Careers | Southern Poverty Law Center |Senior Staff Attorney - Criminal Justice Reform
The Senior Staff Attorney will litigate individual and class action cases raising constitutional and statutory claims in Alabama and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels. S/he may engage in legislative work and public advocacy related to civil rights issues, particularly relating to adult and juvenile justice reform.
This position is specifically envisioned to focus on advancing criminal justice reform in Alabama. This may include, but will not be limited to: advancing sentencing reform; addressing unconstitutional conditions in Alabama’s juvenile, adult, and immigrant detention facilities; and other issues relating to over-policing, the denial of due process in the criminal justice system, racial disparities, and/or collateral consequences of justice system involvement. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in Alabama, and/or the needs of the organization.
Work on cases and campaigns, and lead litigation and public advocacy under supervision of the Senior Supervising Attorney;
Supervise and manage the legal work and related tasks of Law Fellows, Interns, and Outreach Paralegals;
Collaborate with Senior Supervising Attorney and the Policy Counsel and to identify and support the advancement of state and local policy priorities;
Supervise outreach activities related to cases and campaigns; and,
Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.
Education and Experience:
Juris Doctorate Degree;
At least five years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience, preferably including litigation of jail and/or prison conditions cases;
Strong academic background;
Excellent research and writing skills; and
Admission to the Alabama Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining an innovative and positive working culture;
Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player;
Initiative, vision, and a proven commitment to the struggle for social justice;
Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment; and
Spanish language ability preferred but not required.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of a person in this position.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, a 5 page writing sample and a copy of your law school transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable).
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, we work toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.