The Southern Poverty Law Center is seeking applications for a Senior Staff Attorney.


The Senior Staff Attorney will help develop and run a pro bono removal defense project for immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. This position is specifically envisioned to focus on advancing integration of immigrants as full members of their communities in ten Southern states, by providing representation to immigrants subjected to immigration enforcement operations. The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in our service area, and/or the needs of the organization. The attorney hired for this position will work out of SPLC’s Atlanta, Georgia office.


• Represent immigrants in removal defense proceedings and related legal work including motion practice in immigration court, affirmative applications, detained and non-detained representation, and appeals to agency and Article III courts;

• With partner organizations, train, supervise, and mentor pro-bono attorneys to provide high quality representation;

• Develop relationships with civil society rooted within immigrant communities;

• Analyze legal developments and provide technical assistance to allies, communities, and partner organizations;

• 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 upon request; and

• Other duties as may be assigned to meet SPLC needs.


Education and Related Work Experience:

• Juris Doctor Degree;

• At least 7 years of removal defense experience litigating a variety of immigration cases including appeals to administrative and Article III courts;

• Experience working with pro bono counsel representing immigrants or otherwise training and supervising non-immigration practitioners on technical and procedural aspects of immigration representation;

• Demonstrated leadership in building and maintaining an innovative and positive working culture;

• Excellent research and writing skills;

• Prior experience working with survivors of trauma is a plus;

• Membership in a state bar.

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 a large and complex project;

• 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;

• Bilingual in Spanish or another language commonly spoken in the Southeastern United States (e.g., Haitian Creole, Vietnamese or Arabic).

How to Apply:

Please submit a 10 page writing sample, cover letter, references, and unofficial transcript.


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