Senior Supervising Attorney, Crimmigration/Criminal Justice Reform

Job Locations US-GA-Atlanta
Req No.
Regular Full-Time


Location:    Flexible (Atlanta, New Orleans, Jackson, Montgomery, Miami)            


The Senior Supervising Attorney leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “crimmigration” docket. This person is responsible for developing the vision and strategy, and executing the plan, to sever the pipeline from the criminal justice system into the immigrant detention and deportation system in SPLC’s states. This individual will supervise a dedicated team of staff attorneys and support staff. Under the Senior Supervising Attorney’s leadership, the team will use every tool at our disposal to protect the rights of immigrants against abuse in the justice system.


Specifically, the Senior Supervising Attorney will be responsible for developing and litigating impact cases raising constitutional and statutory claims in federal courts, at trial and appellate levels. This person will engage in litigation and public advocacy related to civil rights issues, particularly relating to the intersection of the criminal justice and immigrant enforcement systems. This work may include, but not be limited to: combatting increased federal prosecutions of immigration-related crimes; combatting local law enforcement abuses, including racial profiling of immigrants or those suspected to be immigrants; and ensuring immigrant detainees have access to counsel, due process protections, and constitutional conditions of confinement.


The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in SPLC’s states, and/or the needs of the organization.


Under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director, the Senior Supervising Attorney will:

  • Lead the development and implementation of SPLC’s crimmigration docket throughout the South;
  • Develop new cases and campaigns and lead litigation and public advocacy;
  • Supervise and manage the work of Senior Staff Attorneys, Staff Attorneys, Law Fellows, and other legal staff;
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director and the Communications Department to develop communication strategies around cases and campaigns, and serve as spokesperson upon request;
  • Supervise outreach activities related to cases and campaigns;
  • Communicate regularly with SPLC staff across the southern region about cases, campaigns, and strategies;
  • Represent SPLC in various fora, including before community groups, legislatures, and state agencies, and the press and,
  • Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.


  • Juris Doctorate Degree;
  • At least 7 years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience; 
  • At least 2 years of managerial experience of legal staff to include hiring, training, performance evaluation, mentoring, etc.;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity;
  • Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining an innovative and positive working culture;
  • Excellent research and writing skills and;
  • Admission to a bar and willingness to sit for an additional bar examination if necessary, depending on location.

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;
  • Leadership skills and experience, including leading large-scale litigation;
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment;
  • Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
  • Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player and,
  • Spanish language ability preferred.

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.


To Apply

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, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.


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