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ky-law-scales2.jpgSenior Litigation and Advocacy Counsel
Award-winning public interest advocacy nonprofit Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an experienced litigator and multi-forum advocate to serve as our Senior Litigation and Advocacy Counsel. The attorney will conduct and oversee program efforts to:
  • Use strategic litigation to protect the interests of low income people and enhance their opportunities
  • Engage in legal and policy advocacy in legislative and administrative forums in selected areas of poverty law
  • Guide program legal work toward quality and impact

The Senior Counsel may work from either our Lexington or Louisville office.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Counsel will:
  • Assess and creatively pursue litigation to protect the interests and enhance opportunities of low income Kentuckians, with special attention on access to justice for under-represented populations
  • Catalyze, mentor, supervise and evaluate program legal work and practice management systems to ensure high quality, teamwork as needed and successful outcomes for the people we serve
  • Offer, build and anchor substantive expertise in areas that complement and extend existing program staff knowledge
  • Monitor, evaluate and conduct legal and policy analysis of selected state and federal agency and legislative plans and proposals, including comments on regulations and lobbying on bills
  • Build networks and relationships with national experts, civil legal aid attorneys and state advocacy partners and provide substantive support for coalition partners
  • Serve as a resource to legal aid attorneys statewide through participation in inter-program task force meetings on selected areas of poverty law, mentoring and co-counseling on selected cases
  • Participate in strategic planning, priority setting and development of projects to better serve low income Kentuckians and advance our mission
  • Assist with grant writing and reporting related to the position

Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor with ability to practice in Kentucky within six months
  • A minimum of five years’ litigation experience including successful administrative appeals and federal and state court appellate practice
  • Familiarity with high impact legal strategies including class actions and multi-plaintiff cases
  • Experience both leading and participating as a member of a litigation team on a complex impact issue
  • Substantive expertise in one or more area of poverty law practice, ideally in areas that extend or complement the expertise of current staff (public benefits or consumer law experience a plus)
  • Experience and demonstrated expertise in analyzing, critiquing and explaining policy proposals (successful experience commenting on regulations and testifying on legislation a plus)
  • Experience providing legal and technical assistance to coalitions and nonprofit advocates
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Familiarity with messaging strategies, advocacy campaigns and social media is a plus.

Salary and Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.

Application Instructions
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to:

Please put “Litigation and Advocacy Counsel” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline: July 20, 2018. Open until filled. Qualified candidates may be interviewed before the deadline.

Starting Date: Flexible, with target date of September 1, 2018.

For more information: Contact Rich Seckel at Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 W. Short Street, Lexington, KY, 40507. Email: richseckel@kyequaljustice.org. Phone: 859-233-3057.

Diversity Statement
KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.



Position filled!

Legal Assistant

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a part-time Legal Assistant for its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. The Legal Assistant will help with client intake, file management, translations and interpreting and general administrative tasks.

Duties and responsibilities
The Legal Assistant will:
  • Conduct client intake via telephone interviews in English and Spanish, as well as other languages through use of telephonic interpretation service
  • Meet daily with program attorney to discuss client eligibility for Clinic’s services
  • Schedule appointments with clients; refer clients to other service providers
  • Translate various documents between English and Spanish
  • Provide interpretation between English and Spanish during client consultations
  • Create files for clients and input data related to legal cases into case management software
  • Perform various administrative tasks, e.g., answering calls, mailing closing letters, assisting with planning for fundraising events

Qualifications
  • The Legal Assistant should:
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Be fluent in Spanish and English
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues
  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Have strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Have some knowledge of internet communications tools
  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities
  • Be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team
  • Have some knowledge of low-income issues and a commitment to social justice, particularly immigrants’ rights

Additional language skills, as well as prior experience with immigration law, the immigrant community, and/or case management software are also strongly preferred.

Salary and benefits
$13 to $16 an hour DOE. Part Time, 12 to 20 hours a week, depending on funding. Health and other fringe benefits not included.

Application instructions
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to:

Leah Engle, Program Director Attorney
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
leahengle@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “MSLC Legal Assistant” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Application Deadline
June 8, 2018. Open until filled. Qualified candidates may be interviewed before the deadline.

For more information
Contact Leah Engle at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, 201 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY, 40508. Email: leahengle@kyequaljustice.org.

Diversity Statement
KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

Position filled!

VISTA Equal Justice Outreach Specialist

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a VISTA member to serve as an Equal Justice Outreach Specialist. The member will join our creative outreach and communications teams. With the help of staff and volunteers, the member will build, create and recruit volunteers for:
  • Community education and prevention programs and partnerships addressing workers’ rights and family financial stability, with a focus on the Latino community
  • Monthly self-help wage claim clinics for workers faced with wage theft
  • Enhanced communications that engage and empower essential audiences

Audiences for communications include anti-poverty community partners, the media, donors and, most important, low-income working families themselves. The member will receive training in tax preparation and during tax season will help manage an area site for free low-income tax assistance.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Equal Justice Outreach Specialist will:
  • Contact and meet with community-based partners to offer presentations for individuals and families (through libraries, schools, churches, job re-entry programs, homeless programs)
  • Update and improve presentations and materials on workers’ rights and emergency preparedness for immigrants in consultation with our Outreach Coordinator on health, Employment Law Attorney on workers’ rights and Immigration Attorney on immigrant rights
  • Reinforce existing partnerships and extend our outreach to new settings by delivering presentations in English and Spanish
  • Manage, refine and improve marketing, case flow, reporting systems and volunteer engagement in clinics and workshops for wage claims, tax prep and immigrant emergency preparedness
  • Build and operate infrastructure for communications, including a media list and press release template, enhanced list management protocols, quarterly newsletter designs and website improvements
  • Provide ongoing news content for essential audiences, including donors, advocacy partners, community service agencies and low income families
  • Engage in planning, marketing and logistics for equal justice-themed fundraising events, including release of an online annual report and retrospective

Qualifications
The ideal Equal Justice Outreach Specialist will:
  • Bring strong communication skills, both written and oral, with a focus on clear communications to public audiences
  • Be proficient speaking and writing in Spanish and English
  • Be comfortable speaking in front of groups
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues
  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Have strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Be well-versed in social media communications and broadcast email tools
  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities
  • Be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team
  • Have some knowledge of low income issues and a commitment to social justice
  • Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Proficiency in Spanish and English a must. Education, training or experience in journalism, communications, marketing, or community organizing a plus.

Stipend and Benefits
VISTA stipend of $12,272 a year ($472 every two weeks) plus individual health coverage and, if needed, child care. Members who successfully complete their year of service are eligible for an education bonus of $5,815 or for a $1,500 cash bonus. See more at VISTA Campus.

One Year Position
Our VISTA member year will begin with Pre-Service Orientation in mid to late August 2018. The position is full time, 35-40 hours a week.

Application Instructions
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to:

Richard Seckel, Director
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “Equal Justice Outreach Specialist” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application Deadline: Monday, May 14, 2018

Diversity Statement
KEJC welcomes your application. VISTA members shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

For more information
Contact Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY, 40507. Email: richseckel@kyequaljustice.org. Phone: 859-233-3057.



About Us

Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene periodic statewide task forces in four areas of poverty law—Consumer and Housing, Family, Welfare and Health and Workers’ Rights—and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Our work includes policy advocacy in all these areas.

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic became a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center in January, 2008. Launched in 1999 by community volunteers, the Clinic offers free or low cost advice and assistance with immigration law to low-income people and their families. The program helps people fleeing persecution in their home countries; immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes; youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with family members; and Lawful Permanent Residents seeking citizenship.