Opportunities with EJS

  • RACIAL JUSTICE AND CIVIL RIGHTS STAFF ATTORNEY
  • SUMMER LAW CLERK (2021)

RACIAL JUSTICE AND CIVIL RIGHTS STAFF ATTORNEY

Location:  Oakland, California, or remotely

Equal Justice Society seeks a dynamic attorney with five or more years of experience with a strong commitment to racial justice and to dismantling structural racism in education, the justice system, and in all institutions.  

Equal Justice Society’s Mission and Work

Equal Justice Society (“EJS”) is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts.  A national legal organization focused on restoring constitutional safeguards against discrimination, EJS’s goal is to help achieve a society where race is no longer a barrier to opportunity.  As heirs of the innovative legal and political strategists of Brown v. Board of Education, EJS broadly models its work after the Brown litigation team.  Following in their footsteps, EJS fights race discrimination by collaborating with social scientists and legal scholars to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination by showing judges and other decision-makers how implicit bias and structural racism harm school children, college applicants of color, and people who are incarcerated, among other groups.

EJS’s goal is to fully restore the rights guaranteed under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and under other fundamental federal and state civil rights laws.  EJS pursues these goals using a three-pronged approach of litigation, legislative and policy advocacy and grassroots organizing that leverages outreach, coalition building, messaging, and communication strategies. EJS’s current advocacy focuses on school discipline, special education, the school-to-prison pipeline, college admissions, and inequities in the criminal justice system.

Qualifications

Applicants must demonstrate experience in and a deep commitment to social justice and racial justice advocacy.  This should include relevant legal and policy work; ideally with experience in project management and/or coalition-building experience. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in California and have five or more years of experience as a lawyer.  EJS also highly values the following for this position:  Strong interpersonal skills; strong oral, and written communications skills; lived experience with advancing racial equity and with communities of color; excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize, lead and balance multiple projects, short and long-term; and the ability to think and act strategically and to work collaboratively and productively with others.

Duties

Under the supervision of the Legal Director and as a member of EJS’s legal team, the staff attorney will play both a leadership and collaborative role in EJS’s litigation, legislative, and policy advocacy cases and projects.  The attorney will also support the organization’s implicit bias and related training projects; coalition building projects, programs and events, and, as with all legal team members, work with the development team on funding proposals and reports and meetings with funders. Duties will include pleading and brief writing, legal research, conducting discovery and case/project strategy and management; engaging with clients,  community members, co-counsel, opposing counsel, public officials and the media; policy and legislative research and writing, including drafting bill language; training and public speaking on race equity; and assisting the Legal Director in the hiring of clerks and interns. 

Compensation

The annual salary range is $70,000 to $76,000 DOE; EJS’s benefits package includes medical, vision, dental insurance coverage and other ancillary benefits, and loan repayment assistance.

Application Instructions

Please email a (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) writing sample, and (4) a list of three references that includes past supervisors of your work to jobs@equaljusticesociety.org with “Racial Justice Staff Attorney” in the subject line.  EJS will review applications on a rolling basis beginning on December 14, 2020.   

EJS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, people with disabilities, religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.


SUMMER LAW CLERK (2021)

EJS has one to two law clerk positions available for Summer 2021 at our office in Oakland (1939 Harrison St. Suite 818, Oakland, CA 94612). EJS is looking for part-time or full-time law clerks to take on legal research, writing, and analysis in the areas of civil rights and racial justice. 

Law clerk duties may also include assisting with training preparation, client and community meetings, or other field-related work.  The positions are open to law students who have completed at least their first year of law school.  Remote work set-up may be required or optional based on COVID-19 public health requirements/protocols and internal EJS policies.  For more information, email jobs@equaljusticesociety.org.

The Equal Justice Society (“EJS”) is transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts.  Dismantling structural racism is at the core of EJS’s work. Specifically, EJS seeks to fully restore the constitutional protections of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause, which guarantees all citizens receive equal treatment under the law.   We use a three-pronged approach to accomplish these goals, combining litigation and other legal advocacy, outreach and coalition building, and education through effective messaging and communication strategies.

Our legal strategy aims to broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include unconscious and structural bias by using cognitive science, structural analysis, and real-life experience.  EJS targets its advocacy efforts on school discipline, special education, the school-to-prison pipeline, white supremacy, transforming public safety and inequities in the criminal justice system.

Location:Oakland, California  
Compensation:Applicants must first seek funding through their law school internship or field placement programs, scholarships, or another third-party source.  EJS will provide supplemental funding such that a clerk’s total compensation is at a rate commensurate to $8,000 for a full-time schedule (35 hrs./week) for 10 weeks.  
Rolling Deadline:EJS will review law clerk applications and will hire on a rolling basis until the positions are filled or March 31, 2021, whichever is earlier.    Early application is highly recommended, but 1L students should comply with their law school’s guidelines for when they may apply for summer positions.     
Application:Please email (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) writing sample (a legal memorandum that is no more than 20 pages), and (4) a list of three references to jobs@equaljusticesociety.org with “Summer 2021 Law Clerk Application” in the subject line.  

EJS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

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