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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
Staff Attorney Duties: Engage in childrenâ€™s rights-related litigation and other forms of public advocacy related to the school to prison pipeline, educational equity, and childrenâ€™s services (focusing on mental health care). Addressing disproportionality and discrimination in school discipline, referrals to alternative school, expulsion, and school-based arrest; curbing seclusion and restraint; pushing back against school-imposed fines and citations; addressing a variety of equity issues (school funding, deregulation, privatization, vouchers, segregation/re-segregation); and improving childrenâ€™s access to Medicaid and other vital health services. Litigates cases under supervision of 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; Represents SPLC in various forums, including before community groups, legislators, and state agencies; Responds to requests for legal assistance; Performs other tasks as assigned by Senior Supervising Attorney or Senior Staff Attorneys.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree; Strong academic background; 2+ years of relevant legal experience; Excellent research and writing skills; Admission to the Mississippi Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam; Travel required (within Mississippi and nationally). 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; Commitment to social justice.
Req No. 2018-1213
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