Justice Lab: Putting Racist Policing on Trial is an intensive litigation effort to challenge racially discriminatory policing practices and combat police violence against people of color. The campaign enlists for-profit law firms and law school legal clinics in bringing cases challenging racially-motivated stops and seizures under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments and any other applicable laws. By focusing intensive efforts on a single state, the initiative aims to establish a litigation blueprint for altering police conduct across the country.

About the Position:

The ACLU of Louisiana seeks a full-time staff member to support our legal department in the Justice Lab: Putting Racist Policing on Trial program. This position combines the roles of paralegal and investigator. This individual is responsible for:

  • Conducting robust fact-finding, including outreach to potential clients and in-person/Zoom interviews to gather additional information;
  • Interviewing relevant witnesses and community members, investigating potential defendants, and researching pertinent history and data;
  • Conducting quantitative and qualitative research using public and private online information-gathering, including the state public-records law;
  • Coordinating the processing of Justice Lab intakes with colleagues, and preparing those intakes for review at a weekly legal team meeting, or sooner if required;
  • Meeting regularly with the legal team to discuss intakes, make recommendations, and discuss follow-up if needed;
  • Identifying key information needed to support a campaign and creating a plan to obtain necessary information; 
  • Timely drafting memoranda to document all actions taken;
  • Electronic file management and document management, including maintaining case calendars/scheduling;
  • Summarizing depositions, testimonies, and interrogatories;
  • Working collaboratively to ensure that administrative and paralegal needs of the legal department are met.

    This position is supervised by the Legal Director.


  • Strong inter-personal skills, including an ability to establish rapport and build relationships of trust with new people;
  • Strong relationships with community organizations and community leaders;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Personal initiative, drive and optimism;
  • Ability to independently troubleshoot and problem-solve;
  • Dependability and punctuality;
  • Experience working with lawyers and/or experience in social justice work;
  • Proficiency with office technology including databases, online communications and word processing;
  • Flexibility to regularly travel and work weekend and night hours;
  • Flexibility to work long hours in urgent situations;
  • Ability to manage stressful situations and maintain self-care;
  • Desire to work in an environment that encourages and includes individuals from diverse backgrounds; and
  • Dedication to civil rights and civil liberties of immigrants and fellow Louisianans.

Note: this position requires the ability to regularly travel and work non-traditional hours, such as nights and weekends.

How to Apply:

Please apply via Bamboo.com  with a letter of interest, your resume and three references (identifying their relationships to you). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning July 15, 2020.

The ACLU is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The Louisiana affiliate of the ACLU works in the courts, legislature and communities of our State to advance the rights of all Louisianans.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital or family status, citizenship, disability or veteran status.