Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transforms the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration. Locally, we operate the first alternative-to-incarceration and victim-service programs in the United States to focus on violent felonies in adult courts. Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted. Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing, and justice for survivors and their communities.
Common Justice knows that communities impacted by crime and violence—and crime survivors in particular—have essential expertise about what produces safety, what constitutes accountability, and what facilitates healing. We believe that any social change platform— including a policy agenda, budgetary priorities, local social service needs, and community mobilizations—must be deeply rooted in the wisdom, power, and engagement of the people whose lives are at stake in these changes.
There are a wide range of extraordinary advocacy groups in New York State, most of which are intently focused on winning critical, shorter term victories in the various movement for criminal justice reforms. Common Justice’s organizing and policy work does not compete with these efforts, but rather builds a longer term organizing and policy vision that transforms current ineffective responses to violence ranging from criminal justice and sentencing reform to increasing access to healing services to housing. The work aims to lay the foundation for the long haul, building the relationships and resources necessary to shift power and secure transformative change.
Common Justice is seeking a legal intern who can help the organization win transformative racial justice campaigns that are grounded in the needs of currently and formerly incarcerated people and others impacted by violence. This person should be committed to Common Justice’s mission and be able to thrive in a fast-paced and evolving work environment, and have a great sense of humor.
The legal intern will be responsible for the following duties:
· Work on short-term projects; including legal research and policy briefs.
· Track city and state legislation as it relates to issues that concern those most impacted by violence.
· Support Common Justice’s communications team by assisting with the creation of blog pieces, op-eds, and webinars.
Candidates should possess the following qualifications:
· Strong familiarity with the criminal legal system.
· Ability to build and navigate professional networks and relationships.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills.
· Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
· Experience with community engagement and working with system-involved youth and/or the criminal justice field strongly preferred.
· Strong interest in social and racial justice.
· Ability to work with a diverse population.
· Strong written and oral communication skills.
· Ability to work alone and in a team environment.
· College degree required.
· Formerly incarcerated people strongly encouraged to apply.
This is a 20 hour per week paid position, $20/hr. The hours are flexible.
To apply please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In subject line put – Legal Intern/Policy.
Note: When possible, prospective interns are encouraged to seek independent funding either through an accredited institution or through fellowship grants or internship programs.
Common Justice is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status. Common Justice values diverse experiences, including regarding educational background and justice system involvement. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.