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Senior Staff Attorney Criminal Justice Reform

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

Jul 05,2018

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Miami, FL, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Senior Staff Attorney - Criminal Justice Reform
The candidate will be reforming the juvenile, criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems so they operate fairly and equitably; ensuring the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and reducing the population of individuals detained and incarcerated in the states where we work. Will be advancing criminal justice reform in Florida. Subjects of litigation may include, for example, addressing unconstitutional conditions in Florida’s juvenile, adult, and immigrant detention facilities; advancing sentencing reform; and combating the effects of over-policing, the denial of due process in the criminal justice system, racial disparities, and collateral consequences of justice system involvement. Lead litigation and public advocacy, under supervision of the Senior Supervising Attorney. Draft briefs, motions, memos, and other documents in support of litigation and policy work. Communicate regularly with clients, co-counsel, and partner organizations. Collaborate with the Senior Supervising Attorney and the Policy Counsel and to identify and support the advancement of state and local policy priorities. Research legal and policy issues related to criminal justice reform, including immigration detention and imprisonment. Supervise and manage the legal work and related tasks of Law Fellows, Interns, and Outreach Paralegals. Supervise outreach activities related to cases and campaigns. Represent in various forums, including before community groups, legislators, and state agencies. Respond to requests for legal assistance. Other duties as may be assigned to meet needs.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Juris Doctorate Degree; 5+ years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience, preferably including litigation of systemic reform cases; Strong academic background; Excellent research and writing skills. Admission to the Florida Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar exam is essential. Strong communication skill is essential. Understanding and sensitivity to issues client populations face is essential. Experience working with diverse groups of partners is essential. Spanish language ability is preferred.

Additional info

Send resume, writing sample of 5 pages, a cover letter, three references, and unofficial transcript.

Company info

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