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Staff Attorney, National Prison Project at ACLU in Washington, Washington DC

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Job Description:


The National Prison Project of the ACLU's National office in Washington, DC seeks applications for the full-time position of Staff Attorney.

Founded in 1972, the National Prison Project (NPP) seeks to ensure constitutional conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, and immigration detention facilities. The Project has successfully litigated on behalf of prisoners in more than 25 states, and since 1991 has represented prisoners in five cases before the United States Supreme Court. The Project is the only organization litigating conditions of confinement cases nationwide on behalf of men, women, and children.
NPP policy priorities include reducing prison overcrowding, improving prisoner health care, eliminating violence and maltreatment, and increasing oversight and accountability in prisons, jails, and other places of detention. The Project leads the nationwide Stop Solitary campaign, which works to end the excessive and inappropriate use of solitary confinement. The Project also coordinates a nationwide network of litigators, conducts training and public education conferences, and provides expert advice and technical assistance to activists and lawyers throughout the country.
  • Litigate in federal courts, including appellate courts, throughout the country
  • Work closely with other staff attorneys and local counsel to handle a substantial caseload of major class actions in federal court
  • Conduct legal research and write legal memoranda
  • Analyze legislation for potential litigation
  • Draft pleadings and briefs, engage in discovery and motion practice, and conduct evidentiary hearings and oral arguments
  • Provide technical assistance and expert legal advice to local ACLU affiliates, cooperating attorneys and others who seek assistance from the Project
  • Conduct policy advocacy on prisoners' rights and criminal justice issues
  • Develop new cases and non-litigation advocacy projects
  • Engage in public speaking and articulating ACLU views to a variety of audiences on a broad range of prisoners' rights, criminal justice, and civil liberties issues
  • Supervise paralegals
  • 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
  • J.D. and a minimum of three years of litigation experience, preferably in federal court
  • Active bar membership
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and public interest law
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Ability to travel.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex legal analytical work
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Self-motivated, diligent and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure
  • Familiarity with criminal justice issues
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked 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, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.