Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice Legal Fellow

Location: NY based or Remote
Division: Advocacy
Reports to: Director of State Policy and National Director, CSSJ
Position Type: Part Time/Contractor

Organizational Background

Founded in 2016, the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) is a multi-state organization that aims to win new safety priorities in large incarceration states across the country. At a time of immense opportunity, ASJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state criminal justice reform through policy advocacy, coalition building, research, education, and strategic communications. ASJ also brings together diverse crime survivors and people with past convictions to advance policies that help communities most harmed by crime and violence. ASJ’s partner organization, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), has
been leading state advocacy efforts to replace over-incarceration in California with new safety priorities since its inception in 2012. With a substantial California staff and a strong track record, CSJ operates as ASJ’s flagship state advocacy effort. Additionally, Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund, a project of Tides Advocacy, is the 501 (c)4 arm of both ASJ and CSJ.

Position Summary

The Alliance for Safety and Justice invites rising third-year law students and law graduates to apply for the opportunity to work with us as a Legal Fellow for up to one year. The fellowship will begin in the fall of 2021. Reporting to the Director of State Policy and National Director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ), the CSSJ Legal Fellow will be focused on two initiatives geared towards removing barriers for both crime survivors and people with prior convictions.

Responsibilities

● Conduct legal research and analysis to develop a 50 state database of crime victim compensation policies and procedures
● Draft a self-directed guide to assist crime victims in applying for and accessing victims compensation
● Draft legal memos and reports as directed
● Interview CSSJ and TimeDone members to inform the development of guide
● Draft and edit public education and advocacy materials
● Engage in public speaking and attend meetings and/or conferences as identified
● Center trauma-informed principles and organizing in all work through program development, organizational practices and processes, and education efforts

Experience & Qualifications

● J.D. or expected to receive a J.D by the spring of 2021
● Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil liberties, criminal justice, and racial justice
● Willingness to work closely with through the funding application process
● Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills
● Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding
● Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently as well as within a team
● Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity when collaborating with colleagues using an approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
● Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward removing obstacles and/or resolving conflicts
● Commitment to the mission of ASJ

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

● Work is normally performed in an interior office setting which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unusual element
● Requires use of a desktop, laptop, or video display terminal
● Requires routine physical movements with limited physical exertion
● Ability to communicate, receive and understand information through oral and written communication and proofread and check documents for accuracy
● Requires communicating information with co-workers, stakeholders and/or the public; reading correspondence, instructions and/or technical documents; writing correspondence and/or reports and filling in forms

Compensation and Benefits

Pay will be commensurate with experience and the terms of the contract and scope of work. This position is a contractor position and will not be eligible for benefits.

To Apply

Applications should be sent to [email protected] with a reference to the CSSJ Legal Fellow in the subject line. Please send a cover letter indicating your interest in ASJ, the role, and your related experience, your resume, and 3-4 professional references.

The Alliance for Safety and Justice is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.