Senior Staff Attorney, Education – Montgomery, AL
Southern Poverty Law Center - Montgomery, AL

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The Southern Poverty Law Center seeks an attorney to join its Montgomery, Alabama office. The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Our Legal Department works on cases involving the rights of children, prisoners, immigrants, the LGBT community, victims of hate crimes, and issues affecting economically disadvantaged communities.

We are looking to hire an Education Rights Attorney with at least 6 years of experience to work on SPLC’s Children at Risk team.

Education attorneys working in the Children at Risk team transform local reforms into statewide education solutions. We use litigation, legislation, policy advocacy, community education and partnerships, and direct representation to create equitable educational opportunities for all students in Alabama and throughout the Deep South.

The focus areas for the Children at Risk team include: Keeping students in class and out of the “school-to-prison pipeline”; Expanding implementation of research-based alternatives that reduce out-of-school suspensions, improve learning and increase student graduation; Reforming education for incarcerated youth; Ending discrimination in school policies and practices; and Expanding educational opportunities for all students.

The successful applicant will have excellent research and writing skills, a strong academic background, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law.

The salary and benefits are excellent.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample. to the, preferably by e-mail. Please send all application materials to:

Due to the high volume of applications received by the Center, the legal department is unable to respond to inquiries by telephone.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

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