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.
Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizer (Charlottesville)
LAJC is seeking a full-time community organizer to join our CRRJ team in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among other things, the organizer will work on our Charlottesville Police Accountability and Low-Income Housing Campaigns, supporting Charlottesville’s low-income housing community and communities of color as they organize and mobilize to end police practices that contribute to the over-criminalization and economic instability of those communities and call for more accountability from local law enforcement. The organizer will also help facilitate coalition building between community groups whose overlapping interests converge in the area of dismantling institutional racism throughout Charlottesville to improve economic, educational, and individual outcomes for all residents.
For more information, see position announcement (PDF)
Summer Internships with the Legal Aid Justice Center
The Legal Aid Justice Center is a nationally recognized, non-profit civil legal assistance program with offices in Charlottesville, Falls Church (Metro D.C.), and Richmond. Our dynamic staff of more than two dozen attorneys pursue systemic legal advocacy for low-income Virginians using a wide array of strategies. Through legal representation, community education and statewide advocacy, the Legal Aid Justice Center works both to eliminate the immediate symptoms and to address the underlying causes of poverty.
- The Economic Justice Program focuses on matters related to housing, mental health services, consumer protection, employment, and public benefits, and is home to several legal clinics.
- The Immigrant Advocacy Program supports low-wage immigrant workers throughout Virginia in their efforts to find justice and fair treatment in the workplace.
- JustChildren provides individual representation to at-risk children, organizes parents to be effective youth advocates, and works to change laws and policies for the benefit of all children in Virginia.
- The Civil Rights and Racial Justice Program works to end the criminalization of poverty in Virginia through a strategic mix of community organizing, local and statewide policy advocacy, and impact litigation.
Current 1Ls and 2Ls are eligible to apply, specifying their office(s) and program(s) of interest. Depending on the office/program, interns can expect to work with several different attorneys and engage in research, legal writing, intake, interviewing clients/witnesses, courtroom experience, courtroom observation, policy/observation, legal training, and/or section rotation. Spanish proficiency is required in the Immigrant Advocacy Program. Minimum work commitment for all position is 400 hours (10 weeks x 40 hrs/wk).
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Mary Bauer at email@example.com by January 25, 2018.
The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice.
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 applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.