Senior Staff Attorney (CPP-06) – Capital Punishment Project, NC

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Durham, NC, USA
  • Jun 17, 2019
Full time Public Policy

Job Description

Senior Staff Attorney (CPP-06) – Capital Punishment Project, NC


Title:  Senior Staff Attorney

Office:  National Offices

Location:  Durham, NC

Posted:  June 14 2019


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The Capital Punishment Project of the ACLU’s National office in Durham, NC seeks applications for the full-time position of Senior Staff Attorney.  The attorney will litigate cases in state trial and appellate courts, write amicus briefs, lead national trainings related to capital punishment, and devise and implement systemic reform litigation.




  • Litigating capital cases in state and appellate courts
  • Identifying and developing systemic litigation strategies for priority areas
  • Conceptualizing and drafting amicus briefing in appellate courts
  • Consulting with trial and post-conviction teams in high priority jurisdictions
  • Coordinating litigation work with advocacy opportunities
  • Drafting strategic communications around the death penalty
  • Leading national trainings
  • 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




  • JD required
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in team settings
  • Sensitivity to the need for culturally competent representation is also critical




  • 10+ years relevant experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and criminal justice
  • Client centered advocacy
  • Ability to engage in complex legal analysis with outstanding analytic, legal research, investigation, and writing skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively both verbally and in writing
  • Proven project management and organizational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines while under pressure
  • Strong understanding of trauma, capital mitigation generally, and mental health issues
  • Willingness to travel throughout the country




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.


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