Senior Staff Attorney - Criminal Justice Reform

Req No.
Regular Full-Time


The Senior Staff Attorney will litigate individual and class action cases, raising constitutional and statutory claims in federal and Florida courts at both the trial and appellate level. 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 will focus on advancing criminal justice reform in Florida—specifically (1) reforming the juvenile, criminal justice, and immigration enforcement systems so they operate fairly and equitably; (2) ensuring the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and (3) reducing the population of individuals detained and incarcerated in Florida.


Accordingly, subjects of litigation may include addressing unconstitutional conditions in Florida’s juvenile, adult, and immigrant detention facilities; advancing sentencing reform; and combating the effects of over-policing, denial of due process in the criminal justice system, racial disparities, and collateral consequences of justice system involvement. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in Florida, 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 the Senior Supervising Attorney and the Policy Counsel to identify and support the advancement of state and local policy priorities;
• Supervise outreach activities related to cases and campaigns; and
• Other duties as assigned to meet SPLC needs.


• Juris Doctorate Degree;
• At least five years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience, preferably including litigation of systemic reform cases;
• Strong academic background;
• Excellent research and writing skills; and
• Admission to the Florida 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.


To Apply
Along with a resume, please submit a writing sample of 5 pages, a cover letter, three references, and a copy your law school transcript (can be official or unofficial).


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.


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.


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