Street Democracy is an equal employment opportunity employer.
We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. People of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, individuals with past involvement in the justice system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the justice system, and individuals with personal or familial experience with poverty or homelessness are strongly encouraged to apply.
Street Democracy has partnered with the Alliance for Housing, Oakland County’s Continuum of Care to provide legal services to homeless persons with low-level misdemeanor and civil infractions and to work with the courts to develop a network of Functional Sentencing programs in district courts throughout Oakland County in 2019.
Functional Sentencing works to advance justice by turning misdemeanor sentencing into an opportunity to help an individual permanently exit the criminal justice system. It works by replacing traditionally ordered fines and costs with targeted interventions—e.g. job training, medical services, or applying for government benefit programs—that address the root causes of an individual’s offense. For more information about functional sentencing, see https://www.streetdemocracy.org/fs.
This is a one-year, exempt position for an attorney, requiring applicants to be eligible for admission into the State Bar of Michigan. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Provide direct representation to homeless persons with low-level misdemeanor and civil infractions
- Work with the Alliance-affiliated staff to ensure that Street Democracy’s interdisciplinary model provides the best possible representation to the homeless persons and to identify ways to support clients in meaningful ways beyond the hearing representation;
- Provide outreach and technical assistance to district court judges and staff regarding Functional Sentencing and its implementation; and
- Provide advice and support on other Street Democracy.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample (advocacy letter or pleading/brief), and at least two references in one PDF by December 31, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “Functional Sentencing Attorney”. Please mention in your cover letter where you learned of this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications are now being accepted and will be considered on a rolling basis.
Interns will have the opportunity to meaningfully work on Street Democracy initiatives. School-year internships are part-time, with an expected 5 hours per week commitment. Summer internships are full time, with an expected 35 hours per week commitment.
Interns will gain valuable experience by working alongside our staff on the following:
- Conducting legal and policy research
- Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs
- Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims
- Researching and drafting materials for public education
- Perform special projects and other duties as assigned
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least two references in one PDF to email@example.com with the subject: “Internship". Please mention in your cover letter where you learned of this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications are now being accepted and will be considered on a rolling basis.