LatinoJustice PRLDEF is Seeking Staff Attorney for its New Orlando Satellite Office

LatinoJustice PRLDEF is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country. By litigating precedent-setting impact cases across the country and training young people to be leaders in their community, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has profoundly improved the way Latinos are treated in U.S. society, working to ensure that they have more opportunities for political, economic, social and educational equality since 1972.

Their areas of focus include immigrants’ rights; voting rights; employment discrimination and worker’s rights including the treatment of day laborers; and racial profiling / law enforcement issues. Over the last decade in Florida, the organization has  litigated voting rights cases in Volusia, Orange and Dade counties; has advocated for the creation of fair redistricting plans; has opposed the passage of local anti-immigrant ordinances; and has interceded before the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of Hispanic voters in Hillsborough County. Additionally, in the Southeast U.S. they are part of the civil rights coalition challenging anti-immigrant state laws in cases in Alabama and South Carolina.

LatinoJustice is now seeking an energetic, motivated attorney with a record of commitment to social justice work, and excellent legal, written, research, and communications skills to join their legal team. The attorney will staff and manage a new regional office of LatinoJustice PRLDEF in Orlando, Florida. The attorney will join LatinoJustice’s legal staff and report to the Deputy General Counsel based in our main office in New York. As part of LatinoJustice’s legal team, the attorney will help develop strategies to achieve litigation goals in coordination with appropriate LatinoJustice PRLDEF staff. Additionally, the attorney will also serve as a resource for Latino groups in Florida and in select areas of the Southeast and will be expected to devise and execute strategies to solidify the organization’s presence in the Southeast. The expectation is that the attorney will assist us in developing the Southeast Regional Office and eventually manage a small, but growing staff of legal and non-legal personnel.

Required Qualifications:

Working knowledge of public interest and civil rights issues, and constitutional law. Minimum of 5 years post-bar admission to the Florida bar; litigation experience in federal or state courts required. The attorney must be admitted and in good standing. Candidate should be effective in written and oral communication, be highly self-motivated, possess excellent interpersonal skills to develop diverse allies and facilitate collaboration, and ability to work well independently and in teams. Bilingual skill in Spanish/English is required. Applicants with experience working with or on behalf of Latino communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, writing sample (5 to 15 pages) and three references to: Silvia Orna, Director of Human Resources and Operations.

Deadline for submission of materials: October 1, 2013 or until position is filled.

To learn more about LatinoJustice PRLDEF, please visit the website.