The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in August 2007 and works across the South. Our mission is to promote justice by partnering with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities to defend and advance their political, social, and economic rights. SCSJ’s focus areas are community-driven, and currently include voting rights, criminal justice reform, and youth justice, as well as environmental justice and human rights when resources permit. Hosting one of the country’s premier voting rights programs, SCSJ has litigated voting rights and redistricting cases all across the South, in states including North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida and Texas, including two Supreme Court arguments since 2018, and another upcoming later this year. Active in both state and federal court, SCSJ’s voting rights team litigates a broad scope of voting rights cases, including cases brought under state and federal constitutions, the Voting Rights Act, and the National Voter Registration Act. With a commitment to combating voter suppression in all its forms, SCSJ has also represented voters prosecuted for participation in the political process and voters who have been subject to intimidation and defamation. SCSJ also works on proactive electoral reform advocacy projects as well. SCSJ seeks an attorney committed to delivering excellent legal services to communities that frequently lack adequate representation. Our model of practice requires team members who work well with grassroots groups and in collaboration with other civil rights groups, and who have deep passion for and commitment to fighting for inclusive political participation.

For more information about our work and our unique community lawyering approach, visit our website at www.southerncoalition.org.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement: 

SCSJ is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, personal appearance, marital or family status, citizenship, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, natural hair styles, or other status as protected by State and Federal laws. It is our intention to promote the full realization of equality in opportunity and employment. 

Position Summary: 

Gearing up for the 2022 election cycle, a United States Supreme Court case, and unprecedented attacks on the right to vote, SCSJ has an immediate opening for a licensed attorney to serve in a one-year fellowship. The ideal candidate would have trial-level civil litigation and briefing experience. We expect to hire an attorney with one to two years of relevant experience, with strong legal research and writing skills, but would consider a more experienced candidate.

Required qualifications: 

  • Licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction.
  • Trial and appellate-level briefing experience.
  • Ability to be self-reliant, self-directed, and highly efficient; to independently resolve problems; to communicate clearly as part of a team of lawyers and non-lawyers; and to take responsibility for multiple cases at a time.
  • Commitment to social justice principles and to SCSJ’s community-lawyering model of practice.

Counsel responsibilities: 

  • Assuming supportive responsibilities in SCSJ cases, including strategizing the case and its litigation, working with lead counsel in each case to ensure efficient coverage of duties, communicating effectively with SCSJ team and co-counsel about case.
  • Researching and drafting memos, motions and briefs on a variety of voting rights topics.
  • Contributing to the perpetuation of good practice management habits.
  • Representing SCSJ in advocacy and informational communications and meetings with local-level governmental entities, including such as county boards of election.
  • Representing SCSJ in community education events and public speaking engagements that raise the profile of SCSJ and increase awareness of attacks on democratic processes.
  • Occasionally representing SCSJ in attendance at significant voting rights gatherings in order to raise our profile and discuss our work.

Start date:  

August 2022.

Salary & Benefits:  

The VR Legal Fellow salary will range from $55,000 to $75,000 for a one-year term, pay commensurate with experience, and include comprehensive health and retirement benefits.

Location: 

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, SCSJ staff is working remotely and not in the office in Durham, NC, and will continue likely at least through early 2023. Because we anticipate being remote for the bulk of this fellowship, the fellow does not need to relocate or be based in North Carolina for the fellowship.

To Apply: 

Candidates must upload a cover letter and resume to this Box folder. Files should be properly labeled with the candidate’s name.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

SCSJ is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, or disability.

If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance completing the online application, please contact jobs@scsj.org.