The Senior Policy Attorney will direct the Deason Center's two-year campaign to challenge delayed and uncounseled first appearances and eliminate prolonged post-arrest delays in the filing of formal charges. The Senior Policy Attorney will therefore be essential to the Center's ability to accomplish the goals and objectives of its recent grant from Arnold Ventures and the Charles Koch Foundation.
This is a two-year grant funded position.
Education and Experience
A Juris Doctor and a minimum of seven (7) years of experience with criminal justice policy and litigation is required. The ideal candidate will be an experienced lawyer skilled at crafting and litigating the Fifth and Sixth Amendment issues.
Admission in good standing in at least one state strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The ideal candidate will demonstrate good judgment and the ability to handle confidential information, work with many different constituencies (judges, lawyers, stakeholders, staff), meet deadlines, and juggle competing priorities.
Candidate should have strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. A customer service orientation is key. Problem solving, time management, and project management skills are all required for this role.
Organizational and planning skills and attention to detail are must.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office products is required.
Physical and Environmental Demands
Deadline to Apply
Priority consideration will be given to those who apply by 08/01/2021.
This position is open until filled.
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