October 2, 2019

Summer Law Clerks (New Orleans)

The Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans is seeking summer law clerks for 2020.

The MacArthur Justice Center is a not-for-profit law office advocating for civil rights and social justice. Our work is focused on reforming the criminal justice system through litigation in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Some of our current campaigns for criminal justice reform include:

  • Challenges to bail practices in Louisiana that result in the unconstitutional pre-trial detention of impoverished citizens based merely on their inability to pay;
  • Crittindon et al v. Gusman et al, a federal lawsuit brought on behalf of five men who were detained for months without legal authority, seeking damages from the law enforcement agencies responsible for their wrongful imprisonment;
  • Litigation against officers of the Louisiana State Police for false arrests, excessive uses of force, and racially discriminatory practices in the City of New Orleans;
  • Wearry v. Perrilloux and Foster, a federal lawsuit brought on behalf of a formerly death-sentenced prisoner against the District Attorney and the lead detective for the Sheriff’s Office for falsifying evidence and presenting fabricated testimony at trial;
  • Multiple lawsuits challenging the arrests of people protesting the killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers (including Tennart v. City of Baton Rouge), and a recently-filed suit challenging the arrests of Bayou Bridge Pipeline protesters (Spoon et al v. Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC et al);
  • Jones v. Gusman, a federal lawsuit challenging pervasive violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights in the Orleans Parish jail;
  • Federal and state litigation in Mississippi, including Jordan and Chase v. Hall et al, challenging the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection procedure;
  • Pipkins v. Stewart, a federal lawsuit challenging the discriminatory practice of the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office to use peremptory challenges to systematically eliminate Black citizens from criminal trial juries; and
  • Chase v. Hall, a post-conviction case seeking to prevent the execution of a Mississippi prisoner who is intellectually disabled.

Each law clerk will be supervised directly by the office’s attorneys and will have the opportunity to assist with cases those attorneys are working on. Specific tasks that summer law clerks may be responsible for include but are not limited to (a) legal research and writing, (b) gathering, processing, and summarizing records, (c) developing statistical data, and (d) preparing for and attending court proceedings. The MacArthur Justice Center will offer a stipend to cover basic living expenses for the duration of the clerkship.

Law students who will have completed their 1L or 2L year by summer 2020 may apply. Interested applicants should send the following materials to the MacArthur Justice Center at admin@macarthurjustice.org with “Summer Law Clerk Application” in the subject line:

  • a resume
  • a cover letter detailing their interest in the work of the MacArthur Justice Center
  • a writing sample
  • two references

*Applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis. The deadline for submitting application materials to our office is Friday, December 6, 2019.