Senior Supervising Attorney

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The Southern Poverty Law Center

Published 21 days ago


The Senior Supervising Attorney leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Children’s Rights work throughout the state of Louisiana. This person will be responsible for working with the Deputy Legal Director to develop the vision and strategy, and for executing the plan, to deliver systemic reform. They will supervise a dedicated team of staff attorneys and support staff. To this end, the Senior Supervising Attorney will lead individual and class action cases in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels and will engage in other forms of related public advocacy on the topics above.

The attorney’s docket will include impact cases under federal civil rights statutes (such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990), consumer protection and fraud statutes (such as state and federal false claims statutes), health care laws (such as the Medicaid Act), and/or state and federal constitutions. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in Louisiana, or the needs of the organization. 

Primary Job Functions:

  • Develop new cases and campaigns and lead litigation and public advocacy under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director;
  • Supervise and manage the legal work of Senior Staff Attorneys, Staff Attorneys, Law Fellows, and other legal staff;
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director to identify and support the advancement of state and local policy priorities and testify to legislative bodies upon request;
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director and the Communications Department to develop communication strategies around cases and campaigns; serve as spokesperson upon request;
  • Supervise outreach activities related to cases and campaigns;
  • Communicate regularly with SPLC staff across the southern region about cases, campaigns, and strategies;
  • Represent SPLC in various fora, including before community groups, legislatures, state agencies, and the media; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications –

Education and Related Work Experience:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree;
  • At least 8 years of federal court litigation or comparable legal experience;
  • At least 2 years managing legal staff;
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
  • Admission to the Bar of Louisiana or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam if the attorney cannot waive

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
  • Initiative, vision, and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice;
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast paced work environment;
  • Excellent and consistent attention-to-detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
  • Aptitude for and willingness to be a team player
  • Commitment to ideals of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse staff of attorneys and non-attorneys; and
  • Commitment to coach and mentor junior attorneys.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.

Due to COVID-19, our offices are currently closed and staff is working remotely. If this position is filled while our offices remain closed, the new employee will work remotely until the offices reopen. We are not asking newly hired employees to relocate while the offices are closed. 


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.  


The Senior Supervising Attorney leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Children’s Rights work throughout the state of Louisiana. This person will be responsible for working with the Deputy Legal Director to develop the vision…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Managerial


New Orleans, LA

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