individuals for purposes of potential or actual representation in litigation;
  • Monitor conditions inside juvenile and adult facilities and/or immigration detention facilities (interviewing detained and/or incarcerated people and documenting their experiences);
  • Develop, manage, and support cases including document management and review;
  • Mobilize and support community partners and stakeholders to advocate for policy changes affecting their communities;
  • Research, investigate, and document facts of case to include conducting detailed intake interviews;
  • Track down and obtain documents;
  • Conduct legal, social science, and factual research;
  • Prepare and organize research, notes, and legal documents;
  • Perform discovery information management and trial preparation; and,
  • Willingness to travel and work long hours, including weekends, as needed.

Qualifications 

Education and Related Work Experience:

  • College degree or relevant life or work experience;
  • At least one year of experience working with and for imprisoned immigrants, juveniles or adults;
  • At least one year of experience with community advocacy, mobilizing or outreach;
  • Fluency in Spanish or Creole preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively and efficiently in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Strong organizational skills, follow-through and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to develop new campaigns and legal initiatives;
  • Ability to work on several campaigns at once in conjunction with Center attorneys;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Commitment and passion for social justice;
  • Understanding and sensitivity to issues client populations face;
  • Commitment to a non-hierarchical, client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to work on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner;
  • Experience working with diverse groups of partners; and,
  • Willingness to learn and use internal computer systems and databases.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

Disclaimer:

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.


Multiple Attorney Positions at Southern Poverty Law Center

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATES
The ideal candidates will be exceptionally effective litigators, strategists, and communicators with an unrelenting commitment to justice on behalf of immigrant communities. While no one candidate will possess all of the qualifications listed below, we expect that successful candidates will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Exceptional litigation skills and at least seven (7) years for the Senior Supervising Attorney, five (5) years for the Senior Staff Attorney, and two (2) years for the Staff Attorney of federal complex litigation or comparable legal experience;
  • Ideal candidates for Senior Supervising Attorney will also have at least two (2) years of experience managing a team and have demonstrated ability to develop, mentor, and retain high-performing and diverse teams of attorneys;
  • A sincere commitment to social justice and a keen awareness of the relationship between impact litigation, policy advocacy, and social change;
  • Initiative, vision, creativity, and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies with the absolute drive to succeed;
  • A deep personal commitment to diversity and inclusion; proven success in engaging with diverse communities; lived experience that informs an authentic understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable communities and a sophisticated understanding of the historical nature of structural power differences with a lens into how that impacts social justice efforts today;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of immigration law and current policies, trends, litigation strategies and tools being applied to combat unjust immigration policies across the country, or a personal demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of immigrant communities;
  • Experience applying analytical skills to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue;
  • Excellent communication skills, including research and writing, interpersonal and public communication skills, and an ability to translate vision and strategy into external messaging;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, keen judgment, the ability to facilitate challenging conversations and quickly read interpersonal dynamics, and the ability to work with people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives and across projects;
  • A positive attitude and successful experience working in a high-energy, fast-paced environment; excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
  • A natural intellectual curiosity and personal drive for self-reflection, improvement, and learning;
  • Patience, a sense of humor, gravitas and a high tolerance for ambiguity; the ability to adapt quickly to change; an optimistic outlook, a natural orientation towards collaboration with the self- confidence to move forward in areas of uncertainty or where there is not necessarily agreement;
  • The ability and willingness to travel regionally;
  • Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred; other language skills relevant to the Southeast will be considered; and
  • Admission to the Florida Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam


TO APPLY
This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs, Callie Carroll, and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send nominations and/or applications including cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, and where you learned of the position to the following email address:

Florida (Senior Supervising Attorney, Senior Staff Attorney, and Staff Attorney positions): SPLC-IJPFL@nonprofitprofessionals.com

Please submit application materials separately for all positions you would like to be considered for. Southern Poverty Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

NPAG is a national executive search and consulting firm dedicated to serving the mission-driven community. We partner with global mission-driven clients to deliver highly-tailored, innovative, and strategic senior- and executive-level search services. www.nonprofitprofessionals.com.


