Staff Attorney

The Equal Justice Initiative is seeking an attorney with experience to join its full-time legal staff.

About EJI

EJI is a nonprofit law office and human rights organization that provides legal assistance to condemned prisoners, children in the criminal justice system, people wrongly convicted or sentenced, and prisoners suffering inhumane conditions of confinement.

About the Position

We currently are challenging excessive and abusive punishments imposed on children across the United States, maintain a large docket of death penalty cases, wrongful conviction cases, and civil rights cases, and have undertaken large reform projects relating to racial injustice and inequality. We have filed civil actions in the last few years challenging the horrific and inhumane conditions in Alabama’s maximum security prisons, the abuse of power by correctional officers, and widespread mistreatment of mentally ill inmates. We work with and provide training to lawyers, law students, community leaders, and low- income communities to improve access to justice. We have launched an extensive initiative on racial justice that seeks to illuminate this country’s history of racial injustice and provide meaningful solutions to these entrenched problems.

EJI is seeking lawyers with strong advocacy skills who have five years of litigation experience, are highly motivated, hard-working, and who embrace our mission and litigation goals enthusiastically. Strong research and writing skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and an abiding commitment to social justice are essential to the position.

EJI provides full benefits; pay will be commensurate with experience.

How To Apply

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Senior Attorneys Angie Setzer at [email protected] and Tatiana Bertsch at [email protected]. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. EJI especially encourages people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

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