Job Details

Detention Staff Attorney

Company name

Transgender Law Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

May 20, 2020

Valid Through

Sep 02, 2020

Posted on

Apr 24, 2019

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


Oakland, CA, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Detention Staff Attorney
The candidate will support firm’s prison mail program, including reviewing incoming letters and coordinating volunteers to respond with appropriate information, know-your-rights and self-help resources, and referrals. Engage in direct advocacy on behalf of incarcerated people by, for instance, calling or sending advocacy letters to specific staff or facilities, assisting people in filing complaints and grievances, running legal clinics at prisons or jails, and identifying other creative solutions. Match people who are prepared to file lawsuits against their facilities with pro bono lawyers from our attorney network. Develop and draft written resources for people inside prisons, jails and detention including know your rights material and sample legal documents. Investigate and develop potential new cases, including corresponding with and meeting with potential clients, finding and reviewing records, and drafting demand letters. Develop litigation strategy, managing relationships with co-counsel, perform legal research, and draft briefs. Engage in education efforts for community members and attorneys, including speaking at conferences, trainings, and webinars. Support the work of the legal team and the organization generally.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must have membership in the bar of one or more states. Should have 2+ years or more of experience practicing law. Should have experience with legal or policy advocacy relating to detention or law enforcement. Must have familiarity with transgender and gender nonconforming communities. Should have experience working with communities of color and transgender communities. Must have excellent communication skills, including ability to write clearly and speak in public. Should have skill at working collaboratively both within the organization and with other groups. Must have strong personal organization and time management skills. Should preferably have significant litigation experience. Experience working with pro-bono attorneys is desired. Spanish language skills is preferred.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Transgender Law Center
1629 Telegraph Aevnue
Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94612

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