The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Voting Rights Practice Group (VRPG) works across the Deep South in collaboration with community partners and organizers to engage and mobilize voters, restore voting rights to returning citizens, pursue electoral policy reforms, and bring litigation to challenge unconstitutional and discriminatory voting practices. Our efforts center on expanding access to the ballot; promoting fair redistricting; defending against racial gerrymandering and vote dilution; improving election administration; and community outreach and engagement.
VRPG’s current work includes a lawsuit challenging multiple provisions of SB 202, Georgia’s sweeping voter disenfranchisement law which threatens to disenfranchise Georgia voters, specifically voters of color; a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s state legislative maps as racial gerrymanders in violation of the U.S. Constitution; a lawsuit challenging the Mississippi Supreme Court’s 35-year-old districting plan, which denies Black voters a fair opportunity to elect candidate of their choice; a lawsuit challenging the city council and school board districts in Jacksonville-Duval County, Florida, as unconstitutional racial gerrymanders; and a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s failure to make its absentee ballot system accessible to blind and print-disabled individuals. We recently submitted reports to Congress in support of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act detailing current and historical voting rights violations in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. We also engage regularly in public education, election monitoring, and other legal advocacy work across the Deep South.
We seek a senior staff attorney with at least six (6) years of relevant experience to assist with all aspects of legal advocacy and litigation, including legal research, factual investigations, drafting of memoranda, complaints, discovery materials, briefs, pleadings, and other documents. In addition to strong legal advocacy and litigation skills, the successful candidate will offer creative approaches on how to address voting rights issues and leverage litigation successes to achieve lasting reform and will have experiences and cultural competence to work with a diverse group of colleagues, coalition and community partners, and clients.
Primary Job Functions:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
This is an exempt role and the minimum starting salary is $87,650.00 annually. Salary is based on legal experience post law school.
Senior Staff Attorney I (6 & 7 years out of law school): $87,650
Senior Staff Attorney II (8 & 9 years out of law school): $100,800
Senior Staff Attorney III (10 & 11 years out of law school): $115,920
Senior Staff Attorney IV (12+ years out of law school): $133,310
This role has the following work designation options:
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
This position is represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
Date posted: September 2, 2022Read Full Description