The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a leader in the fight against hate and bigotry in the United States, is seeking nominations and applications for multiple attorney positions in the rapidly expanding Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) team. Expanding its regional office in Atlanta, Georgia and building a Florida-focused team in Miami, SPLC is hiring for a Senior Supervising Attorney and Senior Staff or Staff Attorney in Florida and Senior Staff Attorney and Staff Attorney in Georgia. Joining a legal team that uses impact litigation and policy advocacy as its primary tools to pursue justice and equal rights, the new attorneys will implement SPLC’s immigrants’ rights work using all possible tools, including litigation, legislative campaigns, and public advocacy to protect and advance the rights of immigrants across the South and the nation.
As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the American consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the country are reigniting their commitment to justice for all. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Legal Department is growing in response to the increased demand to protect those whose civil rights are being threatened. As local, state, and federal politicians have enacted policies that result in widespread violations of immigrants’ rights, people are forced to live in fear. Immigrants are often denied basic protections in the workplace and subjected to harassment from law enforcement officers, and their children are often denied educational services required under the law. These policies and practices have thus negated the United States’ long-stated promise of opportunity and safety to individuals coming to this country seeking a better future.
Under the direction of Legal Director Rhonda Brownstein and Deputy Legal Director Mary Bauer, the IJP practice area is growing to meet the increased demands for justice for immigrants across the South and nationally, with a clear focus on ensuring that the rights of immigrants and their children are protected. In Florida, the IJP is growing a team focused on the challenges specific to the state, including Florida’s system of Basic Ordering Agreements with ICE and aggressive border control activity. The Senior Supervising Attorney (SSPA), Senior Staff Attorney (SSTA), and Staff Attorney (SA) each have critical roles in carrying out the implementation of SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Project work:
Senior Supervising Attorney (FL): The SSPA will develop and manage a new team in Florida to ensure the effective implementation of strategy and successful litigation and legislative activities across the state.
Senior Staff Attorneys and Staff Attorneys (locations in FL and GA): SSTAs will lead cases with the support of the SAs, delegating work where appropriate, overseeing each stage of litigation, and providing support and consultation.
In Florida, SSTAs and SAs will focus in the state while SSTAs and SAs in Georgia will work across the South. All team members will strengthen existing and cultivate new relationships with regional and national immigrant rights organizations and communities and have the opportunity to impact national policy.
The ideal candidates for these positions will be exceptionally talented litigators, researchers, and communicators with a deep personal passion for pursuing justice on behalf of immigrants. They will have an understanding of the challenges facing immigrant communities and a natural intellectual curiosity to pursue new learnings and knowledge. The SSPA will bring at least seven (7) years of complex federal litigation experience and at least two (2) years of experience managing attorneys; the SSTA will bring at least five (5) years and the SA will bring at least two (2) years of complex litigation experience. All attorneys are required to be barred, or willing to sit for the next bar, in the relevant state.
This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs, Callie Carroll, and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send nominations and/or applications including cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, and where you learned of the position to the following email addresses:
Please submit application materials separately for all positions you would like to be considered for. Southern Poverty Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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