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Director of Litigation – Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Sylvia Rivera Law Project - New York City, NY

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social, and economic justice. SRLP seeks to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. SRLP believes that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.

SRLP functions as a multi-racial, inter-generational collective of people committed to a broad understanding of gender self-determination. As a collective, they recognize that creating structures that model their vision of a more just society is essential. They believe that in the struggle for social justice, change is often perceived as a product and not a process. SRLP seeks to use a non-hierarchical structure to support work that redistributes power and wealth for a more just society. 

​SRLP is seeking a Director of Litigation. The Director of Litigation will be responsible for providing impact litigation, advocacy, and membership outreach and education. The Director of Litigation will report to all members of the Direct Services Team, Staff, and Collective. The Director of Litigation will direct and be in charge of all impact litigation at SRLP which will cover all aspects of SRLP’s work, including Survival and Self Determination, the Immigrant Justice Project, and the Prisoner’s Justice Project. In addition, the Director of Litigation will be expected to provide direct legal services to a limited number of clients in our Prisoner’s Justice Project. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:​

  • Provide direct legal services to a caseload of 10 low-income TGNC clients per fiscal year as part of our Prisoner’s Justice work which includes representation in a number of courts and administrative fora,  mainly in grievance hearings, Supreme Court, and the City and State Commission on Human Rights.
  • Prepare all aspects of your client’s cases, assess the viability of the case, prepare and file court pleadings and responsive papers, prepare clients for court appearances, appear with your client , and advocate during trial, interview, or motion practice.
  • Supervise the Director of Legal Services, Director of Client Services, and the Movement Building Team to brainstorm and develop impact litigation strategies to remove barriers to TGNC liberation.
  • Draft “Know Your Rights” materials and conduct training for community members and service providers.
  • Provide legal observation at various SRLP events and actions.

Skills and Experience

  • Law degree and admission to the New York State Bar. Bar admission in the Southern and/or Eastern District of New York preferred; Consideration for candidates barred in a neighboring Uniform Bar Exam states.
  • At least 3-5 years as an attorney or legal advocate working within immigration law, prisoner’s rights, civil litigation, and/or administrative law.

DRiWaterstone is proud to lead this search on behalf of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.