Application deadline: Nov. 13, 2009
The Asian Law Caucus is the nation’s oldest legal organization focusing on the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Recognizing that social, economic, political and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, the Asian Law Caucus is committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of our society, with a specific focus directed toward addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant and underserved APIs. Since 1972, ALC has litigated high-profile cases and provided an array of services including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation. Our current program areas include national security civil rights, immigration, housing & community development, worker health & safety, and juvenile justice & education.
The Asian Law Caucus is currently recruiting a Litigation Director to develop and lead our impact litigation program. The Litigation Director is responsible for identifying broad patterns of abuse or other systemic rights violations and developing strategies to address these patterns of mistreatment via impact litigation.
• Identify strategic opportunities to advance mission of Asian Law Caucus through impact litigation cases
• Maintain active docket of cases at state and federal trial level
• Update and revise organization’s litigation policies and systems
• Set medium and long-term priorities for litigation program in consultation with ALC management staff
• Facilitate regular meetings of staff attorneys ensuring litigation is consistent with ALC mission, vision, and values and maximizes available resources
• Supervise and/or co-counsel staff attorneys in active litigation
• Mentor and support staff attorneys’ efforts to improve their litigation skills
• Engage in administrative and legislative advocacy, community education, and coalition building on rights issues
• Participate in ALC events generally as well as contribute to program-related administrative and fundraising tasks
• Reports to Deputy Director
• Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, API, people of color and/or immigrant communities
• Minimum of five years litigation experience, ideally with background in practice at a public interest organization; appellate level experience preferred but not required; class action experience highly desired
• B.A./B.S. and J.D. degrees with membership in good standing with the California State Bar
• Substantive law experience in a relevant area such as low-wage worker rights, civil rights, voting rights, immigrant rights
• Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
• Ability to work with a highly diverse group of mission-driven lawyers and staff with a range of substantive law knowledge, experience and expertise
• Demonstrated leadership ability
• Experience mentoring staff attorneys
• Preferred bilingual skills in Asian and Pacific Islander language(s)
• Preferred experience in working with the media
Salary and Benefits:
Salary range for this position is $55-80,000, depending on experience. Salary is based on principles of internal equity. A full benefits package is included.
Interested candidates should submit via email (Microsoft Word compatible attachments) a cover letter, resume summarizing your interest, qualifications and experience, salary history, a brief writing sample (no more than 3-5 pages), and three professional references to Christopher Punongbayan, Deputy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please no phone calls.