LAC is a non-profit law and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with substance use disorders, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records.

New York

About LAC: The Legal Action Center (LAC) is a national non-profit law and advocacy organization founded in 1973, with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.  LAC is the only organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS. LAC is a national leader in preserving the gains realized through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of expanded access to health care for people with mental health and substance use disorders and people in the criminal justice system. LAC is also a leading advocate for the privacy of substance use disorder and HIV information.

Job Description: LAC seeks a full-time Development Assistant to support fundraising and marketing initiatives, including during our annual fundraising events, direct mail and major gifts campaigns, product promotions, and online fundraising campaigns.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Raiser’s Edge

  • Data entry and gift acknowledgment
  • Generating fundraising reports, queries, exports, and merges
  • Updating donor and gift records with a high degree of accuracy

Event Planning

  • Managing guests lists and seating
  • Helping coordinate all event logistics, including supervising registration workers, directing foot traffic, helping to pack and unpack supply boxes at events
  • Developing event materials, including event displays, invitations, and email communications

Communications and Marketing Support

  • Creating mailing lists, drafting fundraising and acknowledgement letters, and editing donor communications
  • Contributing to the development of newsletters, e-blasts, webpages, and social media content
  • Working with key legal staff to promote LAC products and services

Administrative Support

  • Assisting with mailings, photocopying, word processing, proofreading, and administrative tasks
  • Researching and gathering information for the department
  • Conducting confirmation phone calls
  • Other general office duties

Qualifications: Ideal candidate is a self-motivated, energetic individual with a keen eye for detail and strong organizational skills who has the following qualifications:

  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (particularly in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Raiser’s Edge (or other fundraising database) experience including data entry and queries
  • Ability to proofread closely with a high degree of accuracy
  • Excellent written, phone, and verbal communication skills
  • A minimum of 1-2 years of experience in a fundraising department
  • Strong organizational skills coupled with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, to anticipate and meet deadlines, and to respond to unanticipated problems

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with subject line “Development and Marketing Assistant.” Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary and excellent working conditions.

The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a full-time Administrative Assistant in its New York office to provide administrative support to the attorneys in the legal department. The position will report to the Manager of Administration but will work closely with other members of the Legal Department.

About the Organization: LAC is a private, not-for-profit law and policy organization, with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. LAC is the only organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against and protect the privacy of people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS. LAC uses a multi-faceted approach to effectuate its mission and create systemic change, including impact litigation, legal services, and policy advocacy.

Job Responsibilities:
The Administrative Assistant will work in the legal department and be part of the support team to:

• Provide administrative support to the legal department including but not limited to: managing calendars, travel, expenses, and other associated tasks; supporting team members with projects and events and planning team meetings;
• Coordinate all legal department training and perform related administrative work;
• Coordinate and schedule meetings and conference call for the attorneys;
• Make travel arrangements for the attorneys;
• Prepare and file documents for legal department attorneys, including maintaining litigation hardbacks and doing electronic court filings;
• Assist with production of all legal department publications, documents, reports, training materials, grant proposals, and reports, etc;
• Provide technical support for legal staff, e.g., with Excel or other software;
• Troubleshooting equipment, e.g., copier machine;
• Oversee and coordinate updates to LAC’s website;
• Conduct other administrative tasks to support the legal team and office, as necessary;
• Phone coverage.

Job Qualifications and Requirements:

• Bachelors Degree preferred;
• Bilingual in Spanish and English, required;
• Strong writing and verbal skills, required;
• Minimum of 3-5 years of administrative assistant experience, preferred;
• Strong proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
• Working knowledge of the Internet required (WordPress preferred);
• Must be able to take the initiative but also seek direction when necessary;
• Must be able to exercise sound judgment, be highly organized, detail-oriented, and possess strong time-management skills;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to remain calm under pressure;
• Strong organizational and problem-solving skills; exceptional accuracy and attention to details;
• Strong project management skills and demonstrated the ability of multitasking, setting priorities and meeting demanding deadlines;
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple simultaneous priorities;
• A passion for the work of the organization;
• High level of professionalism with strong interpersonal skills;
• Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality; good judgment and diplomacy.

