The Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center seeks an entry-level paralegal to support the litigation and advocacy efforts of our Enforcement Team and Eviction Defense Program. The paralegal will support LaFHAC’s attorneys as they investigate and litigate fair housing and related civil rights matters in federal court, state court, and administrative proceedings.
How to Apply: The position is open until filled. Please submit a resume and cover letter to resumes [at] lafairhousing.org. Correspondence may be addressed to Sarah Carthen Watson, Legal Director. Please note: due to the expected volume of applications, we are unable to confirm receipt of individual application materials. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified via email.
The Eviction Defense Project Attorney will join LaFHAC’s staff for one year, with the possibility of an additional year-long extension as need requires and funding allows. The Project attorney will lead LaFHAC’s eviction defense project, with an emphasis on serving clients that fall outside of legal aid’s service boundaries. The attorney will work closely with the local LSC-funded legal aid organization, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, to identify the populations that are most likely to be underserved, as well as to provide and be a source for referrals. The Project attorney will appear regularly in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, and in Jefferson Parish courts, to defend tenants facing eviction. Additionally, the attorney will table 1-2 times a week in the Orleans and Jefferson Parish courts to assist tenants who appear for their eviction hearings without having already secured representation. Additionally, the Project attorney will be responsible for serving as LaFHAC’s liaison to locally-based coalitions that are working to protect tenants from eviction, as well as strategizing about how to ensure that court conditions are safe. The Project attorney will also conduct outreach and share information with community members as needed, in addition to planning and identifying outreach events and opportunities. The Project attorney, in coordination with other legal services providers, will make policy recommendations to affinity groups and legislators on systemic changes to improve outcomes for tenants.
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How to Apply: The position is open until filled. Please email a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to resumes [at] lafairhousing.org with the subject line “Eviction Defense Project Attorney.”
The Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) seeks dedicated, motivated, and talented law students for semester-long and summer internships.
Law clerks assist LaFHAC attorneys with the investigation and litigation of fair housing complaints. Work may involve all aspects of litigation, including client intake, performing legal research, conducting factual investigation, drafting memoranda and motions, analyzing discovery materials, attending court proceedings, and preparing briefs. Law clerks may also assist with community outreach events designed to educate the public about their fair housing rights.
How to Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to resumes [at] lafairhousing.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
LaFHAC’s Education & Outreach Department provides Fair Housing education to a wide variety of stakeholders including renters, first time homebuyers, landlords, property managers, real estate agents, developers and government officials. We educate the wider public through social media, print and radio advertisements, and targeted outreach. We also conduct workshops for youth and publish an original children’s book The Fair Housing Five. LaFHAC’s Policy Department promotes equitable housing laws and regulations on the local, state, and national levels. Recent victories include the expansion of housing protections for survivors of domestic violence through the passage of the Louisiana Violence Against Women Act in August 2015.
Education, Outreach and Policy Research intern applications are welcomed throughout the year with slots available in the Spring and Fall semesters, as well as over the summer.
The focus of each internship will be designed in consultation with LAFHAC staff, taking into account department needs and intern skills and areas of interest. Tasks might include:
Interns should be interested in civil rights, law and policy, history, community education and/or design and marketing. Preferred candidates are tech-savvy, highly organized, and have a basic understanding of federal, state and local government. This is a great way for any social science major to apply classroom skills to real-world challenges. Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours preferred.
How to Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Maxwell Ciardullo at mciardullo [at] lafairhousing.org and Renee Corrigan at rcorrigan [at] lafairhousing.org.. Applications will be considered as follows:
Spring 2022: Applications due October 30th, 2021; candidates notified November 15th, 2021
Summer 2022: Applications due March 31, 2022; candidates notified April 15th, 2022
Fall 2022: Applications due July 15th, 2022; candidates notified August 1st, 2022