Staff Attorney, Justice Project


Advancement Project seeks an experienced, committed and creative Staff Attorney in its Washington D.C. office to lead our new Justice Project.

Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social justice movements and achieve high impact policy change. This position is in our national office in Washington,DC.

We support grassroots racial justice movements providing law, organizing and communications support to eliminate structural racism. We change the national discourse on race to provide opportunities for breakthroughs on racism. We aim to inspire and strengthen movements that expand opportunity for all.

The Attorney will join a dedicated team of professionals from multiple disciplines working to transform policing and the criminal justice system including supporting organizations within the Movement for Black Lives and other local efforts to eliminate mass incarceration and its impact in communities of color. Advancement Project has provided rapid response support to grassroots groups after many of the police killings of Black people in the US and policy support to groups working to end over- policing and over-criminalization. This project will seek to work with Black, Brown and Muslim grassroots organizations/networks and support solidarity efforts among them to reimagine safety and justice.

The Staff Attorney will support grassroots groups, coalitions and networks with strategic, legal and policy support and will collaborate with Advancement Project’s communications and organizing staff in these efforts. The attorney will also be responsible for acquiring deep expertise in policing and criminal justice policy and serving as an expert in the field.


Candidate must have:

  • State bar membership (must be member of or able to waive into DC Bar);
  • Two to five years legal experience in the criminal justice field;
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice;
  • Excellent written, verbal, analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
  • Interest in working with grassroots organizations;
  • Willingness to travel;
  • Willingness to work in other program areas, as needed.

Fluency in Spanish, organizing experience, litigation experience, and coalition- building experiences are pluses.

Salary is based on experience; benefits included.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and a list of three references (including a grassroots organization) to the attention of Glendale Clarkson, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Reference “Staff Attorney - Justice Project” in the subject line.