Employment at Human Rights Defense Center
The Human Rights Defense Center is a dynamic and vibrant non-profit organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, religion or other impermissible factors, nor on prior incarceration/criminal record status.
HRDC welcomes volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, interning or being a fellow at HRDC in a non-compensated capacity, please contact us at 561-360-2523.
HRDC currently has a job opening for a staff attorney in our Lake Worth, Florida office. For details on this job opportunity, please see below.
Human Rights Defense Center: Staff Attorney Job Posting
The Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) is seeking a full-time staff attorney in its Lake Worth, Florida office. HRDC is a nonprofit organization that advocates in furtherance of the human rights of people held in U.S. detention facilities. This includes people in state and federal prisons, local jails, immigration detention centers, civil commitment facilities, Bureau of Indian Affairs jails, juvenile facilities and military prisons.
HRDC is one of the few national opponents to the private prison industry and is the foremost advocate on behalf of the free speech rights of publishers to
communicate with prisoners and the right of prisoners to receive publications and
communications from outside sources. HRDC also does significant work around government transparency and accountability issues by filing and litigating public records and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases at the state and federal levels.
Responsibilities: The attorney will primarily litigate Section 1983 and FOIA cases in federal court, and will also litigate cases under state public records laws. The attorney will be expected to handle all phases of complex civil litigation and maintain an active case load, although all cases at HRDC are handled cooperatively among all in-house attorneys. The attorney will be directly supervised by General Counsel to the organization and will work with in-house legal support staff. In most cases, the attorney will coordinate and work with co-counsel from various jurisdictions across the country. The attorney will occasionally be expected to travel for litigation and to represent the organization at conferences and speaking engagements when necessary.
Qualifications: A minimum of three years litigation is preferred but exceptions will be made for exceptional candidates with less experience. The successful candidate will have excellent writing and analytical skills, experience litigating § 1983 cases, a demonstrated commitment to improving the criminal justice system, and a personal interest in the preservation and advancement of civil liberties and individual rights. Judicial clerkships are acceptable as experience.
The attorney must be admitted to the Florida Bar, must be self-motivated, energetic, capable of working in a dynamic, fast paced environment, and able to adjust to shifting priorities.
Salary/Benefits: Salary is competitive with those being offered to other public interest lawyers in the area and will be set depending on experience. HRDC offers a benefits package that includes health insurance.
Application: Send your resume, three professional references, a writing sample and a cover letter to HRDC General Counsel Lance Weber via email only at: email@example.com. No phone calls please. The cover letter should explain the reasons why you want to work for HRDC.
The position will remain open until filled.
HRDC is an equal opportunity employer. Formerly incarcerated persons are strongly encouraged to apply.
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