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managing civil attorney

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc. seeks a Managing Civil Attorney. NCPLS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit law firm that provides people incarcerated by the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction with constitutionally required meaningful access to the courts.

 

The Managing Civil Attorney has responsibility for managing the Civil Team’s day-to-day operations. This will include delegating the workload of staff, directing the training of the team, and carrying their own reduced caseload. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and assists said director in ensuring the staff maintains the highest standards of professional excellence in carrying out the mission of the organization. The Managing Civil Attorney is a member of the Management Team, working to set policy and procedure for the organization.


The civil practice focuses on advocacy and litigation on behalf of people incarcerated in NC state prisons. This work includes addressing conditions of confinement, excessive use of force in prisons, and failure to protect incarcerated people from harm.

 

We are seeking someone with 5+ years of experience. The perfect candidate for this role will have experience in litigating civil rights in the courtroom as well as with managing other attorneys, paralegals, and staff. We are looking for someone with a specific vision and ideas on how to ensure that incarcerated people are safe, protected, and treated humanely. We want a person who will think creatively about how to achieve these goals, be relentless in pursuit of them, and is willing to work with trusted partners. The ideal applicant would demonstrate excellent writing and analysis skills as well as a substantial and lasting interest in advocacy for marginalized people.

 

The successful applicant must hold a North Carolina law license. Salary is $71,000+ and is dependent on experience; excellent benefits, including generous annual leave, mileage reimbursement, medical, dental, and vision coverage, and retirement benefits.

 

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.

 

Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. NCPLS is dedicated to prioritizing diversity and inclusion, and encourages you to apply if you are enthusiastic about the opportunity but your experiences don't perfectly align. You may be the right candidate for this or other available roles.

 

How to Apply: Send cover letter, resume, references and writing sample via email 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 $50,000+ depending 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.

Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. NCPLS is dedicated to prioritizing diversity and inclusion, and encourages you to apply if you are enthusiastic about the opportunity but your experiences don't perfectly align. You may be the right candidate for this or other available roles.

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

 

Post-Conviction paralegal

 

North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services in Raleigh seeks a motivated, energetic paralegal 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. 

The paralegal's job duties will be varied, but will include the following: (i) reading, analyzing and responding to incoming letters regarding post-conviction matters from people incarcerated across the state (ii) assist in responding to incoming emails (iii) drafting correspondence (iv) reviewing case-related letters and court documents (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 reading, writing and analytical skills as well as a substantial, lasting interest in advocacy for indigent clients. Full benefits and generous leave. Salary is $40,000+ depending 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.

 

Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. NCPLS is dedicated to prioritizing diversity and inclusion, and encourages you to apply if you are enthusiastic about the opportunity but your experiences don't perfectly align. You may be the right candidate for this or other available roles.

 

Please email cover letter, resume, and references to hrdirector@ncpls.org

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