Criminal Justice Reform Legal Fellow


Posted: November 6, 2017
Application Deadline: November 27, 2017


Exempt, Full-time position

Application deadline – November 27, 2017


Criminal Justice Reform Legal Fellow

As the nation’s oldest legal organization focusing on the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (ALC) is a leader in defending the interests of low-income immigrants. Since 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC has litigated high-profile cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation. Our current program areas include Criminal Justice Reform, Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, National Security Civil Rights, Workers’ Rights, and Voting Rights.

Position Summary: Advancing Justice-ALC is recruiting a legal fellow for its Criminal Justice Reform Program to support passage of pro-immigrant policies at the local and state level in the Midwest and the South.  The legal fellow will provide technical support to community-based organizations to advance policy changes.  The legal fellow also will identify opportunities for litigation to ensure compliance with laws that disentangles local and state law enforcement from immigration enforcement. Areas of legal expertise preferred include immigration and criminal justice.  Previous experience with legal services, community organizing, and policy advocacy is strongly desired.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop educational resources, including an advocacy toolkit and know your rights materials, for immigrant communities and community-based organizations.
  • Provide trainings, webinars, and technical support to community-based organizations to advance pro-immigrant policy changes.
  • Organize and analyze data obtained from public records requests to identify trends and changing needs of immigrant community at the intersection of immigration and criminal justice.
  • Provide advice and counsel, and in some cases representation, to immigrant community members regarding immigration and criminal justice issues.
  • Identify opportunities for litigation at the intersection of criminal justice and immigration.
  • Maintain knowledge and compliance with funding deliverables.
  • Collaborates with senior staff attorney and staff attorney in ALC’s Criminal Justice Reform Program

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year legal services or litigation experience, ideally with familiarity in practicing in a non-profit context and on immigration and criminal justice issues
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, people of color, and/or immigrant communities
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of mission-driven lawyers and staff with a range of substantive law knowledge, experience and expertise
  • Willingness to travel on a periodic basis.
  • Highly motivated and self-starting
  • A./B.S. and J.D. degrees with membership in good standing with a State Bar (California preferred)
  • Preferred experience in supervising non-legal staff


One-year legal fellow position.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range for this position is $50,000-$55,000 depending on experience. Salary is based on principles of internal equity. A full benefits package is included. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit via email (Microsoft Word compatible attachments):
(1) cover letter explaining your interest in the position, (2) resume, and (3) three professional references to  Indicate “Criminal Justice legal fellow application” in the subject line.  Target start date is mid-Dec 2017 or sooner.  Please no phone calls.

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

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