Professional Level: Entry level

Compensation and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including medical insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, and pre-tax flexible benefits.

Application Instructions: Please email a cover letter and résumé (no calls) to [email protected] and write “Administrative Assistant” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but please apply as soon as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Legal Action Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Legal Action Center (LAC) offers semester and summer internships to law students in New York City. We will also consider applications from students who are splitting their summers between law firms and public interest organizations. LAC offers an hourly salary to interns who do not receive course credit or outside funding.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: LAC is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, and criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. For over 40 years, LAC has championed public health approaches to substance use disorder and HIV/AIDS, fought mass incarceration, and challenged the myriad collateral consequences of a criminal record. LAC uses a multi-faceted approach to effect change, including direct legal services, impact litigation, education, and policy advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: Working in the New York City office, legal interns work directly with our attorneys and policy staff to further LAC’s work as needed, which may include:

  • Providing direct legal services to individuals facing discrimination on the basis of their criminal records or HIV/AIDS status, including conducting intakes and drafting client advocacy documents;
  • Providing direct legal services to individuals eligible to seal their criminal records under New York’s new sealing law, Criminal Procedure Law § 160.59, including screening clients for eligibility, assisting clients in filing their sealing motions, and potentially representing clients in hearings;
  • Conducting legal research for LAC’s cutting-edge impact litigation in privacy rights and discrimination (by employers, criminal justice and child welfare agencies, and health insurers, among others); and
  • Drafting position papers, model legislation, and other policy documents in support of LAC’s core mission.

Summer legal interns may have the opportunity to attend meetings, conferences, public hearings, and trainings with LAC attorneys and policy staff, depending on programming and interns’ interests.

Legal interns may also have the opportunity to develop a substantial writing sample or law review-style article about novel legal issues that arise in our work. We encourage legal interns to develop projects and apply for post-graduate fellowships at LAC.

For more information about LAC’s current litigation and policy work, see our recent Highlights.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be students who have completed their first or second year of law school. Excellent analytic and writing skills required. Demonstrated commitment to the issues facing the communities served by LAC preferred. Proficiency in a second language welcomed. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer.

TIME COMMITMENT: Summer interns are expected to work at least 35-40 hours per week, for at least 10 weeks. Semester interns are expected to work at least 10 hours per week, for at least 10 weeks.

COMPENSATION: LAC pays an hourly rate to legal interns if they do not receive external funding or course credit for the internship.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the Legal Action Center at [email protected], with the subject line “Legal Internship.” We will review applications on a rolling basis. The application deadline is August 15 for the fall term, December 1 for the spring term, and February 15 for the summer. First year law student applications for the summer internship will not be accepted before December 1, in accordance with the NALP Principles and Standards. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Washington, D.C.

Legal Internship – Spring 2019 Semester

The Legal Action Center (LAC) is hiring a law student for the spring 2019 semester in our Washington, D.C. office.  The internship would be for the full spring semester, 10-20 hours/week.  Applicants may elect to receive a salary ($15.00/hour) or academic credit for their work.

LAC’s D.C. office advocates with Congress, federal administrative agencies and state policy-makers to end discrimination against people with histories of addiction; to expand funding and coverage for substance use disorder treatment, prevention, and research through all forms of health care financing; and to eliminate barriers to re-entry for people with criminal records. LAC’s DC office collaborates with organizations around the country and national coalitions to achieve its goals.

JOB DESCRIPTON AND DUTIES:  The legal intern will research, track, and analyze federal and state legislation, laws, regulations, and policies related to private and public health insurance and criminal justice initiatives affecting persons with addiction histories; attend Congressional hearings and briefings; conduct legal research on health care coverage and insurance discrimination; and assist in other ongoing projects related to both state and federal advocacy work.  Excellent research and writing skills are required. Past interns have included law students interested in policy development and advocacy and the substantive issues at the core of LAC’s work.

The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer. Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly urged to apply.

More information about LAC and our National HIRE Network, which focuses on expanding employment opportunities for people with criminal records, can be found on our websites, and, or by contacting Sherie V. Boyd, D.C. Office Manager at [email protected].

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in LAC’s work and relevant experience to Ms. Boyd at [email protected].

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