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Civil Team Staff Attorney

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc., located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is seeking an attorney to help protect the constitutional and other civil rights of people incarcerated in state prisons.

 

NCPLS is a nonprofit, public interest law firm founded in 1978 that provides free legal services to incarcerated people. The Civil Team is dedicated to improving incarcerated people’s  conditions of confinement through litigation and advocacy across a range of issues, including inadequate medical care, excessive use of force, failure to protect incarcerated people from harm, and sexual assault.

 

The Civil Staff Attorney will play a leading role in the litigation of individual claims on behalf of incarcerated people, from fact-gathering and initial case research through discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations, and trial. In addition, the attorney will assist clients that have filed pro se federal civil rights claims with discrete phases of their litigation, including discovery and mediation. The attorney will also respond to client intake letters to advise incarcerated people about how they can navigate prison procedures and the law to improve their conditions of confinement.

 

Job Requirements:

  • Admission to the North Carolina Bar or admission to the bar of another state and agreement to become admitted to the North Carolina Bar within six months of hire;

  • Experience or interest in correctional or civil rights issues;

  • Ability to engage in complex legal analysis, research, and fact finding;

  • Ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively;

  • Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment;

  • Strong attention to detail;

  • Project management and organizational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;

  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, exercise sound judgment, take initiative, and manage a caseload; and

  • Ability to interact cooperatively, professionally, and effectively with coworkers, clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and jail/prison staff.

Salary is dependent on experience; excellent benefits, including generous annual leave, mileage reimbursement, retirement benefits and 100% employer paid medical, dental & vision coverage as well as life insurance for the employee.

 

NCPLS is an equal opportunity employer. NCPLS values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. NCPLS encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability and veteran status. People who have had prior contact or experience with the criminal justice system or prison systems are encouraged to apply.

 

How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume, list of three references and legal writing sample to hrdirector@ncpls.org

Post-Conviction Staff Attorney

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services in Raleigh seeks a motivated attorney to champion the constitutional rights of people incarcerated in North Carolina.  Our post-conviction team evaluates claims of prisoners who pled guilty or were convicted at trial and lost their initial appeals for offenses ranging from DWIs to first-degree murder, and litigate the cases where we can make a difference.  PLS attorneys have been successful in reducing prison sentences, securing new trials for our clients, and exonerating the innocent. 

The ideal applicant will demonstrate excellent analytical skills and have a substantial interest in advocacy for indigent clients. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills,  be detail-oriented, write well, and be able to relate to people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The successful applicant must hold a North Carolina law license prior to beginning work.

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage; employer funded 403(b) retirement plan; and generous leave. The salary is dependent on experience. 

NCPLS is an equal opportunity employer. NCPLS values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. NCPLS encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability and veteran status.

 

Please email cover letter, resume, and references to hrdirector@ncpls.org. Please explain in your cover letter why you are interested in working for incarcerated individuals. 

Paralegal

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc., located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is seeking a Paralegal to help protect the Constitutional and other civil rights of people incarcerated in state prisons.

 

NCPLS is a nonprofit, public interest law firm founded in 1978 that provides free legal services to incarcerated people. The Civil Team is dedicated to improving incarcerated people’s conditions of confinement through litigation and advocacy across a range of issues, including inadequate medical care, excessive use of force, failure to protect incarcerated people from harm, and sexual assault.

 

The Paralegal's job duties will be varied, but will include the following: (i) working closely with our five attorneys to support the team's ongoing civil rights litigation and advocacy efforts; (ii) analyzing and responding to letters from people incarcerated across the state to help animate their Constitutional right of access to the courts; (iii) tracking client complaints to help the team strategically address concerning trends in state prisons; (iv) speaking with clients' loved ones to disseminate practical advice about navigating the prison system and improving conditions of confinement; and (v) collaborating with our attorneys to develop resources that provide guidance on new issues affecting incarcerated people.

 

The ideal applicant would have 0-5 years of experience and demonstrate excellent analytical skills and a substantial, lasting interest in advocacy for indigent clients. Full benefits, generous leave, and salary DOE.

 

NCPLS is an equal opportunity employer. NCPLS values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. NCPLS encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability and veteran status.

Please email cover letter, resume, and references to hrdirector@ncpls.org. Please explain in your cover letter why you are interested in working for incarcerated individuals.