Job Details

Criminal Justice Staff Attorney

Company name

Drug Policy Alliance

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Aug 20,2019

Valid Through

Dec 03,2019

Posted on

Jul 04,2019

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


Oakland, CA, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Criminal Justice Staff Attorney
Responsibilities : Assist with researching, developing, drafting and proposing criminal justice legislation and other public policy initiatives. Provide advice to company’s state-based and national offices with respect to litigation, legislation, and other public policy issues. Assist with litigation projects for company, including both direct representation and amicus curiae efforts. Assist with related research, writing and representation tasks consistent with company principles and priorities. working with cooperating outside counsel and allied organizations. Testify before legislative bodies and executive commissions. Track legal, legislative and policy developments in criminal justice reform. Present on various issues of drug policy and drug law reform at conferences, universities and community events. Conduct media outreach and speak publicly on local, state and national drug policy issues. Assist with recruiting and supervising law, public policy, medical, public health and college students as OLA interns and law fellows. Respond to legal inquiries from company members and the general public.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications : The candidate should have Juris Doctor Degree and admission to at least one state bar required. Have 3 + years’ experience in litigation, legislative drafting and public policy advocacy. Have Legal and policy knowledge of multiple core DPA advocacy issues, with particular expertise in criminal justice reform. Have excellent legislative drafting skills, ability to analyze complex legislation and regulations. Working knowledge of state and federal legislative processes. Familiarity with local, state, and federal laws relating to drug policy. Have excellent writing, research, and oral advocacy skills. A demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to the issues DPA addresses. Ability to be detail-oriented, work under pressure, and meet deadlines. Have ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, creativity, and curiosity. Excellent computer skills (including familiarity with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Additional info

Submit resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample. No phone calls, please.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Drug Policy Alliance
1330 Broadway Suite 1426
Oakland, CA 94612

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