JOB: NAPABA Law Foundation Legal Fellow

Job posting: NAPABA Law Foundation Legal Fellow

BACKGROUND AND MISSION For over 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and empower them to create change in their communities.  In 2017 we finalized a five-year strategic plan and are now guided by a new mission statement: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity. Advancing Justice | Chicago is deeply committed to its grassroots community organizing. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, a fierce accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Asian Americans have a unique experience and voice that can make an even more significant contribution to the progressive movement. Together, we equip the community with the knowledge and resources to regularly engage with power-brokers and decision-makers at all levels of society for the advancement of social justice, equal rights, political representation, and human dignity. Simultaneously, we align, convene and collaborate with like-minded organizations to advocate for laws and policies that promote social, economic, political, and racial equity including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, hate crimes and discrimination. As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power. Whether locally, regionally, or nationally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is building a powerful Asian American voice for racial equity. POSITION DESCRIPTION At this critical time in our nation’s history, when the rights of immigrants and other communities have been questioned by our government and white nationalism seeks to destroy communities of color, Advancing Justice | Chicago continues to be a leader in protecting the rights of Asian American and immigrant communities in our city, state and region. This is also a critical time for our organization, and we are now positioned, both financially and strategically, to open a powerful, new chapter in Advancing Justice | Chicago’s history. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation’s Community Law Fellowship was created to encourage young attorneys to engage with the community on policy advocacy, impact litigation, and legal services to vulnerable communities. Advancing Justice | Chicago is seeking applicants interested in gaining firsthand experience in legal and policy-based advocacy on civil rights issues significant to Asian American communities to sponsor for a fellowship with the NAPABA Law Foundation or other post-graduate fellowship. REPORTS TO Policy Director RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Coordinate legislative and advocacy campaigns under the guidance of Advancing Justice | Chicago’s Policy Director- researching, implementing, and defending civil rights initiatives in areas including:
  • Democracy: support efforts to improve and expand democracy initiatives alongside coalition partners. This could include implementation of prior legislative victories, advocating for future policy changes, redistricting, coordination and analysis of volunteer poll watching efforts, and other research.
  • Language Justice: support the efforts to develop community-led model policies to expand and improve language justice with a racial equity lens.
  • Litigation Support: research and draft legal memoranda on pertinent legal issues, support drafting of Amicus briefs alongside our Affiliation, and other assistance as needed.
  • Legislative Advocacy: assist on-going issue-based campaigns, including research and analysis, regarding Democracy, Language Justice, and Immigration.
  • Advancing Justice | Chicago is open to fellowship projects on a wide array of topics. Applicants are encouraged to identify specific issues and areas of focus for their fellowship proposal. Advancing Justice | Chicago is committed to working closely with the selected candidate to develop compelling fellowship proposals that can be completed during a two-year fellowship period.
  • Must have a J.D. or plans to complete their J.D. by May 2020.
  • Two-year commitment to serve as a Fellow at Advancing Justice | Chicago, starting Fall 2020.
  • Strong interest in gaining firsthand experience in legal and policy-based advocacy on civil rights issues significant to Asian American communities.
  • Strong interest in being sponsored for a fellowship with the NAPABA Law Foundation or other post-graduate fellowship.
  • A position with us is contingent on the applicant securing outside funding.
  • Proficiency in using standard legal databases, Microsoft Office programs, and the internet.
  • Excellent legal drafting skills, policy analysis, and oral communication skills.
  • Is a self-starter with the ability to work independently, think creatively and prioritize multiple tasks;
  • Has experience working with Asian American communities, community organizations, or issues;
  • Has flexible working hours including some evenings and weekends; and,
  • Bilingual skills in English and an Asian language are an asset.
For more information about NAPABA Law Foundation’s Fellowship Program, visit: INQUIRY AND APPLICATION PROCESS Interested candidates should email their resumes, a letter of interest describing project interest areas, and references to Justin Valas, Policy Director (he/him): Please include “NAPABA Law Foundation Legal Fellow” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago 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 identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.