Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

 



 Louisiana
 Capital
 Assistance
 Center
  A Non-Profit Law Office


 
 
Contact Us:

 636 Baronne Street
 New Orleans La 70113  USA
 Ph. +1 (504) 558 9867
 Fax. +1 (504) 558 0378
 
info@thejusticecenter.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Employment and Internship Opportunities

 

Current Employment Opportunities

 

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Employment Opportunities

The LCAC seeks individuals committed to client-centered representation, hard work and the pursuit of excellence and creativity in capital representation.

The LCAC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. LCAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religious creed, national original, ancestry, disability, or sexual orientation. LCAC encourages applications from minorities, women and other groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession

 

Capital Trial Attorney

Administrative Assistant

 

Capital Trial Attorney

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a capital trial attorney position in its New Orleans office. Applicants should have, at the minimum, three years criminal experience and a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense representation; capital-specific experience is preferred. Depending upon experience, applicants will be considered for either an associate (2nd chair) or lead (1st chair) position.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993, with offices in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana. The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings. We represent clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and in federal cases.

In recent years, Louisiana and the LCAC have been at the cutting edge of capital defense litigation, particularly in areas such as prosecutorial misconduct, racial and religious discrimination, adequate indigent defense funding and the capital prosecution of those with serious mental impairments. In the context of its casework, the LCAC pursues impact litigation in critical areas so as to advance the position of indigent capital defendants more generally. The LCAC emphasizes excellence and creativity in capital practice as well as making the client the center of all efforts in the case.

Interested applicants should provide the following by email to Christine Lehmann at clehmann@thejusticecenter.org: cover letter discussing your interest in the position, CV, writing sample, law school transcript if graduated within the past five years, and contact information for three references. Applicants must be either barred in Louisiana or willing to take the next Louisiana bar exam. The position is open until filled but motivated applicants should aim to submit materials as soon as possible. The LCAC is an equal opportunity employer. The application period for this job ad is extended through December 9, 2016.

 

Administrative Assistant

Applications are being accepted for an Administrative Assistant position at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is a not-for-profit capital trial law office based in New Orleans, Louisiana committed to excellence in the provision of defense services to indigent clients facing the death penalty.

The duties of this position will include performing all aspects of document processing and client file management for both electronic and hard copy files. Administrative tasks include organizing and processing voluminous documentary and audio-visual files using accepted office procedures, entering specific file information into a case analysis software program, assisting with document preparation for filings and court appearances, and completing other duties as assigned.

This position requires strong communication skills, both verbal and written, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work with confidential documents. Ideal candidates will be computer savvy, proficient in Microsoft Office, and familiar with Adobe Acrobat. They will have the ability to pay close attention to detail, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines under pressure.

Salary for this position will be in the range of $24K – $28K depending on qualifications and experience. To apply, please email a resume and a cover letter addressing the above articulated job criteria and your interest in indigent defense to Linda Cortéz, Director of Litigation Support, at lcortez@thejusticecenter.org. The application deadline is October 31, 2016.

 

 

 

 


 

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

 

The LCAC’s intern and volunteer positions provide undergraduate, graduate, law students and others with hands-on experience in all areas of capital litigation and advocacy.
 

Summer opportunities:
Law students
Undergraduates
Others

Year-round opportunities:
International volunteers
Law students
Undergraduates
Others


 

Summer law interns assist staff attorneys and staff mitigators/investigators in all aspects of our work. Depending on what needs to be done in our cases at a given time, interns should expect to do several of the following tasks while they are at LCAC

locate, obtain, organize and process relevant records and other documents

conduct legal research and draft pleadings

read and digest transcripts

gather and analyze statistical data

conduct social science and other research

monitor court proceedings

participate in case strategy sessions

visit and interview clients

locate and interview witnesses

assist in locating and preparing expert witnesses

As many of LCAC’s clients are in prisons or jails outside of New Orleans, our interns are often asked to travel with attorneys, investigators, and other interns throughout Louisiana and occasionally into Texas, Mississippi and Florida.

During the summer, the LCAC provides interns with a multiple-day orientation and training program. Interns gain substantive background knowledge on LCAC’s work, including the legal and procedural aspects of death penalty trial and appellate processes. Additional training sessions include brown-bag lunchtime talks with senior staff from the LCAC and other organizations throughout the summer. The LCAC’s small staff size ensures that interns receive regular supervision and support. Upon completion of their assignments interns review their findings with the attorneys and develop follow-up action plans.

Interested applicants for the summer program should send the following materials to Abby Crick, with “Summer Law Clerk Application” in the subject line:

1) A resume
2) A cover letter detailing their interest in capital defense work
3) A writing sample (a non-legal writing sample is acceptable)
4) Two references

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as applicants are considered on a rolling basis.

Law students in our summer long program often receive work study or other financial support from their schools. Although LCAC pays for business related travel expenses, we are generally unable to provide financial assistance to our interns.

 

Academic year law interns

Law students enrolled in semester long programs may receive academic credit from their schools.  Although LCAC pays for business related travel expenses, we are generally unable to provide financial assistance to our interns.

Part-time law student assignments will be similar to summer law intern assignments but may be more limited in scope depending on the amount of time volunteered and the flexibility of the intern’s schedule.

Interested law student applicants during the academic year should send the following materials to Linda Cortez:

1) A resume
2) A cover letter detailing their interest in capital defense work
3) Two references

 

Undergraduates 

Full-time summer undergraduate interns will work as part of a team with attorneys and investigators representing clients facing capital trials in Louisiana.  Intern tasks may include:

assisting investigators in investigating the facts and circumstances of the crime

obtaining and analyzing documentary evidence relevant to the client’s life history

assisting in investigations of collateral areas such as forensic sciences, medical and mental health scholarship, and environmental sciences assisting in organizing and maintaining the case file providing litigation support to attorneys

Part-time undergraduate intern assignments will be similar to summer undergraduate assignments but may be more limited in scope depending on the amount of time volunteered and the flexibility of schedule.

Undergraduate students enrolled in semester long programs may receive academic credit from their schools or may receive credit for public service work hours.

Interested undergraduate applicants should send the following materials to Linda Cortez:

1) A resume
2) A cover letter detailing their interest in capital defense work
3) Two references
 

 

International volunteers

LCAC welcomes interns from abroad. Volunteer work by foreign nationals is arranged through Reprieve. Please visit the website or contact your local Reprieve office:

United Kingdom: Reprieve – or e-mail
Australia: Reprieve Australiaor e-mail

 

Others

LCAC also accepts volunteer applications from recent college graduates, graduate students, and international attorneys and other professionals.   For more information, please send the following materials to Linda Cortez:

1) A resume
2) A cover letter detailing your interest in capital defense work

 

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