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The Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) does not discriminate with respect to employment, membership, or provision of services on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, disability, socio-economic background, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, national origin, ancestry, status with regards to public assistance, or immigration status. The CLDC is committed to diversity in staff, leadership, and membership. Our outreach, recruitment, and hiring practices reflect our commitment to actively developing the skills of a diverse community.

Law Clerks

Fall & Spring Semesters: During the academic year, the CLDC offers a variety of pro bono clerkship opportunities. The number of hours required varies depending upon the clerk and our schedules. Clerks provide research and litigation assistance to the CLDC on an assortment of government and police misconduct cases, protestor defense cases, and timely topical and legislative research topics.

Due to our staff size we are able to supervise only two or three clerks per semester. With consideration for COVID-19 precautions, we are taking long distance/electronic clerkships for students attending accredited law schools other than the University of Oregon.

Summer Program: Legal interns perform 400 hours of legal research and/or program work regarding a plethora of civil liberties issues. Law Clerks often “shadow” Lauren Regan (founder, staff attorney and director of CLDC) wherever she goes, including court appearances, action camps, trainings, and protests, as well as depositions and other litigation-based events. You will receive a very hands-on experience at activist legal support. Past interns worked on police misconduct litigation, mass-protest defense in multiple states, including work related to climate justice, animal rights, immigration, labor, anti-SLAPP defense, anti-spying and security culture, and much much more. We will also continue to develop and update our brief bank databases for attorneys, websites, activist toolkits, and presentations. Attorney Lauren Regan will supervise this intern position. We offer up to a $6,000 stipend to 2-3 clerks for the summer internship.

We strongly encourage applicants to secure funding through their schools, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), or other public interest funding sources as we cannot guarantee any funding at this time. We willingly cooperate in any way possible to assist students to secure fellowships, stipends, or private grants that can fund their summer work with the CLDC. We are also more than happy to assist clerks attempting to secure academic or other credit through their schools.

BIPOC applicants with activist backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadlines

Fall clerks should submit their materials by September 15th
Fall term begins on approximately October 1st

Spring clerks should submit their materials by December 1st
Spring term begins on approximately January 15th

Summer clerks should submit their materials by March 15th.
Summer term begins on approximately June 15th

How to Apply

To apply for a clerkship, please provide us with the following materials in electronic format (preferably a single PDF):

  • Cover letter illustrating your public interest background or desires, when you want to commence your internship with us, and any other special needs or considerations we should know about in evaluating your application.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (preferably legal in nature; up to five pages)
  • Two references, including at least one that can attest to your public interest or activist experience
  • You will be required to submit our volunteer application for security screening and confidentiality purposes after you have been interviewed
  • Please specify which term you are applying for in your cover letter

Email to info [at] cldc.org with any concerns or questions.

Candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the application deadline to schedule telephone or in-person interviews.

Internships

The CLDC offers internship opportunities for undergraduates and other people who are serious about contributing to the program work of our organization. We participate in providing academic credit to a variety of colleges and universities. We select two to four non-law student interns per term. Unfortunately these positions currently are pro bono (unpaid). Interns work with CLDC staff on program research, event organizing, fundraising, outreach, and litigation support. We also offer internships for students looking for nonprofit experience.

Interns can help CLDC:

  1. Develop more relationships in the communities we are seeking to support
  2. Fundraise
  3. Help with grant research and writing
  4. Table at events to get our message out (COVID-19 has paused this at the moment)
  5. Develop content for our website and help us develop our online presence
  6. Do research for various project we have in the works… and so much more!

Here is a list of skills that would be very helpful to us right now:

  • Grant research & writing
  • Fundraising & development
  • Event planning
  • Videography and video editing
  • WordPress, website design (including graphic design)
  • Social media skills
  • Blog writing
  • English-Spanish translation
  • Outreach

Interns generally provide 8-10 hours of work per week. Depending on the project or assignment, some of this work can be completed outside of the Eugene office.

Deadlines

Fall interns should submit their materials by September 1st

Winter interns should submit their materials by December 1st

Spring interns should submit their materials by March 15th

Summer interns should submit their materials by May 15th

How to Apply

To apply for an internship, please provide us with the following materials in electronic format (preferably a single PDF):

  • Cover letter illustrating your public interest background or desires, when you want to commence your internship with us, and any other special needs or considerations we should know about in evaluating your application.
  • Resume
  • Two references, including at least one that can attest to your public interest or activist experience
  • You will be required to submit our volunteer application for security screening and confidentiality purposes after you have been interviewed
  • Please specify which term you are applying for in your cover letter

Email to info [at] cldc.org with any concerns or questions.

Jobs

Communications & Development Associate

Position to start no later than June 28, 2021 (must work from Eugene, Oregon office)

Summary:

The Communications & Development Associate position will perform tasks assigned by our Deputy Director, including: (1) Support outreach and communications via technical and content support and community engagement; (2) Provide administrative support for fundraising; and (3) Perform a variety of tasks to support the efficient operations of the organization.

