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Staff Attorney Childrens Rights

Company name

The Southern Poverty Law Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Mar 12,2019

Valid Through

Jun 25,2019

Posted on

Aug 01,2018

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


New Orleans, LA, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Family Law >> Family Law
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Staff Attorney – Children’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 children’s mental health; Drafts briefs, motions, memos, and other documents in support of litigation and policy work; Communicates regularly with SPLC’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 children’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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Send a resume, please submit a writing sample of 5 pages, a cover letter, 3 references, and unofficial transcript.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104