Senior staff attorneys conduct litigation and advocacy around existing Center for Constitutional Rights cases – and develop new, creative litigation and advocacy – in our issue areas, which include: racial justice; discriminatory policing; mass incarceration; government surveillance; criminalization of dissent; gender equality and LGBTQIA+ rights; and more. The Senior Managing Attorney, Southern Regional Office (SMA-SRO) is expected to use our various legal and advocacy tools, including complex litigation, before international fora and media and public education venues to promote progressive social change.
The Center for Constitutional Rights Southern Regional Office is a key part of an exciting new initiative drawing on the organization’s historical roots in the Deep South and reflecting the urgent need to strengthen, support, and help build the power of southern regional movements to fight white supremacy and other forms of oppressive power.
As the first staff position in our Southern Regional Office, the SMA-SRO will, in collaboration with the entire organization, play a pivotal role in shaping and leading our social justice litigation and advocacy presence in the Deep South in alignment with our overall strategic priorities. The SMA-SRO will develop radical legal interventions that exemplify the Center for Constitutional Rights’ model of driving social change through strategic impact litigation, cutting-edge advocacy, and strategic communications through narrative shifting. They will serve as a primary institutional representative for our Southern Regional Office and proactively develop relationships with legal, policy, and advocacy groups, law firms and local counsel, and other key allies in the region to build the capacity of the SMA-SRO to achieve the organization’s mission and goals. They will be responsible for the daily operation of the office and for fostering a collaborative, collegial, and productive work culture.
A note on the location: This role is fully remote for an extended period of time in light of COVID-19. Candidates from southern states or with ties to southern states are strongly encouraged to apply; applications from across the country will be carefully considered. Subject to workplace and travel restrictions, this role will require regular travel to Jackson, Mississippi, the eventual location of the Center for Constitutional Rights’ Southern Regional Office, as well as to the Delta region, and throughout the South as needed.
- Conceive, develop, and manage complex litigation that advances our organizational mission, including developing case theory, conducting factual and legal research, identifying appropriate clients, pursuing appropriate and strategic litigation opportunities, and filing claims in domestic and/or international fora.
- Initiate and engage in all aspects of litigation, including drafting pleadings, briefs, affidavits, and correspondence; taking and defending depositions; managing complex discovery; conducting negotiations with opposing counsel; appearing in court and examining witnesses; and negotiating, implementing and monitoring settlement agreements.
- Proactively and consistently report to relevant staff and leadership about programmatic developments, administrative needs, and broader institutional concerns, opportunities, and needs.
- In collaboration with Advocacy team members, develop, implement, and support advocacy strategies in support of our clients, cases, and/or projects. Engage with community groups, cooperating attorneys, co-counsel, progressive lawyers, law students, legal groups, and other allies.
- Support all aspects of relevant communications activity, including reviewing press materials and responding to press requests. Serve as a highly visible spokesperson for the Center for Constitutional Rights, particularly for our southern regional work, speaking regularly to media, drafting, reviewing, and editing opinion pieces, appearing at legal academic fora and social justice convenings, and otherwise advocating for our strategic priorities outside of the courtroom.
- Work with and supervise legal workers, fellows, student interns, and volunteers on specific cases and projects.
- Assist the Development Department in managing individual and foundation relationships, including development and review of grant proposals, participation in donor meetings, fundraising and donor appreciation activities, and periodic travel for development trips and activities.
- Work with Operations and other relevant staff to ensure effective oversight and functioning of the Southern Regional Office consistent with the Center for Constitutional Right’s systems, policies, and protocols.
- Participate in departmental and organizational planning and organization-wide committees, and carry out work as assigned.
- Maintain good standing in Mississippi, New York, or other state bars as appropriate, including fulfilling requirements for continuing legal education (CLE).
- Other related work as assigned by the Legal Director.
We are seeking a highly skilled, passionate social justice lawyer who is experienced and comfortable with complex federal litigation and working with social movements.
- J.D. and admission to a state bar required; admission to the Mississippi or New York Bar preferred.
- Experience supervising staff legal workers or paralegals, and leading teams.
- A belief in the mission of the Center for Constitutional Rights and comfort working in a progressive environment.
- Knowledge and skills in several areas of law, including, but not limited to: substantive civil rights law, U.S. constitutional law, and economic and social rights.
- Background and experience in one or more of our issue areas, including but. not limited to: racial justice, economic justice, gender justice, and LGBTQIA+ rights.
- Practical experience working with grassroots organizations and impacted communities; working with policy, advocacy, and grassroots campaigns, especially in the U.S. South, preferred.
- Excellent legal research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills.
- Experience representing clients at hearings, at trial, and on appeal.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively, to work effectively on a team, whether in a leadership or follower role, and to contribute positively to organizational culture.
- Commitment to vigorous promotion of equity and inclusion, and demonstrated cultural competence with respect to issues including but not limited to race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, and class.
- Outstanding organizational and time management skills, including proven ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks and priorities under tight deadlines and in a fast-paced environment.
- Integrity and a sense of humor.
- Ability and willingness to travel required.
Salary is commensurate with experience and subject to union collective bargaining agreement. For example, the salary for an attorney with 10 years of experience is $116,001.
Benefits include employer contribution to 401K plan and flexible spending account, vacation, sick leave, and holidays, and 100 percent organization-paid health benefits, including medical, dental, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance.
Qualified candidates should visit https://ccrjustice.wufoo.com/forms/senior-managing-attorney-southern-regional-office/ to submit an online application. Applicants will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter along with two writing samples. No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by July 6, 2021.
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