The Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School (CJPP) is hiring a Staff Attorney to support its research and policy advocacy challenging the ways criminal legal systems increase and exacerbate inequality. The Staff Attorney will conduct research about and advocate against the disproportionate and unjust use of criminal fees and fines to raise revenue.
The staff attorney will work closely with the program's Executive Director, Policy Director, Senior Staff Attorney and faculty.
The Staff Attorney will work with academic researchers, advocates, and policymakers around the country to pursue judicial and legislative change by advising state and local governments, building and coordinating with coalitions, and researching and writing policy analysis. Projects include advising state governments about rule and legislative changes and implementing reforms, and analyzing the viability of graduated fines in the United States.
The Staff Attorney will also help CJPP serve as a resource to the field by conducting original research to chart the course of reform. The Staff Attorney will research graduated fines, supervision consequences of fees and fines, and more. The Staff Attorney will draft reports, public education materials, and other policy tools.
Along with the Executive Director and Policy Director, the staff attorney will supervise the work of law students who contribute to the program's policy initiatives.
The Criminal Justice Policy Program is a policy research and advocacy center that works to advance criminal justice reform around the country. In addition to publishing reports and other materials, the program works in partnership with government agencies to pilot and implement policy changes. It also convenes diverse stakeholders to diagnose problems and chart concrete reforms. More information about CJPP is available at cjpp.law.harvard.edu.
The key components of the position are:
Developing subject matter expertise in the issues surrounding criminal justice debt.
Policy advocacy, including legal and policy research and writing, report-drafting, advising governments, and otherwise pursuing legal and policy reform.
Developing creative collaborations with academic researchers, lawmakers, policy advocates, and litigators.
Acting as a spokesperson on the issue in numerous settings, including conferences and media appearances.
Collaborating with, and occasionally supervising, law fellows and students contributing to the initiative's work.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, academic transcripts, and two references.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to January 2020, with the possibility of extension subject to funding and departmental need.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates must have a J.D. and admission (or pending) to the bar.
1-3 years of related experience preferred. Excellent research and writing skills are required. Demonstrated commitment to criminal justice reform is strongly encouraged.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48857BR
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