The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) is seeking three Staff Attorneys. Each is a full-time position with the ability to work remotely. If the successful applicant is located in or near Denver, there may be opportunities to work in our Denver office. We work in disability justice generally, and have a specific practice in the intersection between disability justice and immigrant justice, for which we anticipate dedicating one of the three Staff Attorney positions. We also work at other intersections of disability justice, including those involving racial justice and prisoners’ rights.
CREEC is a legal nonprofit and membership organization widely recognized for systemic change litigation and for education and support for lawyers, advocates, and individuals. Our mission is to ensure that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
CREEC recognizes the need to go beyond enforcement of civil rights laws and to use an intersectional approach to understand how different systems of oppression affect our clients and communities. We are looking for a Staff Attorney who will continue CREEC’s current disability rights work while helping us develop innovative ways of pursuing disability justice that center the voices and concerns of those most marginalized.
We are looking for Staff Attorneys who will expand CREEC’s capacity to fight for our clients while furthering the goals of the larger disability justice movement in an intersectional way.
Under supervision, the Staff Attorneys will participate in impact litigation, class actions and other systemic and individual advocacy, including:
- Client contact and maintaining client communications,
- Legal research and writing,
- Document management,
- Written discovery and depositions,
- Motion practice,
- Drafting settlement proposals and monitoring compliance with settlement agreements and consent decrees,
- Participating in oral and written advocacy,
- Screening intakes,
- Participating in coalitions, conferences, and educational outreach,
- Working collaboratively to develop new cases and community and client relationships,
- Developing presentations and trainings,
- Overseeing interns and fellows, and
- Overseeing and supervising paralegals, including in the intake and referral process, and helping to develop and refine intake procedures.
- Experience: 1-8 years of legal advocacy experience. We are looking to hire some newer and some more seasoned attorneys.
- Sound professional judgment, excellent critical thinking skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and exceptional time management and organizational skills.
- Ability to effectively work and collaborate remotely with a team, with clients, and with myriad partners and allies.
- Adequate space to work from home while maintaining productivity and confidentiality, and a secure, reliable, and private Internet connection.
For all three openings, the ideal candidate will have:
- Experience litigating in federal court, including in complex civil litigation,
- Knowledge of and a demonstrated commitment to social justice, including immigration and disability rights and justice,
- An orientation toward movement lawyering and client-centered advocacy through an intersectional lens,
- Substantive knowledge of disability rights law,
- Commitment to continued learning and cultural humility,
- Enthusiasm about working collaboratively with CREEC’s staff across all areas and activities, and
- Openness to performing related tasks consistent with skills and abilities and general responsibilities as may be assigned by the program director.
- Fluency in Spanish and/or ASL a strong plus.
Additional Preferred Experience Relevant to the Immigration / Disability Docket:
- Experience with advocacy under the Freedom of Information Act and/or the Federal Tort Claims Act,
- Experience with advocacy through complaints to the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Salary & Benefits
Salary $65,000.00–$90,000.00 depending on experience and location/cost of living, commensurate with CREEC’s internal salary scale.
Benefits include a healthcare plan, a SIMPLE retirement plan to which CREEC contributes, three weeks of paid leave, workers’ compensation insurance, payment of dues for relevant organizations, payment of bar dues, continuing legal education, and malpractice insurance. CREEC prioritizes staff wellbeing and quality of life and continues to look for ways to support staff through flexibility in our policies. For example, we offer extra leave time off during the summer and are closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Each benefit is subject to eligibility requirements as specified in plan documents, and CREEC reserves the right to modify the benefits it offers from time to time.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume, writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), and cover letter to email@example.com. Your cover letter should specify whether you are interested in immigration-specific work and otherwise explain why you would be ideal for a Staff Attorney position in light of the description above. Please include “Staff Attorney [Your Last Name]” in the subject line.
We are accepting applications until December 15, 2022 or until the positions are filled.
CREEC is an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and promotes an inclusive culture. CREEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. We encourage candidates who hold marginalized identities to apply.