Job Details

Prisoners Rights Litigation Attorney

Company name

Washington Lawyers' Committee

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jun 20,2019

Valid Through

Oct 03,2019

Posted on

Jun 15,2019

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Prisoners’ Rights Litigation Attorney
Duties: Handle an active docket of litigation on some of the most critical prisoners’ rights issues including: solitary confinement and other forms of isolation, access to medical and mental health care, availability of parole, and freedom from violent or other illegal conditions of confinement. Cases are co-counseled with members of the private bar and filed for prisoners housed around the country, primarily, although not exclusively, against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. BE part of a larger criminal legal system reform initiative at the Committee that addresses police misconduct, debtor’s prisons and collateral consequences of a criminal conviction. Will be expected to help lead a team of lawyers and advocates to identify opportunities for systemic reform through litigation, develop cases, and conduct the litigation. Will be expected to develop and strengthen relationships with community members and advocates to inform the Committee’s litigation and policy advocacy priorities.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD degree; membership or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar. Virginia or Maryland Bar membership a plus. Significant experience in the area of prisoners’ rights and/or prison reform. Significant litigation experience required; eight plus years preferred, preferably in federal court. Significant experience with the Federal Bureau of Prisons a plus. Significant experience advocating on behalf of prisoners and returning citizens. Passion for civil rights and racial equity advocacy. Demonstrated commitment to criminal legal systems reform. Effective oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to perform complex legal analytical work. Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines.

Additional info

Send a letter detailing interest and a resume and brief writing sample.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Washington Lawyers' Committee
1400 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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