New York City (Manhattan), New York
The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society’s LGBTQ+ Unit seeks an experienced, inspired, and energetic lawyer for a two-year rotator attorney position. The mission of the LGBTQ+ Unit is to create, support, and sustain affirming and safer spaces, practices, and policies for LGBTQ+ clients and staff within The Legal Aid Society and throughout New York City and New York State. The Unit furthers its mission through training, public education, policy and legislative reform, and strategic litigation. The Unit strives to conduct its work through a racial justice and intersectional lens to address the multiple and intersecting forms of structural discrimination and oppression faced by low-income LGBTQ+ communities, particularly communities of color. The LGBTQ+ Unit works across all three practice areas — Criminal Defense, Civil, and Juvenile Rights — to identify, examine, and dismantle systemic issues oppressing LGBTQ+ clients. The rotator attorney will engage in research, investigation and analysis to develop impact litigation, work in coalition to achieve legislative and policy reform, provide public education such as Know Your Rights presentations, conduct internal trainings on working with LGBTQ+ clients, and provide support to Legal Aid staff working with LGBTQ+ clients, among other tasks. The ideal candidate has experience working with LGBTQ+ clients, particularly transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and intersex (TGNCNBI) clients who are involved in the criminal law system. While the rotator staff attorney will be expected to develop their own projects to advance LGBTQ+ liberation, the Unit is actively seeking to expand support for TGNCNBI clients involved in the criminal law system, from interacting with the NYPD, to housing and conditions at Rikers and in state DOCCS, to reentry and support services upon release. The candidate must be able to work collaboratively with staff, community members, and other advocates to advance LGBTQ+ liberation and must have a strong personal commitment to ending white supremacy and achieving racial justice. The rotator attorney will directly report to the Supervising Attorney of the LGBTQ+ Unit. ******Only open to CDP attorneys at this time.****** ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES * Develop and support federal and state civil litigation aimed at furthering LGBTQ+ liberation and equality * Engage in policy advocacy on the City, State, and Federal level regarding issues relevant to LGBTQ+ people * Collaborate with specialized units, including but not limited to the Racial Justice Unit, to identify issues for possible impact litigation, targeted advocacy, and/or creative practice changes * Examine daily practices and areas of our work and develop innovative solutions to make Legal Aid a more affirming and safer space for LGBTQ+ people * Develop and produce advocacy and public education materials for community outreach and media campaigns * Develop and produce internal and external training materials and conduct internal trainings on SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression) * Participate in speaking engagements, media appearances, and conferences, for the purpose of contributing to public discourse on issues facing low-income LGBTQ+ people * Engage in coalition-building with community and government mobilization efforts to effect policy change * Support Legal Aid staff representing and supporting LGBTQ+ clients TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS/ REQUIRED DOCUMENTS * Admission to New York State Bar * A minimum of 3 years legal practice; public interest law preferred * Exceptional public speaking ability and experience * Demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice work, civil rights, and anti- discrimination law * Favorable consideration will be given to a candidate with experience in policy work surrounding LGBTQ+ liberation and in developing strategic litigation * Experience working with LGBTQ+ communities, particularly transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary and intersex people * Familiarity and comfort with SOGIE concepts (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression), with favorable consideration given to anyone with experience training on these concepts * Demonstrated leadership ability * Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, and 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 * Commitment and experience working with and building networks and partnerships with grassroots LGBTQ+ organizations * The ability to build trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including government agencies SALARY AND BENEFITS The leadership of The Legal Aid Society believes in attracting and retaining exceptional talent committed to serving our clients. We offer a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid vacation, disability and life insurance, and more. Salaries for our unionized jobs are governed by our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please visit our Careers page for additional information. Salary and benefits information will be available to applicants, when and if, an offer is made. OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY 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. HOW TO APPLY All applications must be completed online. We do not accept paper submissions. Please visit our Careers Page to review all current job postings, and instructions on the application process. For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email . 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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