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Staff Attorney, Voting Rights

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This position can work from one of the following locations: Atlanta, GA, Jackson, MS, Miami, FL, Montgomery, AL, New Orleans, LA, Tallahassee, FL, Washington, D.C.

Summary: 

Launched in 2019, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Voting Rights Practice Group (VRPG) works across the Deep South in collaboration with community partners and organizers to engage and mobilize voters, restore voting rights to returning citizens, pursue electoral policy reforms, and bring litigation to challenge unconstitutional and discriminatory voting practices. The Voting Rights Practice Group’s efforts center on expanding access to the ballot; promoting fair redistricting and defending against racial gerrymandering and vote dilution; election administration; and community outreach and engagement.

The practice group’s current work includes a lawsuit on behalf of voter engagement organizations and individual plaintiffs challenging multiple provisions of SB 202, Georgia’s sweeping voter disenfranchisement law which threatens to disenfranchise Georgia voters, specifically voters of color; a lawsuit brought on behalf of voting rights organizations and individual voters challenging Alabama’s state legislative maps as racial gerrymanders in violation of the U.S. Constitution; a complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice against the state of Alabama’s absentee voting program under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and ongoing litigation challenging aspects of Mississippi’s and Alabama’s felony disenfranchisement laws. The practice group recently submitted reports to Congress in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act detailing current and historical voting rights violations in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The practice group also engages in public education, election protection, and other legal advocacy work across the Deep South. The practice group will expand upon that work by continuing advocacy around statewide and local redistricting, protecting and expanding access to the ballot, and advocating for progressive state and federal policy reform alongside our colleagues in the SPLC Policy Department. 

To join our growing team of advocates, we seek a staff attorney with at least two (2) years of relevant experience to assist with all aspects of legal advocacy and litigation, including legal research, factual investigations, drafting of memoranda, complaints, discovery materials, briefs, pleadings, and other documents. In addition to strong legal advocacy and litigation skills, the successful candidate will offer creative approaches on how to address voting rights issues and leverage litigation successes to achieve lasting reform and will have experience and cultural competence to work and build relationships with a diverse group of colleagues, coalition and community partners, and clients.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Litigate cases in state and federal courts across SPLC’s five focus states. This includes working and co-counseling with private attorneys; conducting extensive research and factual investigations; writing motions, briefs, and other court filings; conducting discovery, court appearances; and oral arguments;
  • Identify and develop new cases and new litigation strategies to advance voting rights, including working with community groups, coalitions, and individuals in SPLC’s five focus states;
  • Collaborate extensively across departments within SPLC to ensure effective implementation of SPLCs impact area goals;
  • Represent VRPG on relevant task forces and coalitions;
  • Work closely with SPLC’s Policy Department staff and the SPLC’s Communications and other departments in helping to advance the organization’s policy objectives;
  • Engage in public speaking and represent the SPLC’s policies and programs to the public and the media on voting rights issues; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications –

  • J.D. degree;
  • At least two years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience;
  • Excellent research and writing skills; and
  • Admission to bar in the state of residency or willingness to sit for the next bar exam.

Knowledge , Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to synthesize complex issues and communicate them effectively to diverse audiences, including elected officials, attorneys, advocates, impacted communities, supporters, community partners, coalition partners, the media, and the general public;
  • Proven project management and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, pay attention to detail, and meet deadlines while under pressure;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in team settings;
  • Ability and willingness to travel;
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues and the mission and goals of the SPLC;
  • Commitment to ideals of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Commitment to fostering an anti-racist work culture and to anti-racist principles and learning;
  • Demonstrated commitment to or experience in voting rights, civic engagement, campaign work, organizing, or election law is preferred, but not required; and
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred given SPLC’s desire to increase partnerships with Spanish-speaking communities, but not required.

Other Special Considerations:

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

This position is represented by the Washington Baltimore News Guild.

Due to COVID-19, our offices are currently closed, and staff is working remotely. If the 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.

Disclaimer:

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.

This position can work from one of the following locations: Atlanta, GA, Jackson, MS, Miami, FL, Montgomery, AL, New Orleans, LA, Tallahassee, FL, Washington, D.C.

Summary: 

Launched in 2019, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Voting Rights Practice Group…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Benefits

Competitive benefits package.

Competitive benefits package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish is preferred given SPLC’s desire to increase partnerships with Spanish-speaking communities, but not required.


Fluency in Spanish is preferred given SPLC’s desire to increase partnerships with Spanish-speaking communities, but not required.


Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Atlanta, GA
Associated Location
Atlanta, GA, USA

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please apply here: https://www.splcenter.org/about/careers/jobs?gh_jid=5769134002

For immediate consideration, please apply here: https://www.splcenter.org/about/careers/jobs?gh_jid=5769134002

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