Job Openings

The National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles is looking to hire a Community and Membership Engagement Advocate and a Court Watch LA Legal Fellow. We are looking for exceptionally hard working individuals who have an unwavering commitment to social justice and abolition to join our Team. We strongly encourage people of color, women, immigrants, formerly incarcerated persons, LGBTIQ+ individuals, and differently-abled individuals to apply.

National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles
Community & Membership Engagement Advocate

POSITION SUMMARY:

The mission of the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles (NLG-LA) is to unite lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as a powerful force in service of the movement toward abolition by providing critical community based legal advocacy and support services through a framework that prioritizes human rights over property interests. NLG-LA seeks a Community and Membership Engagement Advocate to ensure the smooth operation of NLG-LA programs, strategic engagement of our members, and organized administration of chapter operations. The Community and Membership Engagement Advocate will report directly to the Executive Director.

Details of Employment

  • Position begins August 9th
  • Full-Time position
  • $55,000 – $58,000 salary 
  • This is a union position with excellent benefits, including full medical and dental benefits. The individual selected for this position will be a member of the NLG Staff Union, NOLSW/UAW 2320.

Main Responsibilities

Program Operations:

  • Support the development and coordination of NLG-LA’s programmatic work 
  • Strategically recruit and train NLG-LA volunteers and find placements for volunteers that supports the needs or work of NLG-LA and provides satisfying engagement
  • Work alongside NLG-LA’s Committees to help develop policies, protocols, and systems for conducting programmatic work on behalf of the organization
  • Conduct Legal Observer and Political Education trainings and develop training materials and curriculum for NLG-LA’s movement partners
  • Serve as organizational liaison to movement groups planning protests, rallies, demonstrations, and other types of actions
  • Coordinate all incoming requests for Legal Observer Volunteers 
  • Support NLG-LA’s Committees in scheduling and promoting CLEs, webinars, and events
  • Promote NLG-LA’s Programmatic and Committee work through various social media platforms

Membership Engagement:

  • Create and distribute a regular monthly email newsletter which includes announcements and action alerts to members and supporters. 
  • Coordinate and prepare mailing lists for mass mailings to members as needed.
  • Recruit members to participate in program and Committee work. 
  • Assist with projects targeted at growing NLG-LA’s membership base.
  • Facilitate membership engagement activities with input from staff, board members, Committees and organizational members.

Office Administration:

  • Support Board of Directors and committees with any meeting logistics.
  • Coordinate and provide support for staff and program meetings as needed.
  • Respond to general office email accounts and voicemail boxes.
  • Support with all aspects of event planning, coordination and promotion including on-line and in-person events
  • Support with annual dinner coordination, promotion, ticket sales and journal ad submissions
  • Assist other staff members in creating forms, mailings, and surveys through CiviCRM
  • Oversee social media communications on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Help administer Zoom account, meetings, and webinars 
  • Update NLG-LA’s WordPress Website

Qualifications and Characteristics

 Required

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice.
  • At least three years of experience in community organizing and/or program coordination. 
  • Strong understanding of how different movement groups organize in Los Angeles.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, accurately, and efficiently.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people. 
  • Familiarity with the Guild’s Legal Observer Program.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Tech savvy and able to quickly learn new technologies.
  • Knowledge of WordPress, G Suite, Microsoft Office, and Signal messaging application
  • Self-starter and independent – must be able to take initiative and implement and complete projects in a timely manner.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities and adjust to changing situations.
  • Must have reliable transportation. 
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.

Desired

  • Experience with non-profit databases (familiarity with CiviCRM highly preferred)
  • Experience serving as a Legal Observer for the National Lawyers Guild
  • Experience with graphic design

TO APPLY:

Please email your cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references to admin@nlg-la.org with “Community and Membership Engagement Advocate Application” in the subject line. Applications sent without this subject line will not be reviewed. When submitting your list of references please include a description of how long you have known or worked with each person and which of your skills they would be best positioned to speak to. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until this position is filled but preference will be given to those who apply earlier.

NLG-LA is an affirmative action employer.  People of color, women, immigrants, formerly incarcerated persons, LGBTIQ+ individuals and differently-abled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles
Court Watch Los Angeles Legal Fellow – Job Description

NLG-LA seeks to sponsor candidates for Skadden, Equal Justice, school-based, and other fellowships for the 2022-2023 term. Specifically, NLG-LA seeks a fellow to lead Court Watch Los Angeles, a volunteer-driven court observation program that monitors the region’s criminal court system and pursue their own related project.

Court Watch Los Angeles 

Working with community partners—including Ground Game LA and ACLU SoCal, as well as criminal defense attorneys—NLG-LA trains court watchers and brings them into misdemeanor courts throughout Los Angeles to observe and report about proceedings. The purpose is to monitor and expose exorbitant fines and fees, criminalization of poverty/homelessness, as well as disparate impacts of criminal punishments on communities of color.

Goals of Court Watch Los Angeles:

  • To create accountability & transparency by bringing people into the courtroom to observe, report out, and collect data about the behavior of public officials in court.
  • To raise awareness about the mechanisms used to criminalize poverty and homelessness in the misdemeanor court system, including the use of fines and fees and bail setting practices.
  • To expose the disparate treatment and punishment of BIPOC Angelenos.
  • To hold law enforcement and elected officials accountable to public commitments, laws, and settlement agreements.
  • To support and connect with organizing efforts outside the courtroom fighting to limit the reach of the criminal legal system and dismantle mass incarceration.

To see some of the work of Court Watch Los Angeles in real time, see http://twitter.com/CourtWatchLA

Fellowship & Application Details

Fellowships are tailored to the unique skillset and interests of each applicant. Some possible responsibilities may include:

  • Designing and leading court observer trainings, supporting volunteer court watchers
  • Drafting policy papers and reports
  • Media advocacy and public speaking
  • Raising public awareness around the 2022 judicial elections
  • Data analysis and synthesis
  • Assisting with coordination of the court-watch schedule
  • Facilitating meetings and webinars
  • Drafting public records act requests
  • Advocacy and monitoring to ensure the public’s right of access to the courts 
  • Other tasks of interest to fellow

Criteria for selection include:  

  • Demonstrated commitment to NLG’s mission
  • Demonstrated relevant experience
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Ability to work in teams, exercise sound judgment and work independently.

Individuals with direct experience with the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.  NLG-LA also strongly encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals to apply.

Applicants must secure their own funding for this position through public interest fellowships.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Writing sample
  • 2-3 references

How to apply:

Please send materials to Rebecca@NLG-LA.org with the subject “NLG-LA Fellowship Application” by August 1, 2021.