Prisoners' Rights Litigation Attorney

Job Type

Full Time




11 Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 400
District of Columbia
United States


The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs seeks an experienced attorney to conduct prisoners’ rights litigation.  

About the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic, and social equity through litigation, client and public education, and public policy advocacy with a primary focus on racial justice. For the last 50 years, the Committee has been on the cutting edge of civil rights advocacy in the region bringing precedent setting litigation to address discrimination. Our work focuses on injustices in housing, employment, the criminal legal system, education, public accommodations, and immigration. We partner with individuals and communities facing discrimination and with the legal community to achieve justice.

General Job Description

The Committee has an active docket of litigation on some of the most critical prisoners’ rights issues including: solitary confinement and other forms of isolation, access to medical and mental health care, availability of parole, and freedom from violent conditions of confinement. Cases are co-counseled with members of the private bar and filed in courts around the country, primarily, although not exclusively against the federal Bureau of Prisons. The prisoners’ rights docket is part of a larger criminal legal system reform initiative at the Committee that addresses police misconduct, debtor’s prisons and collateral consequences of a criminal conviction.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Passion for civil rights and racial equity advocacy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to criminal legal systems reform.
  • J.D. degree and a minimum of five years of litigation experience, preferably in federal court.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex legal analytical work.
  • Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines.
  • Membership or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar. Virginia or Maryland Bar membership a plus.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please send a letter detailing your interest and a resume to: Please place “[your name] – Prisoners’ Rights Attorney” in the subject line.