Job o’ the Day: Staff Attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)

MALDEF – otherwise known as the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund – is one of the leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institutions in the United States. Their mission is the foster sound public policies, laws, and programs to safeguard the civil rights of 35 million Latinos living in America, and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in American society. MALDEF focuses on employment, education, immigration, political access, language, and public resource equity issues.

Sounds awesome, right? Wanna join them in fighting for Latino civil rights? Check out the job description below for a vacancy in San Antonio:

We currently seek a Staff Attorney to serve as lead counsel or co-counsel in state and federal court litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrants rights and/or voting rights.

In consultation with co-counsel inside and outside of MALDEF, [the staff attorney] devises and executes strategic plans in complex litigation through the following activities: conducts depositions and discovery, negotiates and monitors settlement agreements, and pursues attorney fee awards in civil rights litigation; conducts legal research and drafts pleadings, briefs, and administrative complaints; devises investigation plans and investigates potential legal claims; prepares memoranda on budget and legal theory for approval of litigation by MALDEF management; responds to media inquiries, makes public presentations, and prepares community education materials regarding Latino rights; participates in the development of long-term strategic goals and objectives for the assigned program areas and also for the regional office; supervises volunteer and professional support staff assigned to assist litigation programs.

Successful applicants must be eligible to take the Texas bar and a background in public policy is desired. Experience with federal and state court litigation is preferred, along with the ability to write and speak Spanish. The deadline is TODAY, so hurry and apply now before it’s too late (all that is required is a cover letter, resume, and writing sample).

For more information, view the full job listing at PSJD.org (log-in required).

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