Now Hiring: Staff Attorney – Economic Justice Program
The Staff Attorney will be responsible for working with the Program Director to identify and develop legal and policy solutions to issues impacting low-income Nebraskans. The focus of the work will be on improving access to public assistance programs, such as Medicaid, cash assistance, child care, and food assistance, as well as improving and expanding access to education and training for low-income adults. The staff attorney will engage in policy research and analysis, legal research and litigation support, and resource development. This position will report to the Director of the Economic Justice Program, but will work closely with Appleseed staff attorneys in other programs and program associates. This is a full time position and will be based in our office in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Staff Attorney will work with the Program Director to carry out the objectives of the program. Specific responsibilities include:
- Conducting policy research and analysis focused on key issues affecting low-income Nebraskans, as well as developing strategies to make positive change.
- Identifying laws and policies that negatively affect low-income Nebraskans, and working with other attorneys in the office to develop and conduct impact or class action litigation to remedy problems.
- Developing educational materials (e.g., reports, fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs) for legislators, advocates, and key stakeholders.
- Engaging with low-income families in order to identify and develop solutions to systemic problems.
- Conducting targeted outreach on issues impacting low income families to allies, partners, and the public.
- Working with coalitions on issues affecting low-income families.
- Supervision of support staff, including law clerks and interns.
- Participation, as needed, in administrative tasks and program teams.
- Licensed to practice law in Nebraska or be willing to take necessary steps to be licensed.
- Excellent legal research, analytic, and writing skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build and maintain community relationships.
- Creative thinking. The ability to develop novel legal theories and strategies to address complex problems.
- Ability to work independently, be organized and detail oriented.
- Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
- Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy on behalf of low-income families.
- Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues facing low-income families.
- Three years experience practicing law strongly preferred but exceptional recent graduates will be considered.
- Legal experience in litigation and the areas of poverty law, administrative law, civil rights, and/or appellate practice preferred.
- Experience with legislative and administrative advocacy preferred.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience and benefits including health, vision, dental retirement and vacation. Salary range $35,000-$40,000.
Position is open until filled. Start Date, June 1, 2014. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and list of three references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Davis at 402.438.8853.
Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or handicap.
Internships & Clerkships
Nebraska Appleseed routinely has positions for interns and law clerks to help support our work. If you are interested in being a law clerk or intern please complete our electronic application form and attach a cover letter and resume. Apply online for Law Clerk, Intern, & Volunteer positions.
Interns are students who have an interest in public interest work. Interns will provide project support for all discrete project areas and assist with basic office functions such as answering phones, assisting with mailings, and filing. Internships can be done for credit. Specific substantive internships may be possible depending on the project proposed.
A law clerk at Nebraska Appleseed is primarily responsible for general legal research within one of the organization’s discrete project areas and works under the supervision of a staff attorney or the Executive Director. Law clerks will do legal research, draft legal memos, draft policy briefs, provide litigation support, and participate in outreach events. Clerkships can be done for credit and are available to current law school students.
- Economic Justice Program Law Clerk
- Immigrants & Communities Program Law Clerk
- Health Care Program Law Clerk
- Child Welfare Program Law Clerk
Nebraska Appleseed Volunteers are anyone who would like to donate time to Nebraska Appleseed either assisting with events or providing administrative support. Volunteers are generally brought on on an as needed basis.
Online Application for Internships & Clerkships