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Senior Staff Attorney Special Litigation

Company name

The Southern Poverty Law Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required


Montgomery, AL

Date Last Verified

May 02,2018

Posted on

Jan 03,2018
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Senior Staff Attorney, Special Litigation The candidate will plan, develop, and litigate cases in federal and state courts throughout the country to protect the civil rights of vulnerable individuals. Under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director of Special Litigation practice group, will: 1) litigate impact cases and carry out other legal advocacy to address civil rights abuses, with a particular emphasis on litigation against hate groups and those who commit tortious acts against members of vulnerable communities, including racial and religious minorities and the LGBT community; 2) collaborate with other practice groups and provide litigation expertise; 3) coach and mentor attorneys in other practice groups. This attorney would report directly to Deputy Legal Director, Special Litigation. Oversee all aspects of litigation, including developing new cases and legal theories, discovery and motion practice, trials and appeals; Plan and implement effective litigation strategies to advance strategic goals; Engage with the LGBTQ community, immigrant communities, communities of color, or other vulnerable communities to discover litigation opportunities and needs; Supervise, mentor, and manage junior members of legal team and support staff; Drive analysis of litigation opportunities and interact with legal leadership to identify and take on innovative cases; Other duties as may be assigned to meet needs.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree, active Bar membership, and willingness to take the Bar in a new state, if necessary; 7+ years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience; Served as lead counsel on two or more major civil cases; Excellent research and writing skills; High degree of professionalism and understanding of legal ethics; Collegial, collaborative, and inspiring leadership style; Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, build external relationships, and work in partnership in litigation; Polished and persuasive speaking and presentation abilities; capacity to work with diverse populations, including communities of color, people with disabilities, and/or LGBTQ communities; A strong commitment to civil liberties and civil rights.

Additional info

Req No. 2018-1196

Company info

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

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