Staff Attorney – Economic Justice & Immigrants and Communities Programs
The Staff Attorney will be responsible for researching, analyzing, and developing legal and policy solutions together with community stakeholders improve the lives of the working poor, protect workers’ rights, and improve housing affordability, job quality, wages, and benefits. The Staff Attorney will assist in municipal and state-level legislative advocacy. The position will work closely with staff attorneys and community organizers in the Economic Justice Program and Immigrants & Communities Program, as well as the Policy Director and Legal Director. The position will also work in close partnership with Civic Nebraska and the South of Downtown Community Development Organization. This is a full-time position based in our office in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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.
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.
- Conduct legal research and analysis focused on the legal aspects of key issues affecting working poor Lincolnites and Nebraskans, as well as draft legislation and provide testimony to state and local legislative bodies and administrative agencies.
- Identify best-practice policy solutions adopted in other states and cities addressing poverty, housing affordability, workers rights, and quality jobs and wages, and research their applicability in Lincoln and Nebraska.
- Work with community members and community partners to identify issues, and potential systemic legal and policy solutions to issues raised by the community.
- Work with the Legal Director and other staff attorneys to develop and conduct impact or class action litigation to remedy problems.
- 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 relating to workers rights issues.
- Participate, as needed, in administrative tasks and program teams.
- Licensed to practice law in Nebraska or willing to take necessary steps to be licensed.
- Excellent legal research, analytic, 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, be organized and detail-oriented.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively build and maintain community relationships.
- Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues facing low income individuals and worker.
- Exceptional recent graduates will be considered as well as more experienced attorneys.
- Legal experience in litigation and the areas of local government law and employment 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 together with workers and working poor Nebraskans.
- Spanish language fluency (speaking, reading and writing).
Salary and Benefits
Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience plus benefits including health, vision, dental, 401(k), paid sick days and paid vacation.
The application deadline is September 21, 2018 and the target start date is October 24, 2018. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, your bar number or explanation of your current status of licensure, and list of three references via email to Nicholette Seigfreid at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to Nebraska Appleseed, Attn: Nicholette Seigfreid, 941 O Street, Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508. If you have any questions, please contact Nicholette at 402-438-8853 x122.
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 and becoming engaged in our work.
Fill out our volunteer form below or apply for an internship or clerkship and 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.
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.
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).
The deadline to apply for an internship for the Fall of 2018 is Friday, July 20th.
If you have any questions, you can email our Organizing Director, Selina, at email@example.com
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.
- Economic Justice Program Law Clerk
- Immigrants & Communities Program Law Clerk
- Health Care Program Law Clerk
- Child Welfare Program Law Clerk