Job Details

Staff Attorney

Company name

The Southern Poverty Law Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Apr 29,2019

Valid Through

Aug 12,2019

Posted on

Dec 27,2018

Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required


Atlanta, GA, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Civil Rights >> Civil Rights
Immigration >> Immigration
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Staff Attorney
Duties: Work in a legal team that uses impact litigation and policy advocacy as its primary tools to pursue justice and equal rights, the new attorneys will implement immigrants’ rights work using all possible tools, including litigation, legislative campaigns, and public advocacy to protect and advance the rights of immigrants across the South and the nation. Response to the increased demand to protect those whose civil rights are being threatened. Under the direction of Legal Director, and Deputy Legal Director, the practice area is growing to meet the increased demands for justice for immigrants across the South and nationally, with a clear focus on ensuring that the rights of immigrants and their children are protected. Will lead cases with the support of the SAs, delegating work where appropriate, overseeing each stage of litigation, and providing support and consultation. Implement immigrant justice work, using all possible tools, including litigation, legislative campaigns, and public advocacy to advance the rights of immigrants. Will be particularly strategic as they identify otherwise overlooked policy and legal avenues and arguments to weaken and eliminate policies and practices that threaten the rights of immigrant communities. Will develop strategic immigrants’ rights-related cases and lead cutting-edge litigation. Foster relationships with and provide technical assistance and support to allies, immigrant communities, and partner organizations. Will remain abreast of federal, state, and local anti- immigration policies that infringe upon the rights of immigrant communities. Will collaboratively partner with others - nonprofits, municipalities, state agencies, community-based organizations, and universities to advance various projects, and with other law firms to secure and collaborate with co- counsel when necessary - to protect immigrant communities. Collaborate with other legal team members, policy counsel, and the communications department to develop communication strategies around cases and campaigns and represent in various fora including before community groups, legislatures, state agencies, and the press. Attorneys will work with policy counsel and communications team members to identify and support the advancement of federal, state, and local policy priorities through public awareness and advocacy campaigns and targeted testimony to legislative bodies.

Qualification and Experience

The candidates will be exceptionally talented litigators, researchers, and communicators with a deep personal passion for pursuing justice on behalf of immigrants. Will have an understanding of the challenges facing immigrant communities and a natural intellectual curiosity to pursue new learnings and knowledge. Will bring 7+ years of complex federal litigation experience and 2+ years of experience managing attorneys; will bring 5+ years and the SA will bring 2+ years of complex litigation experience. Required to be barred, or willing to sit for the next bar, in the relevant state. A sincere commitment to social justice and a keen awareness of the relationship between impact litigation, policy advocacy, and social change; Initiative, vision, creativity, and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies with the absolute drive to succeed; A deep personal commitment to diversity and inclusion; proven success in engaging with diverse communities; lived experience that informs an authentic understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable communities and a sophisticated understanding of the historical nature of structural power differences with a lens into how that impacts social justice efforts today; Demonstrated knowledge of immigration law and current policies, trends, litigation strategies and tools being applied to combat unjust immigration policies across the country, or a personal demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of immigrant communities; Experience applying analytical skills to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue; Excellent communication skills, including research and writing, interpersonal and public communication skills, and an ability to translate vision and strategy into external messaging; Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, keen judgment, the ability to facilitate challenging conversations and quickly read interpersonal dynamics, and the ability to work with people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives and across projects; A positive attitude and successful experience working in a high-energy, fast-paced environment; excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; A natural intellectual curiosity and personal drive for self-reflection, improvement, and learning; Patience, a sense of humor, gravitas and a high tolerance for ambiguity; the ability to adapt quickly to change; an optimistic outlook, a natural orientation towards collaboration with the self- confidence to move forward in areas of uncertainty or where there is not necessarily agreement; The ability and willingness to travel regionally; Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred; other language skills relevant to the Southeast will be considered; and Admission to the Florida Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam is.

Additional info

Send nominations and/or applications including cover letter describing interest and qualifications, resume, and where learned of the position.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The Southern Poverty Law Center
1989 College Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30317

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