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Organization TypePublic Interest
Date Last Verified
Years of Experience
ProfileStaff Attorney â€“ Childrenâ€™s Rights Duties: Litigates cases under supervision of the Senior Supervising Attorney and Senior Staff Attorneys; Researches legal and policy issues related to education and childrenâ€™s mental health; Drafts briefs, motions, memos, and other documents in support of litigation and policy work; Communicates regularly with SPLCâ€™s clients, co-counsel, and partner organizations; When requested, represents SPLC in various forums, including before community groups, legislators, and state agencies; Develops new cases in consultation with Deputy Legal Director, Senior Supervising Attorney, and other Staff Attorneys; Responds to requests for legal assistance; and Performs other tasks as assigned by Senior Supervising Attorney, Deputy Legal Director, or Senior Staff Attorneys.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree; Strong academic background; 3+ years of relevant legal experience; Knowledge of disability rights law, including of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Excellent research and writing skills; Admission to the Louisiana Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam; and Travel required (within Louisiana and nationally). Preferred: Demonstrated knowledge of at least two of the following areas: the school to prison pipeline (e.g., classroom management, exclusionary discipline, restraint, corporal punishment, alternative schools, school-based law enforcement); educational equity (e.g., school funding, education models differing from traditional public schools, desegregation); and/or childrenâ€™s mental health (e.g., EPSDT/Medicaid Act, Olmstead/integration mandate policy, home and community-based services). Excellent communication skills, including research and writing, interpersonal, and public communication skills; Ability to work with people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives; Ability to have fun and produce quality work in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment; Excellent and consistent attention to detail; Ability to prioritize responsibilities and meet deadlines; Self-driven with a desire to learn and improve continuously; Demonstrated capacity to work with diverse populations, including communities of color, people with disabilities, impoverished communities, and/or LGBTQ communities; and Commitment to social justice.
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The Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104