The Bronx Defenders

Impact Litigation and Advocacy Attorney

3 weeks ago
Job ID
2017-1179
Category
Legal

Overview

Still She Rises, Tulsa (SSR) is a new project of The Bronx Defenders that seeks to address the epidemic of criminalization and incarceration of women in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 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 mean the loss of liberty; it also means the loss of their children and the total destabilization of their family’s lives.

 

The project, which launched in January 2017 in North Tulsa, Oklahoma, seeks to replicate The Bronx Defenders’ innovative, holistic model of public defense and is the first pro bono law office in the country specifically dedicated to the representation of mothers with young children who are involved in the criminal justice system. Advocates at Still She Rises work to 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 with each family to understand the factors driving them into the criminal justice system and to mitigate the collateral consequences that may uniquely affect them. Still She Rises, Tulsa pioneers a new approach that is highly tailored to the representation of women, with the aim of breaking the devastating cycle of poverty and instability that so often correlates with incarceration of a mother.

Responsibilities

Still She Rises seeks a motivated and dedicated attorney to help lead our Impact Litigation and Advocacy practice. This attorney will join an interdisciplinary team of attorneys and advocates that provide client-centered, holistic representation to women and their families. As the founding member of the Impact Litigation Practice at Still She Rises, the attorney will develop and lead complex civil rights litigation in federal and state court.  The Impact Litigation and Advocacy Attorney will work as an integrated member of the holistic team at Still She Rises as well as the, Impact Litigation Practice at The Bronx Defenders, who will provide support and guidance. This attorney will be responsible for docket development, pursuing and implementing litigation strategies, and facilitating partnerships with other organizations or law firms to expand SSR’s capacity.

 

Our vision for an impact litigation practice is one that engages in creative, change-oriented litigation to challenge the systemic violations and injustices that affect larger groups of our clients. Our success in complex litigation will be influenced by our community engagement efforts and our client base; we will leverage the knowledge gained from direct representation into both critical policy changes and monetary awards that are community-based and community-driven.

 

We seek a candidate with a passion for, and experience with, robust community outreach efforts who is dedicated to developing a docket that responds to the community’s expressed needs. The attorney will work on issues of concern to our clients, including criminal justice issues; access to housing and employment; forfeiture and property retrieval; court-related fines, fees, and debt; curtailment of parental rights in family court proceedings; the right to counsel; conditions of confinement; racial justice; and government misconduct.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Develop, lead, and supervise complex civil rights litigation in federal and state court to challenge the full range of injustices facing clients of Still She Rises, Tulsa.
  • Identify possible litigation; investigate and develop factual and legal claims; prepare pleadings, motions, and briefs; conduct discovery; present oral arguments; and handle trials and appeals.
  • Collaborate with other advocates at Still She Rises to develop and coordinate advocacy goals and litigation strategies.
  • Assist in creating multi-faceted advocacy campaigns integrating litigation, organizing, public education, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.
  • Draft amicus briefs on behalf of Still She Rises in Oklahoma state and federal courts.
  • Represent Still She Rises in the media, at conferences, and at other venues.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community partners, coalition members, and legal allies.
  • Assist colleagues in developing skills in impact litigation and interdisciplinary strategic advocacy.

Qualifications

 

  • J.D. degree.
  • Preference for 5-10 years of relevant federal civil litigation experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission, purpose, and values of Still She Rises, Tulsa.
  • Excellent legal research, writing, analytic, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Effective public speaking experience, including the capacity to articulate legal concepts and other complex issues to a variety of audiences.
  • Case management experience with an interest in, and commitment to, professional development, training and support of attorneys, and legal interns.
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic advocacy and litigation as part of a creative response to civil rights violations affecting clients of Still She Rises, Tulsa.

 

Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits. Please note that candidates are not required to relocate to Tulsa, so long as they can commit to spending significant and regular time there. 

 

To apply, click on the careers tab on the stillsherises.org website and submit a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample. Resumes will only be accepted electronically. Applications should be submitted by October 15, 2017, but applicants will be considered and interviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  

 

Still She Rises 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, experiences, and communities to apply. 

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