Senior Supervising Attorney- Mass Incarceration

Req No. 2016-1069
Job Locations US-LA-New Orleans
Category Legal
Type Regular Full-Time


The Senior Supervising Attorney will develop and litigate individual and class action cases raising constitutional and statutory claims in Louisiana and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels. S/he will engage in litigation and public advocacy related to civil rights issues, particularly relating to adult and juvenile justice reform. S/he will also supervise staff attorneys and/or other legal staff.

This position is specifically envisioned to focus on advancing criminal justice reform in Louisiana. This may include, but will not be limited to: improving access to indigent defense; advancing sentencing reform; addressing unconstitutional conditions in Louisiana’s juvenile, adult, and immigrant detention facilities; and other issues relating to over-policing, the denial of due process in the criminal justice system, racial disparities, and/or collateral consequences of justice system involvement. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in Louisiana, and/or the needs of the organization.


• Develop new cases and campaigns and lead litigation and public advocacy under supervision of the Deputy Legal Director;
• Supervise and manage the legal work of Senior Staff Attorneys, Staff Attorneys, Law Fellows, and/or other legal staff;
• Collaborate with the Deputy Legal Director and the 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.
• Supervise outreach activities related to cases and campaigns;
• 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.


Education and Related Work Experience:
• Juris Doctorate Degree;
• At least 7 years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience;
• At least 2 years of managerial experience of legal staff to include hiring, training, performance evaluation, mentoring, etc;
• Served as lead counsel on two or more major civil cases;
• Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining an innovative and positive working culture;
• Excellent research and writing skills;
• Admission to the Louisiana Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

• Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
• Initiative, vision, and a proven commitment to the struggle for social justice;
• Leadership skills and experience, including leading large-scale litigation;
• 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;
• Spanish language ability preferred but not required.

To Apply:

Please submit you resume, cover letter,  a 5 page writing sample and a copy of your law school transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable).

Other Special Considerations:

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

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 and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

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