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

The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a Spanish-speaking paralegal to conduct case intake and analysis, client advocacy, training, outreach, and related duties in our New York City office.

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’s mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS.  LAC effectuates its mission through policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, impact litigation, and legal services.

Job Description and Duties:

  • Conduct client intakes (telephone and in-person).
  • Investigate and analyze cases.
  • Provide information to clients about their rights.
  • Conduct client advocacy with government agencies, employers and others.
  • Help develop educational materials for clients and providers.
  • Conduct trainings for service providers and their clients.
  • Network with organizations serving LAC’s constituencies, including making outreach presentations, attending community events, and generating cross-referrals.
  • Occasional opportunities to participate in public policy advocacy.
  • Provide oral and written translation assistance to staff, including translating foreign language documents.
  • Proof-read and cite-check legal documents, educational materials and general language being used for website and social media.

Qualifications:

  • College graduate with related work experience OR candidates without a college degree who have very significant work experience in a similar position for at least two years.
  • Excellent communication, advocacy, analytic and writing skills required.
  • Experience in a legal services office or social service agency is a plus.
  • Oral and written fluency in Spanish is required.
  • Paralegal training or certificate not necessary.

Application Instructions:

Please email a cover letter and resumé (no calls) to [email protected].  Please put “ Paralegal – SP ” in the subject line.  Applications without cover letters 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) seeks a paralegal to conduct case intake and analysis, client advocacy, training, outreach, and related duties in our New York City office.

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’s mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS.  LAC effectuates its mission through policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, impact litigation, and legal services.

Job Description and Duties:

  • Conduct client intakes (telephone and in-person).
  • Investigate and analyze cases.
  • Provide information to clients about their rights.
  • Conduct client advocacy with government agencies, employers and others.
  • Help develop educational materials for clients and providers.
  • Conduct trainings for service providers and their clients.
  • Network with organizations serving LAC’s constituencies, including making outreach  presentations, attending community events, and generating cross-referrals.
  • Occasional opportunities to participate in public policy advocacy.

Qualifications:

  • College graduate with related work experience OR candidates without a college degree who have very significant work experience in a similar position for at least two years.
  • Excellent communication, advocacy, analytic and writing skills required.
  • Experience in a legal services office or social service agency is a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
  • Paralegal training or certificate not necessary.

Application Instructions:

Please email a cover letter and resumé (no calls) to [email protected]Please put “ Paralegal” in the subject line.  Applications without cover letters 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) seeks a Manager of Human Resources based in its New York City office to develop and administer LAC’s employment-related policies and procedures and manage all human resource activities, such as employment, benefits, training, and employee services.  A key component of this position will be assisting LAC in fostering an office culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity.

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 people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS.  LAC effectuates its mission through policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, impact litigation, and legal services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Manage all aspects of recruiting, interviewing, hiring, onboarding, promotion, discipline and termination processes.
  • Compile and maintain data on recruitment activities, applicant flow, interviews, and hires.
  • Develop and implement orientation and training programs for all new and current personnel, working closely with managers.
  • Maintain LAC organization charts and the employee directory.
  • Evaluate, direct, and implement the performance review process.
  • Provide guidance to staff about human resources matters.
  • Investigate and address employee concerns, grievances, and incidents in concert with management.
  • Work with management, the Racial Justice & Equity Working Group, and other staff to develop and implement strategies incorporating a racial justice and equity lens into all LAC’s human resources practices.
  • Coordinate necessary outside training on topics such as supervision, management, cultural competency, sexual harassment, and racial justice and equity in the workplace.
  • Collaborate with management and outside legal counsel in developing, revising, and implementing personnel policies/practices and related documents.
  • In conjunction with legal counsel, identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources and ensure policies, procedures, and reporting are in compliance for LAC’s offices in NY, DC, and GA.
  • Oversee the maintenance of records required by law, funders, or oversight organizations.
  • Keep records of benefit plan participation such as medical insurance and pension plan.
  • Plan and manage implementation and administration of agency benefit programs, such as health, dental, life, and disability insurances, pension plans, and leaves of absence.
  • Perform related duties, special assignments and projects as required and/or needed.

The position will report to the Director/President.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in management, human resources, psychology or related area from a four-year accredited college or university.

