The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Criminal Justice Reform practice group focuses primarily on (1) reform the juvenile, criminal justice and/or immigration enforcement systems so they operate fairly and equitably; (2) ensure the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and (3) reduce the population of individuals detained and incarcerated in Alabama.
The 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 Associate Legal Director;
• Supervise and manage the legal work and related tasks of Law Fellows, Interns, and Outreach Paralegals;
• Collaborate with the Associate Legal Director 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.
• Juris Doctorate Degree;
• At least 2 years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience;
• 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;
• 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.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, a 5 page writing sample and a copy of your law school transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable).
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.
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, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.