Voting Rights Staff Attorney

Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
01-19-2020
Practice Areas: Voting Rights Exp.: 3+ Years
Description:
Position Summary: For over three decades, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles has engaged in advocacy, community education, poll monitoring and litigation to secure the voting rights of AANHPI guaranteed by law. Advancing Justice-LA seeks an independent Voting Rights Attorney to lead efforts to ensure that minority and limited English speaking voters have full access to voting as required by the Voting Rights Act. In particular, the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) protects racial and language minorities against discrimination in order to ensure their full and meaningful participation in the voting and electoral process. In addition, the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and many state and local laws provide additional protections against election irregularities.

Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Monitor and advocate for voting rights compliance at the local, state, and federal levels;
  • Monitor and advocate for local, state, and federal voting rights policies/legislation;
  • Oversee poll monitoring efforts and other voter engagement activities in Southern California during major elections;
  • Establish and maintain regional AANHPI redistricting coalitions within Los Angeles County and across the state and facilitate dialogues with other ethnic and political redistricting coalitions during the redistricting process;
  • Conduct strategic meetings among stakeholders and coordinate AANHPI participation in redistricting/districting line drawing processes and provide supporting policy analysis and advocacy;
  • Develop materials and train AANHPI community members and community-based organizations in Southern California and other targeted regions in California on the language assistance provisions of federal and state law, redistricting principles, the selection process for the statewide redistricting commission, the California Voting Rights Act, and other voting rights related laws and policies;
  • Work with local and state coalitions to promote access to and participation in elections;
  • Work on voting related amici briefs and potentially litigate voting related cases;
  • Potentially supervise staff and interns in the Democracy Project (where the voting rights work is housed).
  • Other Duties as Assigned

Qualifications:
Education and Work Experience:
  • J.D. and member of California State Bar
  • Minimum 3 years of voting rights law experience.

Knowledge and Other Skills:
  • Knowledge of voting rights laws and policies
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills
  • Experience working collaboratively with multi-ethnic coalitions
  • Familiarity with AANHPI communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights/social justice and community empowerment
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Policy advocacy experience highly desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and be creative preferred
  • Prior supervisory experience including experience with volunteer recruitment and coordination preferred
  • Access to reliable means of transportation
  • Compensation: Depending on experience. Parking provided.

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