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Staff Attorney, IJP

New Orleans, LA
Full Time
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation Exp.: 2+ Years
The Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center primarily works to: (1) fight against practices that funnel people into the deportation machine; (2) free immigrants from detention through individual representation and systemic reform; (3) change immigration and enforcement systems so they operate fairly and sensibly; (4) enforce laws protecting migrants from mistreatment by governments or employers; and (5) support immigrant communities in states in which we work as they demand respect for their dignity and humanity; and end discrimination based on immigration status or national origin.

The Staff Attorney will litigate individual and class action civil rights cases in federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. They may develop and lead legislative work and public advocacy campaigns. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances facing immigrants, or the needs of the organization.

Immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, and members of historically marginalized and oppressed communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Primary Job Functions:
  • Identify, coordinate, and lead advocacy and litigation opportunities under supervision of the Deputy Legal Director, Senior Supervising Attorney or Senior Staff Attorneys;
  • Analyze legal developments and provide technical assistance to allies, immigrant communities, and partner organizations;
  • Foster relationships with local NGOs and immigrant communities;
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director and Policy Counsel and 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;
  • Communicate regularly with SPLC staff across the southern region about cases, campaigns, and strategies;
  • Represent SPLC in various fora, including before community groups, legislatures, and state agencies, and the press; and
  • Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.

Qualifications –
Education and Work Experience:

  • JD;
  • At least two years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience; and
  • Admission to a State Bar.
  • Excellent research and writing skills;

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • 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 and,
  • Commitment to ideals of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion; and
  • Commitment to fostering an anti-racist work culture and to anti-racist principles and learning.

Other Special Considerations:
The position is represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild.

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

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