Advancement Project seeks an experienced civil rights litigator with at least five years of legal experience to serve in its DC office as the Staff Attorney for its Ending Lifetime Disenfranchisement Project.
Advancement Project’s Ending Lifetime Disenfranchisement Project partners with local and national partners to strike down the structural denial of voting rights to people with past felony convictions in Virginia. In Virginia 300,000 people are disenfranchised due to felony convictions; fifty percent are African American. Virginia is one of only two states that continue to enforce a Reconstruction-era law that permanently robs all persons convicted of any felony of their voting rights.
The Staff Attorney will:
- Join an energetic, innovative team of lawyers and local advocates to identify and eliminate structural barriers to the restoration of voting rights in communities of color;
- Work in collaboration with the other lawyers to create a legal roadmap for eliminating existing and new barriers to restoration of voting rights in Virginia by:
- devising a legal strategy for eliminating legal barriers to restoration of voting rights;
- conducting legal and factual research on potential claims to restore voting rights; and playing a significant role in any litigation designed to ensure voting rights;
- Prepare and review written work products to ensure the consistent production of high quality work products and advocacy services;
- Work in collaboration with a team and grassroots organizations to execute an advocacy plan; and
- Assist Co-Directors and other Project Directors in managing investigations and litigation in other projects, as needed.
Candidate must have a minimum of five years post J.D. experience with at least three years of substantial litigation experience; civil rights expertise; strong research, writing and interpersonal skills; and a demonstrated commitment to racial justice. Experience in litigating complex cases, including those involving constitutional challenges or unique or novel legal theories is strongly preferred. Applicants must be licensed to practice in DC or eligible to waive into the DC bar. Fluency in Spanish, VA Bar membership, and voting rights knowledge are preferred. Experience on issue campaigns also preferred.