Southern Poverty Law Center

Senior Supervising Attorney, Children's Rights

Multiple Locations:  Miami (FL) and New Orleans (LA)

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Website: Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a leader in the fight against hate and bigotry in the United States, is seeking nominations and applications for two new Senior Supervising Attorneys (SSA) in the significantly expanding Children’s Rights practice group. Joining a legal team that uses impact litigation and policy advocacy as its primary tools to pursue justice and equal rights, the Senior Supervising Attorneys will lead the development and implementation of SPLC’s children’s right work in their respective states (Florida and Louisiana) and manage highly-talented teams in using all possible tools, including litigation, legislative campaigns, and public advocacy to protect and advance the rights of children in those states.

As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the American consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the country are reigniting their commitment to justice for all. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Legal Department is growing in response to the increased demand to protect those whose civil rights are being threatened across the country.  Over the last 12 months, the growth of this team has been unprecedented. Under the direction of Legal Director Rhonda Brownstein and Deputy Legal Director Zoe Savitsky, the Children’s Rights practice area is growing to meet the increased demands for justice for children across the South and nationally, with a clear focus on 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 under-resourced education systems, and often have little or no access to vital health services. And in SPLC’s states, the forces of deregulation and privatization are working to destroy the most important institution for building a democratic society, public schools.

The Senior Supervising Attorneys for Children’s Rights will work in collaboration with the Deputy Legal Director to execute the SPLC’s vision and strategy for children’s rights work in each state. With the DLD, the SSAs will supervise dedicated team of staff attorneys, policy counsel, advocates, support staff, and others as they challenge the privatization of public education and the structural inequalities that disproportionately direct vulnerable children from the classroom and toward prison, educate them in unjustly inadequate schools, and prevent them from accessing the services they need to flourish in their communities.

Specifically, the Senior Supervising Attorneys will be responsible for developing and litigating impact cases in state courts and in federal courts, at both trial and appellate levels. The SSAs will engage in litigation and public advocacy related to children’s rights issues, particularly relating to the school to prison pipeline, educational equity, and children’s health 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, suspensions, 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, school vouchers, segregation/re-segregation); and improving children’s access to Medicaid and other vital health services.

The ideal candidates will be exceptionally talented impact litigators, strategists, and managers with a deep personal passion for pursuing justice on behalf of vulnerable children. They will have an understanding of the challenges facing children in southern states or states with similar demographic, social, and legal contexts and a natural intellectual curiosity to pursue new learnings and knowledge. They will bring at least seven (7) years of litigation experience and two (2) years successfully managing and leading a highly-talented team and be barred or willing to sit for the next bar exam in the relevant state.

To Apply

This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs, Callie Carroll, and Erica Nicole Griffin of NPAG. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send nominations and/or applications including cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, and where you learned of the position to the following email addresses:

-        Florida:

-        Louisiana:

Please submit application materials separately for all positions you would like to be considered for. Southern Poverty Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Our Lead

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Katherine Jacobs, Ph.D.

As a trained psychologist, teacher, researcher, and consultant with twenty years of experience both in the U.S. and abroad, Katherine guides organizations through change with particular expertise in founder transitions, facilitation of Board and executive level decisions, and the implications for growth and strategic talent development. 

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