The Capital Punishment Project of the ACLU’s National office in Durham, NC seeks applications for the full-time position of Staff Attorney.
The attorney will litigate cases in state trial and appellate courts, write amicus briefs, lead national trainings related to capital punishment, and devise and implement systemic reform litigation.
Litigating capital cases in state and appellate courts
Identifying and developing systemic litigation strategies for priority areas
Conceptualizing and drafting amicus briefing in appellate courts
Consulting with trial and post-conviction teams in high priority jurisdictions
Coordinating litigation work with advocacy opportunities
Drafting strategic communications around the death penalty
Leading national trainings
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office, using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socio-economic circumstance
Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
Ability to work collaboratively and in team settings
Sensitivity to the need for culturally competent representation is also critical
5+ years relevant experience
Demonstrated commitment to social and criminal justice
Client centered advocacy
Ability to engage in complex legal analysis with outstanding analytic, legal research, investigation, and writing skills
Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively both verbally and in writing
Proven project management and organizational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines while under pressure
Strong understanding of trauma, capital mitigation generally, and mental health issues
Willingness to travel throughout the country
About American Civil Liberties Union
For nearly 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, preserving the right to vote, the right to have an abortion, the rights protected by the First Amendment and due process of law, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. The ACLU is a nationwide organization the fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, economic status, national origin, immigration status, incarceration or record of arrest or conviction. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan and have grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization of more than 1.6 million members and supporters.