November 6, 2018

Appellate Attorney

The MacArthur Justice Center (MJC) is accepting applications for an appellate staff attorney position in its Washington, D.C. office. MJC is a public interest law firm that litigates high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country. Working in collaboration with four other MJC offices, the Washington D.C. office is part of the firm’s Appellate Project, which seeks to advance criminal and racial justice through litigation before federal and state courts of appeal and the Supreme Court of the United States. For more information about MJC and its past work, click here.

Role & Responsibilities:
MJC is looking for an attorney who is passionate about both criminal justice issues and appellate work. The successful candidate will work on appeals that concern a broad array of issues, including prisoner and detainee rights, police misconduct, constitutional rights of accused persons, and religious discrimination at the border. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Participating in litigation of matters within the docket of MJC’s Appellate Project, including strategic decision-making for appeals and petitions for certiorari; conducting research, writing, and editing for appellate briefs; and preparation for oral arguments;
  • Assuming primary responsibility for researching, drafting, and presenting oral argument before the court in some assigned appeals;
  • Tracking the development of important criminal justice issues in lower courts and make recommendations as to new appellate matters for the Appellate Project;
  • Supervising law students, including those involved in the Washington, D.C. office’s independent clinical program with Harvard Law School;
  • Assisting with matters being litigated by MJC attorneys more broadly (including some non-appellate litigation);
  • Professional consultation with clients;
  • Traveling as required for litigation and client consultation;
  • A commitment to working collaboratively.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills;
  • Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure;
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to follow-through on assignments independently, to manage several projects at once, and to be flexible in the event of changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Experience as lead counsel on and in arguing appeals is a plus;
  • Familiarity with criminal justice issues, such as prisoners’ rights issues, criminal procedure, and habeas corpus;
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment;
  • J.D. degree and at least 1-3 years’ experience. Individuals with one or more years of experience in a federal clerkship are encouraged to apply;
  • Admission to the District of Columbia Bar, or willingness to obtain admission within one year of hiring.

Location: Washington, D.C.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by e-mail to

The MacArthur Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.