Mission of the organization:
GJP defends people accused of crimes, and win or lose, stand with them while they rebuild their lives. We do this by offering free legal services coupled with a full range of social and employment services.
Typical projects on which the fellow may be asked to assist:
- Helping to research and write position papers on issues relevant to GJP's work (criminal justice, re-entry, rehabilitation, state wide policy reform, collateral consequences of an arrest or conviction, etc.).
- Research projects regarding the collateral consequences of an arrest or conviction. This research will be in support of both GJP's Georgia policy work as well as our work with a southern collaboration that we are leading - the New Southern Strategy Coalition.
- Research and writing to support the publications and speeches made by the executive director and other staff members.
- Helping on the direct service side of GJP's work. For instance: client intake, criminal defense preparation, prison visitation, bi-annual community client events (July Back to School Festival and a December Christmas party for all former clients).
- Assist in fund raising efforts. For example: attend meetings with funders, help prepare for meetings with funders, help research national funding opportunities.
Academic or professional backgrounds that would be helpful at the Georgia Justice Project:
It would be helpful for the fellow to have some experience working with one or more of the following issues: poverty, policy, criminal justice, re-entry issues. Having strong writing and research skills is also important. Having exposure to the practice of law would be beneficial.
Other requirements that would be useful:
The fellow will be working with a wide array of individuals. Therefore being comfortable with a cross section of the population - particularly socio-economically - is important. As GJP's staff is small (15) and informal, the fellow should be a self-starter.