Managing Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform (Florida)

Req No. 2016-1078
Job Locations US-FL-Miami
Category Legal
Type Regular Full-Time


The Managing Attorney will lead SPLC’s efforts to advance criminal justice reform in Florida and will be responsible for administrative, management, and leadership of our two offices in Miami and Tallahassee. The position can be located in either city. The Florida staff of fifteen includes attorneys, policy counsel, paralegals, community advocates, and administrative staff.

The mission of our Criminal Justice Reform practice group is to reduce the number of incarcerated youth and adults and to ensure their safety and dignity. Our current priorities are: (1) ending unfair and harsh sentencing laws and practices; (2) ending laws and policies that push youth into prisons; and (3) ending the detention and criminalization of immigrants. We use a variety of strategies in our work, including litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, strategic communications, and community education and mobilization. For information about our past and current work in criminal justice reform, please visit our website at:


• Developing new CJR cases and campaigns and leading litigation and public policy advocacy under the supervision of a Deputy Legal Director;
• Supervising and managing the legal work of Senior Staff Attorneys, Staff Attorneys, Law Fellows, Paralegals, and/or other legal staff;
• Collaborating with the Deputy Legal Director and the Policy Counsel to identify and support the advancement of CJR state and local policy priorities and testifying to legislative bodies upon request;
• Collaborating with the Deputy Legal Director and the SPLC Communications team to develop communication strategies and serving as media spokesperson upon request;
• Representing SPLC before community groups, legislatures, state agencies, and the media;
• Collaborating and communicating regularly with other SPLC departments;
• Representing the Florida offices on the Legal Leadership Team; and
• Managing the regional office operations budget.


• A law degree and at least 8 years of federal court litigation or comparable legal experience;
• At least 5 years of proven managerial experience of legal staff, include hiring, training, performance evaluation, corrective action, and mentoring;
• Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining a positive and collaborative work culture;
• Excellent analytical, writing, and public speaking skills;
• Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
• Initiative, vision, and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice;
• Ability to work collaboratively with community stakeholders, families, youth, elected officials, and other advocacy organizations; and
• Admission to the Bar of Florida or the willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam.

The position provides a very competitive salary and excellent benefits, including a generous 401 (k) plan. To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

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