Job Details

Litigation - General Attorney in Jackson, MS

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Company name

The Southern Poverty Law Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Litigation - General/Commercial

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


USA Jackson, MS

Date Last Verified

Jun 15,2018

Posted on

Mar 24,2018

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Staff Attorney Duties: Engage in children’s rights-related litigation and other forms of public advocacy related to the school to prison pipeline, educational equity, and children’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 children’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 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; 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.

Additional info

Req No. 2018-1213

Company info

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