The Bronx Defenders

The George Kaiser Family Foundation Women's Justice Fellowship

4 weeks ago
Job ID
2017-1177
Category
Legal

Overview

Still She Rises, Tulsa is a new community-based defender office located in North Tulsa, Oklahoma that seeks to address the epidemic of criminalization and incarceration of women in Tulsa. Women are the fastest-growing incarcerated population in the United States, and Oklahoma incarcerates a higher percentage of its women than any other state. For many women, incarceration does not just affect their liberty, but can also mean the loss of children and the total destabilization of their family’s lives. Still She Rises, Tulsa is a project of The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defender organization that has operated in the Bronx, New York since 1997.

 

Still She Rises has worked to adapt The Bronx Defenders’ model of holistic defense as the first pro bono law office in the country specifically dedicated to the representation of criminal-justice-involved mothers. Advocates at Still She Rises provide indigent women and their families with access to client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, and social work support. Looking beyond the immediate case, interdisciplinary teams of attorneys and advocates work to understand the factors driving clients into the criminal justice system and to mitigate the collateral consequences that may uniquely affect them. Still She Rises, Tulsa pioneers a new criminal justice approach with the aim of breaking the devastating cycle of poverty and instability that so often correlates with the incarceration of a mother.

Responsibilities

Still She Rises, Tulsa: A Project of The Bronx Defenders is delighted to host the inaugural class of the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) Women's Justice Fellowship. The GKFF Women's Justice Fellowship is a new fellowship for outstanding law graduates  interested in criminal justice reform, holistic defense, and the intersectional feminist framework. As GKFF Women’s Justice Fellows, selected law graduates will join a holistic, interdisciplinary team of advocates representing mothers in the criminal justice system.

 

The George Kaiser Family Foundation Women’s Justice Fellowship seeks passionate, committed law students seeking to begin a career in public defense. Fellows must be prepared to litigate and confidently engage in skillful negotiations with judges, prosecutors, and other actors within the intersecting systems our clients navigate, including criminal, juvenile, and civil court proceedings. Fellows will provide comprehensive, holistic, client-centered representation to clients in collaboration with other advocates in order to avoid or mitigate enmeshed consequences that may arise from justice system involvement. Competitive candidates must demonstrate a commitment to defending individuals charged with criminal offenses.

Qualifications

 

All applicants must be:

  • Preparing to graduate from or a recent graduate of an American Bar Association accredited law school

All applicants, regardless of practice area must demonstrate:

  • Commitment to public service, as well as to working with clients from economically and racially marginalized communities
  • Ability to think critically and quickly on their feet
  • Excellent research, writing and courtroom advocacy skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams

Applicants, if hired, must:

  • Sit for the Oklahoma Bar Examination or submit the appropriate materials necessary for Pro Hac Vice admission or waiver

The anticipated start date for these positions is September 2018.

 

To apply, please click go to Stillsherises.org and click the Careers  tab and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when prompted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

 

Applications will be accepted through November 15th, 2017.  Interviews will take place between Monday, November 20th, 2017 and Friday, December 8th, 2017 via Skype. If you have any further questions, please email Asher Levinthal at asherl@stillsherises.org.

 

Still She Rises, Tulsa: A Project of The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences and communities to apply.

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