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Criminal Justice Reform Litigation Attorney

April 19, 2022 Job Listing

Criminal Justice Reform Litigation Attorney
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Based in San Francisco, CA
Exempt, Full-time position

The Opportunity

Advancing Justice-ALC seeks a staff attorney to build out ALC’s unique model of litigating impact cases driven by community needs. The Litigation Attorney will be based in the Criminal Justice Reform program but will also be supervised by and work closely with the Litigation Director to provide support to other ALC programs and other Advancing Justice affiliates on litigation efforts related to CJR’s work. The attorney will provide legal services to address the needs of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and other immigrant communities and communities of color with regards to injustices in the criminal legal system. The attorney will also participate in impact litigation cases to address the disparate impacts of policing and mass incarceration. Experience with racial targeting by policy, corrections’ collaboration with ICE, and knowledge of federal and state protections against such abuses preferred.

The Organization

As the nation's first legal organization focusing on the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (ALC) is a leader in defending the interests of low-income immigrants. Since 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC has litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Workers’ Rights, Immigrant Rights, Housing Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, and Voting Rights. A growing staff of 46 provides strong collegial support and opportunities to learn about and collaborate with other program areas. Advancing Justice - ALC is a founding member of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation with partners in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.

Advancing Justice – ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. Our location in Chinatown is the first mixed-use, affordable housing co-op in San Francisco, serving as a model for preserving affordable housing in the city and protecting tenants’ rights.


Day-to-day activities vary in this multifaceted role. They include the following:

  • Develop and litigate civil rights criminal justice cases, including legal research, drafting briefs, arguing motions, and working with co-counsel.
  • Work with the Criminal Justice Reform program and litigation team to identify opportunities for litigation.
  • Work collaboratively with other ALC programs and community organizations.
  • Supervise law clerks and legal support staff, as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years legal services or litigation experience, ideally with familiarity in practicing in a non-profit context and on criminal justice issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of low-income, API, other people of color, and/or immigrant communities.
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of mission-driven lawyers and staff with a range of substantive law knowledge, experience and expertise.
  • Highly motivated and self-starting.
  • J.D. degree with membership in good standing with a State Bar (California preferred).
  • Experience supervising non-legal staff.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, exempt position. The starting salary range for this position is $70,000-$74,263; salary is based on experience and principles of internal equity. Terms of this position may be governed by a union contract. Advancing Justice-ALC offers a generous benefits package that includes full individual health, dental, and vision plan coverage, life insurance, and a 401k plan.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample (no more than 10 pages, excerpts of larger documents acceptable)
  4. Three professional references

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Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.