The Legal Aid Justice Center partners with communities and clients to achieve justice by dismantling systems that create and perpetuate poverty. Justice means racial justice, social justice, and economic justice. (Learn more about what we do.)
The Legal Aid Justice Center is 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. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that candidates have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.
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DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR ADVOCACY (Charlottesville, Richmond, Falls Church)
The Deputy Director for Advocacy will provide leadership, strategic vision for, and supervision to LAJC’s ambitious programmatic impact work across all of our practice areas and strategies. Working alongside the Executive Director, the Deputy Director for Advocacy will help determine and execute LAJC’s strategic vision and work to advance LAJC’s ambitious agenda to achieve economic, racial, and social justice throughout the state. The Deputy Director for Advocacy serves as a thought leader for the organization and a key member of LAJC’s management team, helping to set programmatic priorities and steward organizational resources.
See the Deputy Director for Advocacy position announcement for more information.
LEGAL DIRECTOR, CIVIL RIGHTS & RACIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM (Richmond, Charlottesville)
The Legal Director provides strategic vision for and guidance over CRRJ’s advocacy campaigns.
Launched in 2017, CRRJ has already made its mark at the state and local level in pursuing campaigns that expose and challenge the criminal legal policies that contribute to poverty in low-income communities and communities of color across Virginia. Programmatic successes include: cementing civilian oversight of law enforcement in Charlottesville in the wake of deadly, unchecked white supremacist violence; introducing legislation to combat unconstitutional pretrial detention; obtaining a favorable result in a federal contempt proceeding against the Department of Corrections for failing to comply with settlement agreement mandating adequate healthcare to women in prison; successfully challenging as unconstitutional Virginia’s “habitual drunkard” law for criminalizing people experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder; and supporting community leaders’ efforts to secure the release of policing data in Richmond that revealed widespread racial disparities in departmental interaction with city residents.
See the position announcement for more information.
CIVIL RIGHTS & RACIAL JUSTICE ATTORNEY (Richmond)
LAJC is seeking an attorney to join our CRRJ team in Richmond. The attorney will initially spend significant time on our continued challenge to the state’s imposition of burdensome criminal-legal debt.
Since 2014, our Drive Down the Debt campaign has focused on driver’s license suspension for unpaid court debt as one particularly harmful “fines & fees” practice. The attorney will help us secure a permanent end to Virginia’s license suspension scheme, which harms nearly 1 million Virginians; in doing so, they will be instrumental to our efforts to push back against the state’s use of criminal-legal debt – inequitably imposed on and collected from poor people and people of color – to fund government services.
The attorney will also support CRRJ’s other campaigns. Our local police accountability work employs a community lawyering and organizing model to help build power to effect policing change in Richmond and Charlottesville and our statewide pretrial justice and expungement initiatives will offer the attorney the opportunity to engage in a mix of individual representation, administrative and legislative advocacy, and coalition building.
See the position announcement for more information.
Legal Fellowship Sponsorship (Charlottesville, Richmond, Falls Church)
LAJC is seeking to host one or more recent law graduates as public service fellows in one of our three main offices in Virginia (Richmond, Falls Church, or Charlottesville.) Fellowship candidates must be rising third-year law students, third-year law students, or recent law school graduates, with a demonstrated record of public service and a willingness to apply for public interest legal fellowships. This position depends on the candidate obtaining fellowship funding from a private funding entity in partnership with LAJC.
The position also depends on the scope and requirements of the funding. In addition to serving clients with their legal needs, past fellows have had the opportunity to assist with clinical supervision, staff high impact cases with nationwide implications, engage in strategic community organizing, and participate in legislative and other policy advocacy. Depending on individual interest and location preference, the fellow may work on one or several of various poverty law issues, such as: access to public benefits; housing access and affordability; consumer protection; workers’ rights; healthcare and rights of people with disabilities; immigrants’ rights; access to education and civil rights enforcement in schools; children’s mental health rights; juvenile legal system involvement and the rights of incarcerated children; and the criminalization of poverty through policies and practices that target people because of poverty and race. However, the position ultimately entails carrying out the work as proposed in the candidate’s fellowship application according to the terms of the fellowship, along with meeting all of the other requirements of the fellowship.
Please review the complete job description for additional important information about this position and how to apply. The application period closes June 30, 2020. Please direct questions by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.