Associate Counsel - Northeast Region

$78,891 - $88,708 yearly
  • LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Applicants will need to be able to eventually report to LJP Headquarters, a few days per week. In-person attendance criteria is still being determined as conditions continue to evolve. This is not a remote position. 
  • Mar 22, 2022
Full time Legal Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

LatinoJustice PRLDEF (LJP) is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country. By litigating precedent-setting law reform impact cases across the country and training young people to be leaders in their communities, LJP has profoundly improved the way Latinxs are treated in U.S. society, working to ensure that they have more opportunities for political, economic, social and educational equality since 1972.  LJP’s legal work is based on six pillars: Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Immigrant Rights, Leadership Development & Education, Puerto Rico, and Voting Rights. All our work focuses on addressing systemic discrimination and ensuring equal access to justice in the advancement of the rights and opportunities of Latinos in our communities.

We are now seeking a creative, energetic, motivated attorney with a record of commitment to social justice work and experience fighting on behalf of Latinx communities. The Associate Counsel will report to the Litigation Director and focus on our work in the Northeast with particular attention to Long Island. As part of LJP’s legal team, the Associate Counsel will work on litigation in state and federal courts and advocacy in administrative agencies and state legislatures. The Associate Counsel will also help develop strategies to achieve litigation and legal advocacy goals in emerging areas of community interest and play a critical role in identifying and developing new cases. 

JOB DUTIES

The Associate Counsel will be involved in all areas of litigation and legal advocacy, from developing litigation to briefing and arguing cases. Job duties will include:

  • Developing and launching litigation, including interviewing potential clients, engaging in fact-finding, and identifying potential legal claims and defenses;
  • Engaging in all aspects of trial and appellate practice at state and federal level, including drafting of complaints, motions, and briefs, conducting discovery and depositions, preparing fact and expert witnesses, and arguing motions and appeals; 
  • Working collaboratively with community groups and advocates fighting for racial and social justice;
  • Counseling and representing individuals, families, and community groups; 
  • Participation in community and legislative advocacy, including through testimony before legislative bodies and other government commissions or entities;
  • Assisting in strategic communications, writing, and media appearances for LJP's cases and issues.

In addition to possessing solid substantive knowledge and experience, the Associate Counsel will provide guidance, mentorship and leadership to legal fellows and interns and will serve as LJP’s spokesperson and liaison to the media, the local community, and education groups. Job responsibilities will include local and regional travel.

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

The Associate Counsel will have a record of commitment to social justice, civil rights, and community empowerment. A J.D., two (2) to six (6) years of legal and litigation experience, and admission to the bars of New York, and/or New Jersey, and/or Pennsylvania is required.  Spanish/English fluency is preferred.

The Associate Counsel should also:

  • Be energetic and highly self-motivated;
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills to develop diverse allies and facilitate collaboration;
  • Have a good sense of humor and ability to work well independently and in teams;
  • Have ability to collaborate successfully with a broad and diverse range of communities and individuals;
  • Have strong organizational skills and ability to manage several projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment;
  • Possess excellent legal research, writing, and oral communication skills as well as working knowledge of document management and research software such as Concordance, CaseMap, Lexis-Nexis, and Westlaw.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The Associate Counsel is a Union position and salary is determined by Collective Bargaining Agreement based on years out of law school. The current salary scale for 2-6 years is $78,891 - $88,708. LatinoJustice offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, vision, life, long-term disability, and a voluntary 403(b) retirement plan, as well as generous paid time off benefits.

PLEASE NOTE: LJP staff is currently working on hybrid mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants will need to be able to eventually report to LJP Headquarters, a few days per week, when return to the workplace is feasible. In-person attendance criteria is still being determined as conditions continue to evolve. This is not a remote position.