Hiring Range: $54,200-$59,900
The Justice Defenders Program provides pro bono legal assistance to human rights advocates working in difficult environments and vulnerable circumstances by: Advising on, and raising public awareness of, sensitive trials and cases; Connecting pro bono lawyers with requisite expertise with local lawyers to provide advice on international law standards, share best practices, and assist in developing advocacy and litigation strategies; and observing trials that have garnered local, regional, or international attention and/or have the potential of changing the law, for better or worse, within the country, and providing analysis of those trials.
The Justice Defenders Program’s global reach enables it to help human rights defenders in virtually any country. The Program is sensitive to varied political and factual circumstances and its assistance is tailored to realities “on the ground.” With experienced staff and a dynamic network of pro bono lawyers at the ready, the Program can respond rapidly to acute crises or take on long-term projects as needed.
The staff attorney will report directly to the Director of the Justice Defenders Program. Please note staff attorneys are expected to travel up to 25% of the time. Responsibilities shall include:
1) Outreach and Maintenance of Regional Human Rights Defender Network: The staff attorney shall develop and maintain relationships with human rights advocates abroad.
2) Case Management: The staff attorney shall vet potential cases, conduct preliminary assessments of legal issues, place the case with pro bono counsel, and coordinate the provision of pro bono legal assistance.
3) Research and Writing: The staff attorney shall conduct legal and other research and write memoranda, speeches, and articles, including for publication. The staff attorney shall analyze laws, regulations, policies, and court rules and provide substantive advice and information to the Director.
4) Counsel: The staff attorney shall serve as the resident expert(s) on matters related to their region (see list above) and shall be expected to remain up to date on pertinent developments in regional law, politics, and human rights.
Doctoral Degree (JD, PhD)
Requires JD and bar admission in at least one jurisdiction. 0-3 years legal experience. Requires outstanding communication skills, excellent organizational skills and ability to exercise independent judgment. May occasionally conduct attorney trainings and/or plan/host conferences.
Candidates with substantial experience living and working in Latin America are encouraged to apply. Spanish-language fluency is required. In addition, candidates with grant writing and management experience and/or experience in communications are highly encouraged to apply.
The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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