Senior Staff Attorney – Immigrant Justice Project, Southern Poverty Law Center
The Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center primarily works to (1) fight against state practices that funnel people into the deportation machine; (2) free immigrants from detention through individual representation and systemic reform; (3) change immigration and enforcement systems so they operate fairly and sensibly; (4) enforce laws protecting migrants from mistreatment by governments or employers; and (5) support immigrant communities in
the states in which we work as they demand respect for their dignity and humanity; and end discrimination based on immigration status or national origin;
The Senior Staff Attorney will litigate individual and class action civil rights cases in federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. They may develop and lead legislative work and public advocacy campaigns. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances facing immigrants, or the needs of the organization.
- Develop and lead litigation and campaigns in collaboration with SPLC attorneys, policy counsel, outreach paralegals, communications staff, and partner organizations;
- Draft briefs, memos, and other documents in support of litigation, policy advocacy, and public education;
- Analyze legal and policy developments related to immigrant justice;
- Communicate regularly with SPLC’s clients, co-counsel, and partner organizations;
- Manage the legal work of law fellows and staff attorneys;
- Supervise outreach activities related to litigation and campaigns;
- Represent SPLC in various fora, including before community groups, legislators, and regulatory agencies;
- Respond to requests for legal assistance and provide technical assistance to immigrant communities and partner organizations;
- Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.
- JD from accredited university;
- At least 5 years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience, preferably including complex civil rights litigation;
- Excellent research and writing skills; and Membership in good standing with the Louisiana bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam. (If seeking to be based in other location where SPLC has an office, must be licensed or become licensed in that state)
- Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment;
- Creativity, flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines, and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
- Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining an innovative and positive working culture;
- Initiative, vision, and a proven commitment to the struggle for social justice;
- Ability to work on multiple campaigns at once in conjunction with SPLC teams and partners;
- Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
- Strong communication skills;
- Commitment to a non-hierarchical, client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to work on sensitive issues in a compassionate manner;
- Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player, including with diverse partners;
- Ability to collaborate with a diverse staff of attorneys and non-attorneys;
- Commitment to ideals of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion; and
- Commitment to fostering an anti-racist work culture and to anti-racist principles and learning.
How to Apply:
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