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Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Seeks Litigation Director

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

  • By: Mark Moreau
  • Organization: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services seeks a Director of Litigation and Advocacy. The position will be based in our largest office, New Orleans. Background Southeast Louisiana Legal Services is a nonprofit civil legal aid program that represents low-income persons in Southeast Louisiana in landlord-tenant, federally subsidized housing, consumer, family, income security, employment, health care, tax and education cases. We help the poor with individual and law reform cases. Our firm is known as New Orleans Legal Assistance in New Orleans. Currently, we have 30 attorneys working at 4 offices in Southeast Louisiana. 66% of our attorneys have more than 10 years experience--mostly in poverty or public interest law. Our program and staff have received numerous awards for their work. Hurricane Katrina has created unique challenges to the representation of New Orleans area residents. We are looking for a Litigation Director with the commitment and creativity to respond to the new challenges posed by the Katrina disaster and to lead our new dynamic team of disaster law fellows. Much of our legal work for the next several years will be related to legal problems caused by the Katrina disaster. New Orleans has been called America's most African and European city. Pre-Katrina, New Orleans was one of America's most charming and culturally unique cities with excellent music, architecture, cuisine, and a lively arts scene. The City is in the process of rebuilding after Katrina and is a fascinating and adventurous place to live and work . The older areas of the City such as the French Quarter, Uptown and Algiers were left relatively undamaged by Katrina. Responsibilities The litigation director will play a range of roles, including sole counsel, lead counsel, co-counsel, consulting counsel, and supervisor for our major advocacy work. The litigation director will also serve as a mentor and teacher to our staff attorneys on litigation and advocacy skills. We collaborate with many other law firms, advocacy and community organizations and expect the litigation director to play a key role in these collaborations. The litigation director is not responsible for day-to-day supervision of other attorneys, but is expected to oversee litigation teams, and may be assigned supervision of new projects. Qualifications Commitment to legal services to the poor in the challenging post-Katrina environment. Preferably 10 years in the practice of law, including substantial experience in complex litigation in federal, state and appellate courts. The ideal candidate will also have experience in poverty or public interest law. Salary $60,000 to $70,000. Excellent benefits: employer paid health insurance, pension, short-term and long-term disability insurance and life insurance. Flexible working hours and liberal vacation leave. Application Procedure Send application by e-mail. Applications will be acknowledged by reply e-mail. Applications should include a detailed cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 references. The cover letter should address the following: (1) your significant poverty law and public interest experience (please indicate substantive areas of poverty law experience, depth of experience and any impact or significant cases), (2) federal court litigation (please discuss at least 3 of your more complex cases), (3) appellate court experience, (4) trials before judges and/or juries, (5) policy advocacy in non-litigation forums, (6) supervising, teaching of law or skills to attorneys, (7) work with non-profit boards, bar associations, community groups or task forces. SLLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer Send application to: Mark Moreau New Orleans Legal Assistance 1010 Common St., Suite 1400A New Orleans, LA 70112 mamoreau@nolac.org Fax: (504 529-1008 Closing Date: May 22, 2006 or until filled

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