Policy Counsel at Southern Poverty Law Center

About the Southern Poverty Law Center:

The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Our lawsuits have toppled institutional racism and stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation.

Position Summary:

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Legal department seeks a Policy Counsel who will be based in our Tallahassee office.

The Policy Counsel is an outgoing, results-driven, and experienced advocate, who is passionate about advancing civil rights for society’s most vulnerable members and communities. The Policy Counsel works under the supervision of the Senior Florida Policy Counsel and the Deputy Legal Directors to advance SPLC’s state and local policy objectives in Florida via multi-strategy campaigns. The Policy Counsel works with teams of attorneys, paralegals, advocates, and members of the SPLC communications and editorial departments. The Policy Counsel liaises directly with elected and appointed officials, agencies, judges, non-profit organizations, and affected individuals and communities.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with elected and appointed government officials and their staffs at the state and local level;
  • Identify, secure, and prepare for opportunities for SPLC to influence legislation and policy at the state and local level, including commenting on proposed legislation and rules, submitting statements and letters, preparing advocacy materials, and organizing and conducting meetings with elected and administrative officials and their staff;
  • Secure, draft, and deliver or coordinate delivery of legislative testimony at the state and local levels;
  • Conduct legal, social science, and factual research, along with qualitative and quantitative data analysis, on policies and practices related to mass incarceration, economic justice, children’s rights, the treatment of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender individuals, immigrants’ rights, and/or other social justice issues as determined by the organization;
  • Research, monitor, review, and summarize the constitutional and practical impact of state and local legislation that will affect one or more of the SPLC’s primary issue areas. Identify problematic language in proposed legislation and develop strategies to defeat or advance legislation that impacts SPLC’s primary issue areas;
  • Draft model legislation affirmatively advancing SPLC’s policy goals; identify and recruit sponsors; and develop and implement strategies to advance passage of affirmative legislation;
  • Assume a leading and strategic role in coalition campaigns on advocacy issues consistent with SPLC’s priorities. Develop or work in partnership with coalitions representing diverse groups of stakeholders. Represent the SPLC’s interests and cultivate relationships with partners to advance reform and promote sustainable, data-driven, research-based policies in the above areas;
  • In collaboration with the Senior Policy Counsel, serve as the liaison between SPLC and its contract lobbyists. Identify and recruit potential lobbyists, facilitate meetings, monitor performance, assess results, and recommend whether to continue contracts;
  • Work collaboratively with SPLC’s attorneys, advocates, and communications and design staff to write, publish, and widely disseminate policy briefs, fact sheets, talking points, reports, and other documents that will educate legislators, agency officials, stakeholders, and the general public about the need for policy changes to address issues and propose solid recommendations for change;
  • Other duties as requested by the CEO, Legal Director, Deputy Legal Directors, Chief Policy Counsel, Senior Policy Counsel, Managing Attorney, or other senior management.

Qualifications

  • Education and Related Work Experience:
  • J.D.
  • At least 5 years of legal advocacy experience developing, managing, and implementing policy campaigns, with a strong preference for experience with the Florida state legislature.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to review legality of proposed legislation and to analyze and articulate legal concepts and communicate them to a variety of audiences;
  • Familiarity with the legislative process and political strategic planning;
  • Familiarity with an expansive toolbox of strategies to move decision-makers;
  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Strong organizational skills, follow-through, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to develop new policy campaigns and legal initiatives;
  • Ability to work on several campaigns at once;
  • Articulate public advocate; strong communication and writing skills;
  • Ability to develop thoughtful, multi-faceted action plans to approach difficult and complicated policy questions, integrating statistical analysis, research, and other strategies to develop a thorough understanding of the issues and build realistic solutions;
  • Ability to conduct data analysis and help develop campaign messaging;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in large coalitions and with diverse staff, activists and legislators;
  • Capacity to work in an environment that encourages and includes individuals from diverse backgrounds and conflict-resolution styles;
  • Enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor; and
  • Commitment to and a passion for social justice.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

Due to the high number of applications received, we are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone.

Disclaimer:

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.


Legal Director - ACLU of Florida

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida seeks a Legal Director to lead its litigation and legal advocacy programs.  The Legal Director is a visionary strategic thinker with the passion, drive, and creativity to lead a dynamic, progressive team focused on using reform litigation to defend and expand civil rights and civil liberties.  The Legal Director is also a key member of the senior management team that shapes the ACLU’s work in Florida.

Background

The ACLU of Florida, the state’s premier public advocacy organization, is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that employs litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education and communications to protect and promote a broad range of individual rights and freedoms, including freedom of speech, voting rights, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and immigrants’ rights.
The ACLU-FL is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights. The national ACLU implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU-FL. Operating out of offices in Jacksonville, Miami (main), Pensacola,  and Tampa, the Florida affiliate has a $5.5M operating budget and 34 staff positions, placing it among the larger affiliates in the nation.
The Executive Director is responsible for and leads the day-to-day operations and oversees the senior leadership team in shaping the work of the ACLU of Florida. The Legal Director, a critical member of  the  organization’s  senior  management  team,  reports  directly  to  the  Executive  Director  and provides strategic leadership and coordination regarding both litigation and non-litigation legal advocacy undertaken by the ACLU of Florida. In addition, the Legal Director works in close coordination with the legislative advocacy team, field programs, and education/communications programs, as well as with the national ACLU staff, using an integrated advocacy model.

Role of the Legal Director
The Legal Director is based in the ACLU-FL’s Miami office and is responsible for helping to set overall legal strategy to advance the mission of the organization and, in collaboration with the Deputy Legal Director, for the day-to-day management of the legal staff and the ACLU-FL legal docket. The Legal Director is ultimately responsible for the supervision of a team of the Associate Legal Director and six staff attorneys working statewide, paralegal, Legal Program Associate, and legal interns, and, through the Legal Program Associate, the organization’s intake system. The Legal Director also works with a Board-appointed Legal Panel of advisors to advance the legal work of the organization.
The ACLU of Florida Legal Director has primary responsibility for coordinating the selection of cases based on ACLU policy, organizational priorities, and capacity.  The Legal Director also oversees the development of cases prior to the commencement of litigation and the conduct of litigation thereafter.
The Legal Director must be a creative, strategic and tactical thinker with a courageous and imaginative  approach  to  advocacy.   While  the  Legal  Director  may  maintain  an  individual caseload, they will primarily work with the legal staff and cooperating attorneys on litigation and advocacy efforts, aiding in case preparation, trial work, and appellate work when necessary.
In addition, the Legal Director is a highly visible spokesperson for the ACLU, working closely with the communications and public policy departments, speaking regularly to print and broadcast journalists and at public forums, and otherwise advocating for civil rights and civil liberties both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion. At times, the Legal Director assists in fundraising efforts by participating in meetings with major donors and otherwise working with ACLU-FL’s development staff to ensure continuing funding for our work.

Major Objectives

The ACLU-FL expects the Legal Director to lead and, in collaboration with the Associate Legal Director, manage the staff collegially in a manner that is consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the ACLU.

Specifically, the Legal Director will:

  • Participate actively in regular strategic and tactical advocacy sessions in close partnership with the Executive Director, Senior Staff, Board, and National office;
  • Continue to develop an aggressive impact litigation and advocacy docket that advances the ACLU-FL’s strategic priorities and responds to civil rights and civil liberties threats;
  • Provide systematic planning and reporting, including items such as budgets and regular status reports;
  • Continue to build an organizational culture within the legal program that encourages and mentors the staff, both internally and externally;
  • Broaden and deepen the relationships among the ACLU-FL’s core constituents and volunteer attorneys and help to increase the growth and visibility of the organization.

Professional Qualifications

While no one person will embody all of the qualities enumerated below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties consistent with the mission and goals of the ACLU;
  • Ten years or more of trial and appellate litigation experience at the state and federal levels, including class actions, with a strong background in constitutional, civil rights, and criminal law litigation;
  • Senior level management experience in recruiting, training, managing and motivating a diverse, high-performing legal team;
  • Demonstrated  record  of  moving  legal  cases  forward  at  all  levels  of  the  judiciary,  with experience working with clients from diverse constituencies;
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, spoken and analytical skills;
  • Significant experience representing and working with activists in grassroots organizations and non-governmental organizations;
  • Experience working in nonprofit settings that are governed by a volunteer board of directors;
  • Familiarity  and/or  experience  with  raising  funds  from  foundations  and  in  solicitations  of donors.
  • Florida Bar admission is required. An attorney not admitted to the Florida Bar shall seek admission as soon as feasible and be admitted within a year after employment.

Personal Characteristics
The following characteristics are sought in the Legal Director:

  • A deep personal commitment to and passion for advancing civil rights and civil liberties;
  • Excellent organizational skills and a creative approach to problem-solving and litigation;
  • A  creative  thinker  with  an  ability  to  recognize  and  maximize  opportunities  for  the organization;
  • A  team-building  and  collegial  management  style,  including  effective  communications skills, a warm personal style that commands respect, and a sense of humor;
  • Integrity.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with similarly-situated nonprofit advocacy organizations, based on experience and qualifications.  Excellent benefits include health and dental insurance, a defined contribution retirement plan, and generous vacation, holiday and medical leave policies.

Application Procedure
To  apply,  send  a  letter  of  application,  resume  and  two  writing  samples  via  email  to jobs@aclufl.org including in the subject line: “Legal Director Position.”  In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of this posting.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU-FL is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Fluency in Spanish desired but not required language.


 

Staff Attorney

Legal Services of North Florida is hiring a Staff Attorney to provide legal assistance to survivors of Hurricane Michael. Along with client representation, this attorney will organize LSNF’s continued response to the legal needs of low income and vulnerable individuals affected by Hurricane Michael. Applicants should be a member of The Florida Bar, with preference given to candidates with clinical or legal aid experience. Candidates must have strong organizational and communication skills, as well as a high-level of comfort with technology, project management, and systems development. Ability to work independently and in team environments, to analyze complex issues and to obtain results to positively impact the client and community will also be considered.
This position is based in our Panama City office. Entry level salary of $46,000 is negotiable depending on experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits package includes paid holidays, paid vacation (which after two years, increases to five weeks per year), sick leave, and, after sixty days, fully paid health insurance for employee & dependent children, retirement plan, term life and disability insurance.

Please go to our website at www.lsnf.org to obtain the link to apply online. Applicants who do not submit a completed Legal Services of North Florida employment application will not be considered for the position. Any questions should be directed to Kristin Ervin, Human Resources Generalist, at Kristin@lsnf.org or (850) 701-3310.


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Manager of Data Analytics (Orlando-Daytona-Regional)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida


Description:
The Manager of Data Analytics is a dynamic and engaging professional responsible for training and assisting staff in the collection and reporting of data and the development of outcomes.  The Manager of Data Analytics will formulate queries and reports in Legal Server case management system to aid in management of various grants management and standardized reporting.  The position is responsible for producing periodic client services/activities reports for submission to various funders and to internal staff. The Manager of Data Analytics will assist firm leadership in drafting policies, procedures and processes based on Legal Services Corporation (LSC) regulations and training staff.  The position will conduct proactive and periodic review of client/case data to ensure compliance with LSC regulations and other funder requirements. The Manager will also utilize GIS software/methodologies to assess and forecast service, delivery and efficiency. The successful candidate will assist in the preparation of reports, grants, presentations, and dashboards. The Data Analytics Manager will work with the Manager of Program Integrity and Implementation and the Manager of Quality Assurance to ensure continuation of quality improvement across the firm.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS – related certifications desired. Six plus years progressive experience in a legal or government setting;
  • Legal Server, Geographic Information System and Amplifund experience preferred;
  • Ability to design and run reports in Legal Server on a routine basis to support grant application and grant reporting upon request by staff;
  • Advanced capability in Excel;
  • Able to set up tables, create pivot tables and pivot charts, build advanced formulas, and create dashboards;
  • Experience with Power BI, Power Query a plus;
  • Strong understanding of GIS (Geographic Information System) highly preferred;
  • Ability to learn, summarize, and train staff on LSC regulations;
  • Ability to draft reports in case management system by creating filters to accurately capture case/grant activities;
  • Ability to analyze demographic and client services data and produce infographics- both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Legal experience preferred;
  • Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365); and
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

 


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