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Civil Rights Attorney


LAJC seeks a full-time attorney to advocate across multiple campaigns in its JustChildren and Civil Rights & Racial Justice Programs with a focus on criminal legal reform, juvenile justice, school policing, and prison healthcare. This position is co-supervised by the JustChildren Legal Director and the Civil Rights & Racial Justice Legal Director. The attorney will have a variety of responsibilities but will focus primarily on litigation.

Responsibilities will include: • Lead complex federal litigation, including LAJC’s class action prison healthcare lawsuit • Co-teach our Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law • Provide legal advice and representation for low-income families in education cases (e.g., special education, suspension and expulsion, discrimination, etc.) and juvenile justice cases (e.g., serious offender review hearings, services during confinement and re-entry, etc.) for the purpose of investigating systemic violations • Develop impact campaigns seeking reform in Virginia’s public education and juvenile justice systems • Advocate across campaigns seeking to end the criminalization of poverty and people of color in Virginia through police accountability, pretrial reform, and just treatment of people confined to carceral institutions • Advocate for legislation, regulations, and policies that support our advocacy goals, and attend and testify at legislative committee meetings, state agency meetings, and local government meetings • Partner with community organizers and grassroots leaders to develop and implement systems change initiatives • Produce publications, including reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, op-eds, and blog posts • Draft press releases, organize press conferences, and respond to media inquiries • Utilize LAJC’s social media and action alert software
Required      • Virginia Bar licensure, or ability to waive into the Virginia Bar Qualifications      • Strong commitment to public interest law      • Experience working in communities directly impacted by economic and racial injustice      • At least three years of relevant legal experience      • Outstanding oral advocacy, research, writing, organizational, and leadership skills      • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively      • Reliable personal transportation and willingness to travel statewide occasionally      • Sense of humor   Preferred Qualifications      • Broad civil rights experience, including familiarity with criminal legal reform, education law, and juvenile justice      • Significant federal litigation experience, particularly in class actions and civil rights cases      • Experience with data analysis      • Diverse economic, social, and/or cultural experiences
To Apply: 
  • a cover letter,
  • resume,
  • three references,
  • and a writing sample

to Rachael Deane, JustChildren Legal Director, at

The cover letter should highlight relevant litigation experience and experience building impact campaigns. The cover letter should also highlight any specialized skills, such as language fluency, organizing experience, or technology skills.


Submission Deadline: 
October 8, 2019
Organization Information: 
Legal Aid Justice Center
1000 Preston Ave Suite A
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States
Phone: 434-977-0553