The Prisoners’ Rights Project (PRP) is seeking an experienced attorney to join its litigation and advocacy efforts to protect and advance the constitutional and other rights of people incarcerated in New York State prisons and New York City jails. PRP seeks systemic change to improve conditions of confinement, primarily through strategic class action litigation, policy work, and direct advocacy with carceral authorities. A significant portion of the work involves enforcement of previously won judgments to ensure they are implemented in practice. Recent litigation has focused on violence and sexual abuse by corrections staff, education, deaths in custody, and prolonged detention of people with mental illness. The Staff Attorney will be responsible for working collaboratively on developing new litigation strategies, managing current litigation, enforcing existing judgments, engaging with clients and community groups and engaging in advocacy with legislative and regulatory bodies.
• Learning from clients about their needs and challenges during incarceration and identifying legal solutions that achieve the clients’ goals
• Designing and managing civil litigation to redress prison and jail conditions, including factual investigation, creating a theory of a case, identifying legal claims, conducting discovery, motion practice, settlement, trial and enforcement of judgments
• Understanding clients’ legal needs and advocating with prisons, jails, and other local, state and federal agencies
• Working substantively and collegially with others, including PRP and Legal Aid Society colleagues, pro bono counsel, community groups, and policy makers
• Conducting policy advocacy on issues affecting incarcerated persons, including commenting on proposed regulations and legislation and presenting oral and written testimony
• Collaborating with community groups and impacted peoples on issues affecting rights of incarcerated people
• Other duties as assigned.
Please submit the following: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample as a single combined PDF.
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FAVORABLE CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO ATTORNEYS WITH SPANISH FLUENCY, AND THOSE WITH SUBSTANTIAL KNOWLEDGE OR EXPERTISE IN PRISONERS’ RIGHTS WORK.
The Prisoners’ Rights Project (PRP) is seeking an experienced attorney to join its litigation and advocacy efforts to protect and advance the constitutional and other rights of people incarcerated in New York State prisons and New York…
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