Civil Rights Corps seeks attorneys to join our team during 2020. All attorneys at CRC work on impact litigation and advocacy challenging mass human caging, with a goal of creating a legal system that promotes equality and freedom.
Job duties include:
- Litigating complex civil rights cases in federal and state court to challenge a range of injustices within the criminal legal system. More experienced attorneys are expected to help manage litigation teams that include attorneys and investigators from CRC as well as collaborating organizations and/or law firms,
- Investigating and developing factual and legal claims; preparing pleadings, motions, and briefs; conducting discovery; presenting oral arguments; and handling trials and appeals.
- Working with other CRC departments in the creation of advocacy campaigns integrating litigation, organizing, public education, policy advocacy, and strategic communications.
- Developing and maintaining relationships with community partners, organizers, coalition members, and legal allies.
- Representing CRC in the media, at conferences, and at other venues.
- Assisting with CRC’s organizational development and planning.
- Depending on experience, mentor less experienced attorneys and legal fellows.
Ideal applicants are passionate about social justice, hard working, a fast learner, proactive, able to juggle multiple tasks, interpersonally and culturally competent, and able to work well in a collaborative environment. Innovative thinking, an unwillingness to accept things as they are, and a strong work ethic are essential.
More experienced applicants must have significant legal writing and courtroom litigation experience.
All applicants must have:
- Degree and admitted to practice law in a U.S. state.
- Experience litigating in either civil rights or criminal law (or both).
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission, purpose, and values of CRC.
- Excellent writing and research skills and ability to engage in complex legal analysis.
- Excellent communication and public speaking skills.
- Experience working with diverse communities, and on behalf of low-income clients.
- Demonstrated commitment to an integrated strategy for challenging the criminal legal system, including litigation, policy and community engagement. This commitment includes an understanding of the need to build power in those communities affected by this strategy.
- Race and identity competency, ability to understand, appreciate and navigate issues of identity, power, and privilege with clients, partners and colleagues.
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative, establish priorities, work independently, self-motivate, and proceed with objectives with minimal supervision.
Civil Rights Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Civil Rights Corps is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients and staff.
Salary and Benefits
All attorney positions are full-time positions and the starting salary is based on years of relevant experience and range from $70,000 to $140,000. Benefits include full health care coverage, generous leave packages and retirement benefits, and transportation benefits.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and list of four references to email@example.com. Please include your name and “Attorney Application” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Cover letters should discuss applicant’s experience working with an integrated strategy devoted to building power in communities, and also discuss which part of the job as described will pose the greatest challenge.