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Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Staff Attorney – Economic Justice Program

Position Summary

The Staff Attorney will be responsible for researching, analyzing, and developing legal and policy solutions, together with community stakeholders, to improve the lives of low paid Nebraskans. The staff attorney will work to improve public benefit programs, job quality, consumer protections, adult education, and housing affordability. The Staff Attorney will assist in state-level legislative advocacy. The position will work closely with other staff in the Economic Justice Program, as well as the Policy Directors and Legal Director. This is a full-time position based in our office in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Organization Profile

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. Nebraska Appleseed takes a systemic approach to complex issues – such as children’s welfare, immigration policy, affordable healthcare, and poverty – and we take our work wherever we can do the most good, whether that’s in the courthouse, at the statehouse, or in the community. For more information, visit neappleseed.org.

Nebraska Appleseed is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity among our board, staff, interns, clerks, and volunteers. These foundational values are central to our mission to increase justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.

Nebraska Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQ people, individuals with disabilities, individuals with personal experience with poverty, and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Nebraska Appleseed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with community members and community partners to identify issues and potential systemic legal and policy solutions to issues raised by the community.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis on key issues affecting low paid Nebraskans, draft legislation, and provide testimony to state and administrative agencies.
  • Work with the Legal Director and other staff attorneys to develop and conduct impact or class action litigation to remedy problems.
  • Identify best-practice policy solutions adopted in other states addressing poverty, housing affordability, adult education and quality jobs and wages.
  • Develop educational materials (e.g., reports, fact sheets, presentations, policy briefs) for key stakeholders.
  • Supervise law clerks, and advise intake coordinator and community organizers on intakes.
  • Participate, as needed, in administrative tasks and program teams.

Requirements:

  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Creative and strategic thinking.
  • The ability to develop novel legal theories and strategies to address complex problems, and keep the big picture in mind
  • Ability to work independently, and be organized and detailed oriented
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively build and maintain community relationships

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues facing low paid individuals.
  • Exceptional recent graduates will be considered as well as more experienced attorneys.
  • Legal experience in litigation and the areas of public benefits law, administrative law, civil rights, and/or appellate practice.
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
  • Experience with legislative and administrative advocacy.
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy.
  • Spanish language fluency (speaking, reading and writing).

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary based on experience and benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), and vacation.

To Apply

Application deadline is January 31, 2020 and the target start date is February 18, 2020

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email to careers@neappleseed.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Ralph Kellogg, Human Resources Director, 941 O Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508.


Get Involved With Nebraska Appleseed

There are many ways to get involved with Appleseed, and we welcome all passionate individuals who are interested in learning more about becoming engaged in our work.

Please read about our volunteer opportunities below to see which opportunities interest you, and how you can fit into Appleseed’s work. Once you fill out our volunteer form, a staff member will be in touch with you about next steps towards joining us in the fight for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans.

Sign Up To Volunteer

What types of volunteer opportunities interest you?
What kind of work would you like to do? Please keep in mind that we provide staff supervision and guidance on every project, so do not let lack of experience deter you from selecting an interest! We encourage you to select any project that you may be interested in participating in.

Arts-related projects - This can range from helping us design our new Get Out to Vote materials, to helping paint the canvasses we take to events.

Writing a letter to the editor (LTE) - LTEs are short (200-250 words) letters about why you care about a certain issue, and what other community members can do to help. These are submitted to local newspapers, as well as senators.

Staffing an event - Volunteers can help with set-up, leading activities at Appleseed’s booth, encouraging people to sign up for our email listing, telling community members about Appleseed’s work as they walk by, and helping with logistics. This includes both Appleseed-hosted and external events.

Door Canvassing - At Appleseed, we are involved in deep canvassing. When having conversations at residents’ doors, try to go deeper into the issues that a person may be facing by asking open-ended questions about people’s lives in Lincoln. Volunteers initially help with note taking in this process, but are welcome to lead canvasses as they become more comfortable.

Phone Canvassing Phone canvassing (or phone banking) is when we call our fellow Nebraskans to encourage them to take action on a policy change or to vote in an election. Volunteers can help us to spread the word about voter registration or these policy changes by coming to one of our phone canvassing events.

Hosting an advocacy event - This could include inviting Appleseed staff to give one of our many trainings to a group or organization you are a part of, including Advocacy 101, Storytelling Trainings, and presentations on Medicaid. This could also be a movie screening, or any activity you are excited about.

Translation/Interpretation - If you speak another language, we would love to have you help with translating materials, interpreting during canvassing or listening session, etc.

Preparing materials for staff to take to talks and events - This can involve printing pamphlets, packing sign-in sheets, and helping with other office tasks.

Data sorting or data entry - This can involve helping input data that we gather, as well as looking through the data to pull out specific themes or topics.

Census Help - Work with us or local community partners to help to make sure every Nebraskan is counted in the 2020 census. For the next few months, there will be meetups and gatherings in or near your local communities to prepare volunteers in assisting community members with filling out the online census survey in April.

Which of the following skills/traits do you possess?
If you indicated artistic skills above, please tell us which skills you possess.
If you indicated translation / interpretation skills above, please tell us which languages you are proficient in.
What areas of our work excite you?

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 below for Law Clerk and Intern positions.

Internships

The Nebraska Appleseed Internship Program is a hands on way to learn about nonprofit and advocacy work in Nebraska.

Our internships are part time, unpaid positions (8-12 hours per week). Interns work within our programs to conduct research projects, assist with advocacy and public policy work, help with community outreach and education, and provide general office support.

Interns work directly under the supervision of a Nebraska Appleseed staff member in one of our four program areas (Immigrants and Communities, Economic Justice, Health Care Access, and Child Welfare).

We will be accepting Spring 2020 applicants from November 18th-29th, 2019.

If you have any questions, you can email our Organizing Director, Selina, at smartinez@neappleseed.org

Internship Application 

Law Clerks

Nebraska Appleseed clerkships are full or part time positions open to current law students that provide opportunities to experience a wide variety of public interest law. Law clerks will do research, legal writing, litigation support, assist with administrative appeals and advocacy and conduct public policy research and analysis. Law clerks work directly under the supervision of Nebraska Appleseed Staff Attorneys allowing them to get one on one attention and direction.

Available Positions

Clerkship Application