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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileSenior Staff Attorney - Children's Rights The candidate will 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). This may include : 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. Under supervision of Senior Supervising Attorney, oversees all aspects of litigation, including developing cases and legal theories, discovery, motion practice, trials, appeals, and consent decree/settlement monitoring. 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. Mentors and manages staff attorneys, law fellows, advocates, interns, and support staff. 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 Staff Attorneys. Responds to requests for legal assistance. and Performs other tasks as assigned by Senior Supervising Attorney or Deputy Legal Director.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Juris Doctorate degree. Must have strong academic background. Must have 5+ years of relevant legal experience. Excellent research and writing skills is required. Must have Admission to the Mississippi Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam. Public policy analysis skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue is preferred. Demonstrated experience assisting with or conducting briefings with internal and external partners and other stakeholders, when necessary is 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) is preferred.
Req No. 2018-1214
The Southern Poverty Law Center
1989 College Ave NE,
Atlanta, GA 30317