Staff Attorney

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Job location
123 W. Main Street
Suite 700
Durham, NC 27701
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
The Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Street address: 
123 W. Main Street, Suite 700
North Carolina
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

CDPL is a non-profit law firm and advocacy organization that works to provide the highest quality representation to people facing execution, and to end the death penalty in North Carolina. CDPL’s commitment to representing indigent and disadvantaged defendants just as vigorously as corporate lawyers defend their highest-paying clients, and training other capital attorneys across the state to do the same, has saved the lives of many who faced execution. In addition to representing individual clients, CDPL spearheads litigation and public education campaigns that address systemic injustices and cast light on the arbitrariness and unfairness of our state’s capital punishment system. Over the past decade, CDPL has been a leading force in stopping executions in North Carolina.

Our team of attorneys, mitigation investigators, paralegals, and public education specialists works to identify strategic opportunities to change public opinion and reduce the use of the death penalty. