The Legal Aid Society exists for one simple yet powerful reason: to ensure that no New Yorker is denied the right to equal justice because of poverty. For over 140 years, we have protected, defended, and advocated for those that have struggled in silence for far too long -- working on the front lines and behind the scenes to offer our clients the exceptional legal services they deserve. Through our Civil, Criminal Defense, and Juvenile Rights Practices, we offer an unmatched depth and breadth of legal expertise to vulnerable New Yorkers in over 300,000 legal matters each and every year. Every day, in every borough.
Our LGBTQ+ Law and Policy Initiative will work across all three Practice areas--Criminal Defense, Civil, and Juvenile Rights--to identify and examine complex issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression equity in our legal system and help the Practice staffs become competent in the provision of direct legal services. This unit will raise critical awareness of the systemic oppression that LGBTQ+ people, especially communities of color, experience within every facet of our legal system through the use of research, policy advocacy, impact litigation, community engagement and strategic communication, and work on internal diversity initiatives to promote and enhance racial justice within the organization.
The ideal candidate for Supervising Attorney of the LGBTQ+ Law and Policy Initiative has a deep understanding of the current societal systems that continue to uphold the status quo of racial, gender and sexual orientation inequity. This individual will critically analyze these systems and engage in multi-dimensional advocacy methods to enact meaningful change.
* Collaborate with specialized units, including but not limited to the Community Justice Unit, the Racial Justice Unit and the HIV/AIDS Representation Project to identify issues for impact litigation and oversee and support those efforts
* Collaborate with the LGBTQ+ Caucuses of the organization's two unions, the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys and 1199/SEIU
* Examine daily practices and areas of our work and how they impact communities of color
* Coordinate a strategic plan that will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders on the future of the project
* Engage in policy advocacy on the city, state and federal level regarding issues relevant to communities of color
* Help develop racial, gender and sexual orientation equity and diversity and inclusion initiatives to enhance and promote an affirming workplace within the organization
* Respond to client, community and staff concerns regarding LGBTQ+ issues
* Develop and maintain community support and relationships with community-based organizations, advocates, legislators and the courts
* Develop and produce internal and external training materials
* Develop and produce advocacy and public education materials for community outreach and media campaigns
* Engage in data collection and analysis on LGBTQ+ issues
* Utilize data and research to support various media, advocacy and education efforts
* Seek visibility through public appearances including but not limited to speaking engagements, media appearances, and conferences, for the purpose of contributing to public debate on racial inequality and LGBTQ+ discrimination
* Engage in coalition-building with community and government mobilization efforts to effect policy change
* Analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy and assist in the supervision of implementation of legal strategy in consultation with managers and program leaders
Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters
* Admission to the New York State Bar
* Minimum of five years of legal practice preferred
* Favorable consideration will be given to attorneys who have knowledge and experience with LAS's client base as well as LGBTQ+ legal issues
* Experience practicing law, including litigation, through a LGBTQ+ and racial justice centering framework
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Exceptional public speaking ability and experience
* Demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice work, civil rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and anti-discrimination law
* Favorable consideration will be given to a candidate with experience in policy work surrounding LGBTQ+ rights and racial justice issues
* Favorable consideration will be given to an attorney with a deep understanding of intersectionality and its relation to structural oppression
* Experience working with underserved communities, and experience with grassroots community organizing
* Significant experience in legal training and education
* Demonstrated leadership ability
* Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, and the ability to foster constructive, collegial working relationships with colleagues
* Commitment to exploring alternative approaches for legal practice
* Ability to work in and value a collaborative team model
* Ability to work with Pro Bono lawyers and volunteers
* Commitment and experience working with and building networks and partnerships with people of color-led LGBTQ+ organizations and advocates
* Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required
Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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