Experience and/or Skills Required
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in human resources, including in a non-profit setting.
  • Demonstrated experience working with senior management on human resources issues.
  • History of experience in conflict-resolution.
  • Knowledge of trainings/training sources for staff in the organization including confidentiality, trauma informed care, and crisis response.
  • Must be able to interact effectively and cooperatively with colleagues and partners at all levels
  • Ability to advise on human resources issues with outside partners
  • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Proven experience and a demonstrated commitment to helping to maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce and to supporting the development and implementation of policies and procedures that promote a race equity culture.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer literacy, including proficiency in Windows environment, word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
Licenses/Certifications/Registration

Preferred

  • Professional designation/accreditation, such as Professional in Human Resources awarded by the Society of Human Resources Management
Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions:

Please email a cover letter and resumé (no calls) to [email protected]. Applicants should specify if they are interested in part time or full time employment, or flexible. 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) 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.

LAC seeks a full-time Senior Staff Accountant in its New York Office.  Reporting directly to the Director of Finance, the Senior Staff Accountant will prepare fiscal reports, vouchers, and billings/invoices for payment.  The Senior Staff Accountant will also assure that fiscal records, reports, vouchers, billings, time/leave and any other records are maintained in compliance with funder, auditor, agency and regulatory requirements.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Manage the maintenance of the agency’s fiscal records ensuring accountability and the safeguarding of assets.
  • Maintain the general ledger.
  • Review and approve journal entries.
  • Advise the Director of Finance on financial matters.
  • Develop governmental budgets.
  • Monitor and analyze expense on an on-going basis.
  • Evaluate the need for budget revisions and develop budget modifications based on current year spending patterns which are consistent with funder guidelines and time frames.
  • Provide revisions to the Fiscal operations manual to the Director of Finance.
  • Prepare reports, vouchers and billings to funders in an accurate manner by the due date specified by the funder guidelines.
  • Ensure fiscal compliance with government contracts.
  • Reconcile all agencies’ bank accounts.
  • Prepare schedules for audit and manage the agency audits.
  • Assist the Director of Finance in preparing and conducting cost control meetings with Program Directors.
  • Prepare quarterly fiscal reports for the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee to manage the agency finances.
  • Assist the Director of Finance in preparing cost center analysis geared towards meetings with program staff and management.
  • Manage monthly closing of all accounting systems, G/L, A/P, and A/R.
  • Monitor and reconcile monthly and quarterly accounting reports to external funding.
  • Monitor and reconcile monthly and quarterly accounting reports with development report.
  • Manage time reporting activities by developing allocation percentages consistent with budget and supervising payroll/timekeeping activities.
  • Prepare the Consolidated Fiscal Report (CFR).
  • Preform other related tasks as assigned.

Job Qualifications and Requirements:

Candidate must be college graduate with a minimum of five years finance or accounting experience.  Computer skills and exposure to fund accounting are also required.  Knowledge of FUND EZ 10 and Excel are essential.

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]. 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.

Legal Internships

The Legal Action Center (LAC) hires law student interns for the summer and Spring/Fall semester in our New York City office. LAC offers an hourly salary to interns who do not receive course credit or outside funding for their work.

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 with criminal justice involvement, including conducting intakes, drafting client advocacy documents, and preparing motions to seal eligible criminal records under New York’s new sealing law, CPL 160.59.
  • Conducting legal research for LAC’s cutting-edge impact litigation in privacy rights and anti-discrimination protections for individuals with criminal records, substance use disorder, and/or living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Conducting legal research for LAC’s policy advocacy at the federal, state, and local level; and
  • Drafting position papers, model legislation, and other policy documents in support of LAC’s core mission.

LAC encourages our legal interns to join our meetings with partner organizations, conferences, public hearings, and trainings with LAC attorneys and policy staff, depending on programming and interns’ interests.

Legal interns may also 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. Strong analytic and communication skills required. Experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to the issues facing the communities served by LAC preferred. Proficiency in a second language welcomed. The Legal Action Center is proud to be 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: Please read carefully. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the Legal Action Center at [email protected], with the subject line “Legal Internship.” Cover letters should include a statement of interest in LAC’s work and clearly indicate whether the applicant is applying for a Spring, Summer, or Fall 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, https://www.lac.org and www.hirenetwork.org, 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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