NELP Immigrant Employment Rights Staff Attorney Opening – SPLC Atlanta Office

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) seeks an attorney to join its Immigrant Justice Project office in Atlanta, Georgia. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. The Immigrant Justice Project works on cases involving the rights of immigrants in nine southern states. Representative cases include large scale litigation on behalf of victims of trafficking, class actions on behalf of guest workers based on violations of their federal employment rights, and civil rights litigation related to anti-immigrant laws, policies, and practices.

Primary Job Functions: 

  • Litigate cases under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director and/or Senior Staff Attorneys;
  • Develop new cases in consultation with other Immigrant Justice Project staff;
  • Respond to requests for legal assistance;
  • Represent SPLC in various forums, including before community groups, legislators, and federal and state agencies;
  • Extensive travel may be required.

Qualifications – Education and Related Work Experience:

  • Juris Doctor degree;
  • Georgia Bar membership or willingness to sit for the next exam;
  • Strong academic background;
  • 3-5 years relevant legal experience;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law;
  • Bilingual, Strong Proficiency in Spanish and English.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
  • Initiative, vision, and a strong commitment to the struggle for social justice;
  • Familiarity with advocating on behalf of low-income poultry processing workers a plus, but not required;
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities and have fun in a high-energy, fast paced work environment.

To Apply: 

The Southern Poverty Law Center provides a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should submit the following documents as one attachment to the link provided: a cover letter, resume, writing sample (excerpt from brief), and three references.