Deputy Director of Litigation
Civil Rights Corps (“CRC”) is searching for an experienced Deputy Director of Litigation to work closely with our Director of Litigation and a fellow Deputy Director to manage and work with a team of exceptional attorneys and investigators. The Deputy Director of Litigation will supervise several attorneys and an ambitious docket that directly challenges the brutality of our criminal system.
Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is a non-profit civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 2016, CRC challenges wealth-based and race-based systems of oppression. We work to shift power to community-led movements, particularly those led by Black and Brown people who are most affected by this legal system, so they can build sufficient power to create structural change. We work with individuals accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge mass human caging, to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom, and to dismantle white supremacy. Civil Rights Corps engages in advocacy and public education and specializes in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation with the goal of re-sensitizing the legal system and our culture to the injustice and brutality that characterize the contemporary U.S. legal system.
CRC has won groundbreaking litigation challenging the rise of debtors’ prisons, abusive private probation schemes, and wealth-based pre-trial detention. CRC works closely with community partners and is committed to fundamentally transforming the criminal system. CRC’s staff is comprised of passionate and dedicated advocates with a profound commitment to social justice and fighting inequality in all its forms. Learn more about our work at civilrightscorps.org.
The Deputy Director of Litigation will supervise and engage in impact litigation and advocacy. The Deputy Director of Litigation reports to the Director of Litigation. Specific job responsibilities include:
- Serve as close partner to the Director of Litigation and other Deputy Director in the development of litigation strategies and case priorities;
- Work as appropriate with lead attorneys to oversee litigation teams, approve major strategic decisions, and manage the preparation of pleadings, motions, briefs, and discovery.
- With litigation team, ensure connection of casework and litigation strategy to local community, directly impacted individuals, and broader movement goals;
- Advocate in court and engage in day-to-day litigation as necessary;
- Provide personnel supervision to attorneys (in addition to supervising individual cases);
- Work with the Director of Litigation and other Deputy Director to arrange, conduct and guide trainings as needed;
- Ensure that litigation is well coordinated with CRC’s communications, policy, community engagement, and operation teams; and
- Occasionally represent CRC at conferences, in the media, in coalitions, and at other events.
The ideal applicant is passionate about racial and social justice, an outstanding and experienced attorney, interpersonally and culturally competent, and able to work well in a collaborative environment. Innovative thinking, an unwillingness to accept things as they are, and a strong work ethic are essential. Specific qualifications for this position include:
- Outstanding legal work, as established by many of the following criteria:
- Experience directly representing clients;
- Significant litigation experience, including developing innovative strategies and legal claims, drafting complaints, building cases from the ground up, investigation, brief writing, courtroom advocacy, and/or complex discovery;
- Demonstrated excellence in oral and written advocacy, investigation and development of cases, and public speaking skills;
- Experience in both civil and criminal cases; work in civil rights litigation and with those directly impacted by the criminal system is preferred.
- Willingness to think outside the box about every aspect of litigation and to experiment with new ideas.
- Demonstrated commitment to client- or movement-centric litigation, including implementing creative solutions to supporting the needs of clients outside the context of pure litigation.
- Excellent manager, as evidenced by such things as:
- Day-to-day management of attorneys managing complex litigation and projects.
- Effective supervision of teams of people with a variety of levels of experience, abilities, and comfort working independently, including trial teams and/or investigatory teams, while also viewing their supervisory role as one of support and uplifting the team.
- Willingness to participate in the day-to-day work of litigation.
- Ability and willingness to encourage supervisees to think outside the box about litigation strategies and legal claims and to experiment with new ideas.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with focus and effective prioritization.
- Facility in leading goal-setting processes and individual performance evaluations, including gathering and providing feedback.
- Providing regular personnel check-ins and effective, thoughtful workload management for supervisees.
- Demonstrated commitment to training, mentoring and advancing more junior attorneys.
- Demonstrated commitment to an integrated strategy, including litigation, policy and community engagement.
- Race and identity competency, ability to understand and navigate issues of identity, power, and privilege with clients, partners and colleagues.
- J.D. degree and a member in good standing of the bar of a U.S. state.
Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time exempt position; preference will be given to candidates based in or willing to relocate to Washington, D.C., but remote candidates will be considered. Salary is determined based on years of experience and will be in the range of $121,000 – $169,000.
Civil Rights Corps offers an outstanding and generous benefits package, including employer-paid health, vision, and dental benefits; transit benefits; an annual wellness benefit; retirement matching; and paid sick, family, and unlimited vacation leave.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and four references. Please include as one of the references someone whom you have supervised. In your cover letter, please include one or more examples of litigation that you have led in terms of developing and implementing a strategy. Your examples should include detail on what you did to move the case forward, including investigation, discovery, briefing, and courtroom advocacy, as well as any media strategy and engagement with community partners.
The position is open until filled. Materials should be addressed to email@example.com. Please include your name and “DD” in the subject line.
Civil Rights Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We greatly value a diverse workforce and management team and an inclusive culture. Civil Rights Corps is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients and staff.