SPLC’s Children’s Rights Practice Group is dedicated to ensuring that vulnerable children in the Deep South have access to the resources they need—particularly education and health services—to grow and thrive, and that they are neither excluded from nor denied such resources due to their background or characteristics. Vulnerable children in SPLC’s states are pushed into the school to prison pipeline at disproportionate rates, attend school in underresourced education systems, and often have little or no access to vital health services.
The Senior Supervising Attorney (Alabama) leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s children’s rights work throughout the state of Alabama. This person is responsible for working with the Deputy Legal Director to develop the vision and strategy for children’s rights work in Alabama. The Senior Supervising Attorney will supervise a dedicated team of staff attorneys, policy counsel, advocates, support staff, and others. Under the Senior Supervising Attorney’s leadership, the team will use every tool at our disposal to challenge the structural inequalities that send children into the school to prison pipeline, educate them in unjustly inadequate schools, and prevent them from accessing the services they need to flourish in their communities.
Specifically, the Senior Supervising Attorney will be responsible for developing and litigating impact cases raising constitutional and statutory claims in Alabama and federal courts, at both trial and appellate levels. The Senior Supervising Attorney will engage in litigation and myriad forms of public advocacy related to civil rights issues, particularly relating to the school to prison pipeline, educational equity, and children’s services (focusing on mental health care). This may include, but will not be limited to: addressing disproportionality and discrimination in school discipline, referrals to alternative school, expulsion, and school-based arrest; curbing seclusion and restraint; pushing back against school-imposed fines and citations; addressing a variety of equity issues (school funding, deregulation, privatization, segregation/re-segregation); and improving children’s access to Medicaid and other vital health services.
The focus of the position may change as warranted by changes in the law, the circumstances in Alabama, and/or the needs of the organization.
Under the supervision of the Deputy Legal Director, the Senior Supervising Attorney will:
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions. Willingness to travel and willingness to work varied/flexible hours are a must. The amount of travel will vary based upon the needs of SPLC.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of a person in this position.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, a writing sample (up to 10 pages), and a copy of your post-secondary transcript(s) (official or unofficial).
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.
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