Candidate should possess strong organization, writing, and interpersonal communications skills, conscientious follow-through in a deadline-driven environment, hold a high level of cultural and anti-oppression competence, and have proficiency with Macintosh computers, Microsoft Office programs, basic familiarity and skills related to managing straightforward fundraising databases, social media platforms, MailChimp email platform, and some back-end website administration experience (or be willing/able to learn quickly). Candidate should also be willing to adhere to our strict confidentiality, and they will be required to use organization-wide encrypted communications tools and document storage/destruction protocols . The goal of this position is to support our communications and development work and improve overall efficiency and community engagement.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

.5 FTE   Communications and Outreach

  • Scheduling and facilitating legal education trainings and events (online and in-person)
  • Creating announcements and outreach materials for trainings and events
  • Assisting in the design, editing, and publication of CLDC-branded collateral, including brochures
  • Creating and improving PowerPoint and web presentations used for trainings, utilizing CLDC branding
  • Posting and updating website content, uploading/managing access to secure video trainings
  • Posting on social media using content recommended by CLDC staff
  • Producing and sending e-newsletter; format and manage lists with the goal of continuing to improve open/click rates
  • Updating and maintaining media lists
  • Engaging community members in a personable, professional manner in the context of promoting CLDC’s work

.25 FTE Development

  • Process donations
  • Generate and mail gift acknowledgements
  • Support twice-yearly fundraising campaigns, including scheduling, printing, and mailing logistics
  • Help hone and expand online fundraising campaigns
  • Support event planning and implementation
  • Ensure CLDC presence at key community events via tabling, speaking engagements, etc. This may require a flexible schedule re: some work hours being shifted to evening/weekend hours.

.25 FTE Administrative

  • Perform other related duties as assigned to accomplish overall purpose of the position as necessary
  • Answer phones and perform basic client intake
  • Legal and financial deadfiling
  • Support volunteer training and management

Desired Experience and Qualifications:

  • Commitment to CLDC’s values and mission
  • Two years of nonprofit or office experience
  • Strong organizational, time management, and project management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be proficient in English grammar
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, work independently, and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency with Macintosh computers, WordPress content management, basic graphic design (Canva), donor and outreach databases (Little Green Light, Mailchimp), and Microsoft Office (or ability to learn quickly)
  • Documented ability to work collaboratively in a deadline-sensitive environment
  • Familiarity with and adherence to activist security culture, anti-oppression principles, and digital security

Pay and Benefits:

  • This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, based in our Eugene office
  • Salary $38,000-$42,000, commensurate with experience
  • Term: At least a two-year commitment expected
  • The position will be based out of our office in Eugene; some travel within Oregon may be required.
  • Benefits includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, $400/month health care reimbursement, and professional development budget

Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position. We seek to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity in employment. The CLDC will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

How To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit (preferably as a single PDF file):

  • Resumé
  • Cover letter stating your interest, earliest start date, and confirming that you meet the required experience and qualifications
  • Three professional references, with at least one of those being an environmental/social justice activist reference

Please send all materials to office [at] cldc.org – Subject: “[Your last name] — Communications & Development Associate.”

Please, no phone calls, hard copies, or drop-ins. If you’re having technical difficulties submitting your application or questions, please reach out to office [at] cldc.org.


Legal Assistant

We are seeking a full-time legal assistant (30-40 hours) to work with a fast-paced social justice legal team. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of experience working in a litigation setting and be fully competent to work directly with three to five lawyers on activist criminal defense cases and civil rights litigation. Strong organizational skills and experience in discovery management, trial preparation, maintaining filing systems, producing basic motions and assisting in filing briefs (including familiarity with electronic case filing protocols), and assisting with communications, are essential for this position. An ideal candidate also will have a public interest/social justice movement orientation and be aligned with CLDC’s mission.

We are looking for a well-rounded legal assistant who brings hard work, initiative, commitment, and passion for our mission, our clients, and the progressive movements we support and defend. This position is located in our Eugene, Oregon office.

Required Qualifications: (If you do not have these skills please do not apply.)

  • Two years’ experience as a legal assistant or legal worker in a law office/legal services setting;
  • Strong litigation support skills, including expertise in Word document processing, generating tables of contents and tables of authorities for briefs;
  • Research and writing skills, and experience in file organization and management;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize, and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail; and
  • Experience and skill in working as a team member

 Preferred Experience:

  • Excellent people skills; cultural competency; alignment with anti-racist, anti-oppression, and abolitionist orientations;
  • Experience in community organizing work and/or social justice activism; experience writing press releases and community outreach materials;
  • Experience with security culture and digital security;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speakers strongly encouraged to apply; and
  • Experience with a non-profit legal services organization

Compensation & Benefits:

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and competitive public interest compensation.

  • Starting salary range $38,000-$42,000 (40 hrs/wk) commensurate with experience
  • Generous holiday, vacation, and sick leave policies
  • Some benefits, including monthly healthcare reimbursement; professional development budget
  • Some professional dues paid by CLDC

Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, criminal record or convictions, marital or parental status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position. We seek to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity in employment.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume;
  • Cover letter stating your interest, experience, and qualifications for the position;
  • Two writing samples, ideally relevant legal memoranda, formal correspondence, and/or pleadings; and
  • Three professional references and at least one environmental/social justice activist reference.

Applicants that are selected for an interview will be asked to generate a simple table of contents and table of authorities for a brief using Word.

Please send all materials in a single PDF to office[at]cldc.org — Subject: “[Your last name] — Legal Assistant.”

Please, no phone calls, hard copies, or drop-ins. If you’re having technical difficulties submitting your application or questions, please reach out to office [at] cldc.org.