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Senior Staff Attorney (Criminal Injustice Reform Program)


The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is a community lawyering organization, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts, and seeking to advance a vision of a Texas in which all communities can thrive with dignity and justice, and without fear. To advance this work, TCRP is seeking two Senior Staff Attorneys to help advance the goals of the Criminal Injustice Reform (CIR) program, which strives to remedy the injustices of Texas’s criminal legal system for people suffering inside and outside of jails and prisons. This position serves as a key litigation lead, and reports directly to the CIR Legal Director.

For more than thirty years, TCRP has been a committed partner to community organizers, families and advocacy groups across the state. Whether through litigation or other means of legal advocacy, the attorneys and advocates at TCRP work to dismantle mass incarceration, discrimination in voting and civic participation, and injustices occurring at the Texas border, all under a race equity lens. As community lawyers, they work with coalitions of community-based organizations to identify injustices facing Texas communities and then develop impactful, system-changing solutions using litigation and other tools.

Reporting to the CIR Legal Director, the Senior Staff Attorneys will lead litigation and advocacy efforts to reduce the harm of Texas’s unjust criminal system and build productive relationships with clients and coalition partners, providing them with sound, reliable legal counsel. They will actively contribute to TCRP and CIR’s programmatic, communications and development goals. The Senior Staff Attorneys will also guide colleagues’ work on litigation and advocacy campaigns and mentor and support other team members.

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The ideal candidates will bring a sincere commitment to equity and inclusion, social justice, and criminal injustice reform, and strong skills in complex civil or criminal litigation, public interest, or movement or community lawyering. They will bring a well-developed and substantive understanding of the criminal legal system in Texas, and the ways in which it operates. They will be a critical, creative, innovative thinker with the ability to connect community needs with well-reasoned legal arguments and strategies. They will bring a deep commitment to TCRP’s values, including the ongoing work to build a diverse and inclusive workplace.

To Apply: 

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

TCRP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.


Submission Deadline: 
February 10, 2021
Organization Information: 
Texas Civil Rights Project TX
United States