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STAFF ATTORNEY (APPELLATE)

DESCRIPTION

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC) is accepting applications for an appellate staff attorney position in its Washington, D.C. office. MJC is a public interest law firm that litigates high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country. Working in collaboration with four other MJC offices, the Washington D.C. office is part of the firm’s Appellate Project, which seeks to advance criminal and racial justice through litigation before federal and state courts of appeal and the Supreme Court of the United States.  

Role & Responsibilities:

MJC is looking for an attorney with one to three years of experience, who is passionate about both criminal justice issues and appellate work. The successful candidate will work on appeals that concern a broad array of issues, including prisoner and detainee rights, police misconduct, constitutional rights of accused persons, and religious discrimination at the border. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Participate in litigation of matters within the docket of MJC’s Appellate Project, including strategic decision-making for appeals and petitions for certiorari; conducting research, writing, and editing for appellate briefs; and preparation for oral arguments;
  • Assume primary responsibility for researching, drafting, and presenting oral argument before the court in some assigned appeals; 
  • Track the development of important criminal justice issues in lower courts and make recommendations as to new appellate matters for the Appellate Project; 
  • Supervise law students, including those involved in the Washington, D.C. office’s independent clinical program with Harvard Law School;
  • Assist with matters being litigated by MJC attorneys more broadly (including some non-appellate litigation);
  • Travel as required for litigation and client interaction;
  • Regular professional interaction with clients;
  • A commitment to working collaboratively.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree and 1-3 years’ experience. Individuals with one or more years’ experience in a federal clerkship are encouraged to apply;
  • Admission to the District of Columbia Bar, or willingness to obtain admission within one year of hiring;
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills;
  • Familiarity with criminal justice issues, such as prisoners’ rights issues, criminal procedure, and habeas corpus;
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment.
  • Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure;
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to follow-through on assignments independently, to manage several projects at once, and to be flexible in the event of changing priorities and deadlines.

Location: Washington, D.C.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

None specified

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

J.D.

HOW TO APPLY

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by e-mail to dc@macarthurjusticecenter.org

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

Investigator/Paralegal (IP)

Our Investigator/Paralegals (IP) perform litigation support, as well as outreach and meetings with current and prospective clients and witnesses. The IP assists with field investigations, discovery, and evidence preparation.  They also assist the Center’s attorneys with case management and support, conduct research, and organize information.

The primary responsibility for this Investigator/Paralegal position is to interview clients and witnesses, and assist in document review and management, in the class action against Orleans Parish Prison, Jones v. Gusman.  The IP will be required to travel for work in other parts of Louisiana.   In addition to the Jones litigation the IP will be asked to assist in support of the MacArthur Justice Center’s other litigation against various governmental agencies.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Monitoring conditions inside Orleans Parish Prison, interviewing imprisoned clients and documenting their experiences
  • Building high-quality, trusting relationships with clients, many of whom have experienced severe trauma or suffer from mental illness
  • Drafting detailed memoranda reflecting fact-finding and reviewing it with litigation team members
  • Note and document signs and symptoms of mental illness and intellectual disability for evaluation by mental health experts.
  • Review and management of documents in complex litigation, using case management software tools and written memoranda
  • Conducting litigation fact-finding, including creative problem solving, gathering documents, and conducting detailed witness interviews
  • Willingness to travel and work long hours, including nights and weekends, as needed

LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but MacArthur seeks to fill this position as soon as possible.

The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to admin@macarthurjustice.org with “Investigator/Paralegal Application” in the subject line.