The Promise of Justice Initiative is a non-profit organization that advocates for criminal justice reform, civil rights protections, and the abolition of the death penalty and other excessive inhumane punishments. PJI works alongside impacted men and women seeking fair and just treatment under the law. Our projects focus on ending the death penalty, fixing inhumane conditions of confinement, exposing prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, eliminating poor representation of criminal defendants, and ending racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

PJI is seeking a Staff Attorney to work with our Civil Litigation team. Conditions of confinement in the Louisiana prison system violate the constitutional rights of many prisoners. Due to overcrowding, limited funding, and a narrow focus on retribution, prisoners in Louisiana endure unnecessarily harsh conditions in their daily lives. PJI provides legal representation to our clients who endeavor to hold the state accountable for their unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Our litigation projects include extreme heat conditions, medical negligence, and execution protocol litigation. Through these cases, together with PJI’s other projects, we aim to infuse Louisiana’s prison system with reason, necessary reform, and a respect for human dignity.


The Staff Attorney position will include a good deal of client interaction, and very hands-on experience (depositions, hearings, etc.) early in your tenure. The Staff Attorney will also have opportunities to work on media materials as well as to engage in policy advocacy. Where there is interest, a Staff Attorney may be able to work on some criminal cases as well.

Required Qualifications

-         Law degree and eligibility for the Louisiana Bar

-         At least four years of experience practicing law

-         Strong written and verbal communication skills

-         Strong attention to detail

-         Experience in civil discovery

-         Willingness to work outside of work hours when necessary


Preferred Qualifications

-         Experience working with people impacted by the criminal court system

-         Track record of strong client advocacy

-         Experience work on Federal Civil Rights litigation

-         Federal clerkship

-         Driver’s license

PJI is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees. All employment decisions at PJI are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, past or present military service, history of incarceration, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. PJI will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. PJI encourages applicants of all ages, and does not discriminate based against formerly incarcerated individuals.

How To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references by August 19th to:

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