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The Southern Poverty Law Center | Montgomery, AL
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The Southern Poverty Law Center


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Summary: 

The Economic Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center seeks to ensure that people living in poverty in the Deep South, especially minority communities, are not punished or exploited because of their economic status. Our work has focused on three main areas, and we are in the process of expanding into a fourth: (1) ending debtors’ prisons and reforming court debt abuses; (2) protecting consumers by ending predatory lending and abusive debt collection practices; (3) protecting access to nutritional and health services for those with less resources, including Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps); and (4) ensuring fair and equal access to housing and related services. 

Over the past few years, our Project has worked to end debtors’ prisons in Montgomery, Alabama, Alexander City, Alabama, Bogalusa, Louisiana, and Corinth, Mississippi. We restored access to TennCare (Tennessee’s Medicaid Program) for thousands who were facing life-threatening medical conditions and whose applications were ignored during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and we have blocked punitive reforms to the Medicaid programs in Kentucky and Arkansas, as those states and the federal administration attempts to restrict access to those programs through things like work requirements. We have documented the abusive predatory lending industry in Alabama in an on-going push for state and federal regulatory reform. We drove the largest private “probation” company out of Alabama. And we are seeking to end discriminatory wealth-based bail practices in municipal courts in and state courts Alabama, as well as in Mississippi

Our Project is growing and looking to expand our critical work. We seek to augment our dynamic and talented team with passionate individuals who care about our issues and believe in and identify with our clients, as we look to expand our impact in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and initiate new work in Georgia.

We seek attorneys with at least three years of relevant experience to assist with all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, drafting of memoranda complaints, discovery materials, briefs, pleadings and other litigation documents. The successful candidate will have strong litigation skills, an aptitude for how to leverage litigation successes to achieve lasting policy reform, and an orientation to non-litigation alternatives to achieve the desired results.

The position could be based in either our New Orleans, Louisiana or Montgomery, Alabama or Atlanta (Decatur) Georgia offices. If you would accept the position if offered in only one of these offices, please specify this in your cover letter.

Primary Job Functions:

·        Litigate cases under supervision of Deputy Legal Director and/or Senior Supervising Attorneys.

·        Develop new cases in consultation with Deputy Legal Director and/or Senior Supervising Attorneys.

·        Supervise and help develop other staff, including less experienced attorneys and outreach paralegals.

·        Represent SPLC in various forums, including before community groups, legislators, and state agencies.

·        Write legal memos and briefs.

·        Investigate, gather information and interview clients and witnesses.

·        Respond to requests for legal assistance.

·        Comfort and ability to work with diverse groups and across lines of difference.

·        Substantial travel will be required.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications –

·        A Juris Doctorate degree is required.

  • Staff Attorney: At least three years of litigation experience required. Responsibilities will be commensurate with experience and demonstrated skill level.
  • Senior Staff Attorney: At least five years of litigation experience required. Responsibilities will be commensurate with experience and demonstrated skill level.
  • Excellent analytic, legal research, factual investigation, and writing skills.
  • Ability to synthesize complex issues and communicate them effectively to diverse audiences, including elected officials, attorneys, advocates, impacted communities, supporters, 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 is essential.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues and the mission and goals of the SPLC and Economic Justice group.
  • Commitment to principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·        A demonstrated commitment to civil rights and public interest law is expected.

·        One must have continual attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.

·        An interest in and orientation to federal civil procedure is preferred.

·        An interest in and orientation to some state criminal procedure is preferred.

·        Working independently, but being engaged with and supportive of our team, is expected.

Other Special Considerations:

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

How to apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable), the name and contact information of three references, and professional writing sample.

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.

This position is represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild.

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.

Summary: 

The Economic Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center seeks to ensure that people living in poverty in the Deep South, especially minority communities, are not punished or exploited because of their economic status. Our…

Details at a glance

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

Benefits

Generous health and dental coverage, 401k participation, and relocation assistance if necessary.

Generous health and dental coverage, 401k participation, and relocation assistance if necessary.

Location

Montgomery, AL

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