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 Latinos to be leaders in their community, LJP has profoundly improved the way Latinos are treated in U.S. society, working to ensure that they have more opportunities for political, economic, social and educational equality. Our areas of focus include immigrants’ rights; voting rights; employment discrimination and worker’s rights including the treatment of day laborers; and criminal justice reform & law enforcement issues. In the past decade, we have litigated voting rights and redistricting cases in Florida, New York and Pennsylvania; have advocated for the creation of fair redistricting plans and bilingual election materials in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania & Virginia; and litigated against the passage of anti-immigrant ordinances enacted in various jurisdictions including Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Riverside, New Jersey, Prince William County, Virginia, Alabama and South Carolina. Under the leadership of our President and General Counsel, LJP’s work has been increasingly focused on addressing systemic discrimination and ensuring equal access to justice in the advancement of the rights of formerly incarcerated persons and Criminal Justice reform. LJP aims to include the Latino perspective in the criminal justice conversation, and to generate the public will necessary to reduce mass incarceration in America.
We are seeking to hire an experienced Senior Counsel with demonstrated commitment and a strong record of publicinterest and civil rights practice to join our legal team in our NYC headquarters. The Senior Counsel will be a litigation team member and will report to the Deputy General Counsel. As part of LJP’s litigation team, the senior attorney will manage complex litigation, will lead and manage existing cases pending in state and federal court, will participate in trial hearings, and will oversee all facets of the litigation process in coordination with appropriate LatinoJustice PRLDEF staff.
The Senior Counsel will provide guidance, mentorship and leadership to junior attorneys, legal fellows and interns, and may also serve as media-spokesperson for LatinoJustice PRLDEF and liaison to the local community, press, and education groups. The Senior Counsel may participate in discussion panels in a variety of education and community settings.
The ideal candidate is committed to LJP’s mission, values and goals; is adaptable, efficient, and results oriented; is resourceful and innovative, with strategic vision to guide and frame LJP’s litigation and increase LJP’s legal docket; has the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; ability to handle high levels of stress satisfactorily, and congeniality with other employees, clients and outside counsel.
The Senior Counsel will have a minimum of 12 years post-bar admission litigation practice; NY State Bar License; experience in federal litigation practice; and good standing in state and federal courts. Should also be energetic, 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 organization skills; and be able to manage several projects simultaneously in a fast paced environment. The Senior Counsel must 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. Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The Senior Counsel is a Union position and salary is determined by Collective Bargaining Agreement. 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.
Deadline: applications will be reviewed on a rollover basis. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply right away.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
About LatinoJustice PRLDEF
LatinoJustice PRLDEF is a civil rights organization focused on defending the civil and human rights of Latino communities through impact litigation, advocacy, and education. In its near 45 years of history, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has served tens of thousands of United States citizens, immigrants, and non-Latinos whose rights are protected by the precedents set and behaviors modified through our litigation, advocacy, and our legal and leadership education outreach. We are proud to have a professional team deeply committed to our mission and willing to roll up their sleeves to get the work done. We look to hire individuals who share our commitment, who are emotionally intelligent, emphatic, and good team players. We strive to maintain a positive, interconnected, value driven culture, where opportunities for individual and professional development are available to all. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and a generous paid time off program.