December 3, 2019

Staff Attorney (Supreme Court & Appellate Program)

The MacArthur Justice Center’s (MJC) Supreme Court & Appellate Program is accepting applications for a 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. MJC’s Supreme Court & Appellate Program fights for civil rights and criminal justice in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state supreme courts across the country. The attorneys in the Program have achieved major victories on a wide array of issues, including police misconduct, criminal procedure and sentencing, prison and jail conditions, solitary confinement, wrongful death and wrongful convictions, and habeas corpus. For more information about MJC and its past work, click here, and for more information about the Supreme Court & Appellate Program, click here.


Role & Responsibilities:

MJC is looking for an attorney passionate about criminal justice issues and appellate work. The successful candidate will work on appeals concerning a broad array of issues, including civil rights abuses arising from police misconduct, the rights of prisoners and detainees, and the constitutional rights of accused people. This includes principal responsibility for briefing and arguing appeals, as well as collaboration on appeals being litigated by other MJC attorneys and/or co-counsel. Specific responsibilities include:


  • Litigating appeals on the Supreme Court & Appellate Program’s docket, including strategic decision-making; researching, writing, and editing appellate briefs; and presenting or assisting with the preparation for oral arguments;
  • Developing and applying further expertise in criminal justice issues emerging in lower courts, tracking those issues and making recommendations as to new appellate matters for the Supreme Court & Appellate Program;
  • Helping to teach and supervise students who participate in Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Appellate Clinic;
  • Managing relationships with clients and co-counsel;
  • Traveling as required for court appearances and meeting with clients.


Experience and Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree and at least one year of experience. Individuals who have more experience and who have completed federal clerkship(s) are highly encouraged to apply;
  • Experience litigating before the U.S. Supreme Court or federal appeals courts;
  • Familiarity with criminal justice issues, such as criminal procedure, § 1983 litigation, and habeas corpus;
  • Exceptional research, writing, and editing skills;
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment.
  • 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;
  • Admission to the D.C. Bar, or willingness to obtain admission within one year of hiring.


Location: Washington, D.C.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and 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.