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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Please note: We briefly paused hiring earlier this year as we adjusted to teleworking and the difficulties of recruiting and hiring when candidates can’t get to know us in-person. Now that we have adjusted to working remotely, we have resumed hiring for the positions listed here, and are eager to accept applications. We are also willing to accommodate temporary remote working plans for out-of-state candidates who prefer not to move during COVID-19.
We hope together we will be able to provide a welcoming virtual environment to all who apply. Come join our team!
YOUTH JUSTICE ORGANIZER (FALLS CHURCH)
Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a full-time Youth Justice Organizer to lead and support various strategic campaigns to build thriving and just communities for all children and families. The ideal candidate can work successfully within teams at both grassroots and grass-tops levels, is comfortable with using multiple advocacy strategies, and will apply a racial justice lens to campaign strategy. While the work will have statewide reach, this position will be based out of our Falls Church office.
See Youth Justice Organizer for full details.
BILINGUAL ATTORNEY – IMMIGRATION LITIGATOR/ADVOCATE (FALLS CHURCH/ARLINGTON)
Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a Bilingual Attorney – Immigration Litigator/Advocate for our Falls Church office. The attorney will represent individual clients in creative forms of removal defense, with a special focus on individuals with prior removal orders or otherwise at imminent risk of deportation, and individual and systemic challenges to immigration detention and ICE enforcement.
The attorney will also partner with community organizers (both LAJC staff and other community organizations) to support local and statewide policy advocacy efforts challenging immigration detention, the jail-to-deportation pipeline, and state entanglement in federal immigration enforcement.
The attorney will also manage an immigration advice clinic in Arlington County, and hold regular office hours, and coordinate know-your-rights presentations in English and Spanish at community centers that serve immigrant communities.
See Bilingual Attorney – Immigration Litigator/Advocate for full details.
BILINGUAL WORKERS’ RIGHTS ATTORNEY (HAMPTON ROADS)
Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a Bilingual Workers’ Rights Attorney to provide direct representation in litigation and other forms of advocacy for low-income workers, especially immigrant workers, in Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore, and throughout the Commonwealth to fight exploitation and injustice, and to build worker power. The attorney will also work on LAJC’s impact campaigns as we advocate for improved administrative and legislative policies regarding worker rights reform. See Bilingual Workers’ Rights Attorney (Hampton Road) for full details.
LEGAL FELLOWSHIP SPONSORSHIP
Legal Aid Justice Center seeks 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.
See Legal Fellowship Sponsorship for full details.
FINANCE MANAGER (CHARLOTTESVILLE)
Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a Finance Manager to join our 65+ employee organization. This position will be based in the Charlottesville office and will report to the Director of Finance & Operations. This position is extremely important to the financial health of the organization and will work closely with upper management. See Finance Manager (Charlottesville) for full details.
LEGAL DIRECTOR, CIVIL RIGHTS & RACIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM (RICHMOND/CHARLOTTESVILLE)
Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a strategic, collaborative legal advocate to lead a creative and passionate team of attorneys and organizers as CRRJ Legal Director. Reporting to the Deputy Director for Advocacy, 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 Director of CRRJ – Updated for full details.