EJI Seeking Applicants for Attorney Position


The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is seeking an attorney with litigation experience to join its legal staff. 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 the poor and vulnerable facing imprisonment. We advocate for more hopeful solutions to the violence, powerlessness and despair that plague many marginalized communities.

We currently are challenging excessive and abusive punishments imposed on children across the United States, working on large reform projects relating to racial injustice and inequality, and we maintain a large docket of death penalty cases, wrongful conviction cases, and civil rights cases. We have filed civil actions in the last year 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 a new initiative on racial justice that seeks to illuminate this country’s history of racial injustice and provide meaningful solutions to long-standing problems. We issue research reports and materials aimed at educating the public and increasing awareness of problems related to criminal justice, race and poverty.

EJI is seeking lawyers with strong advocacy skills who have at least two to three years of litigation experience, are highly motivated, hard-working, and who embrace our mission and program goals enthusiastically. Strong research and writing skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an abiding commitment to social justice are essential for this position. Our primary office is in Montgomery, Alabama.

EJI provides full benefits; pay will be commensurate with experience. To apply please send a letter of interest and a resume to Senior Attorney Angie Setzer at [email protected]. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but must be received no later than January 15, 2017. EJI has a strong commitment to diversity and especially encourages people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.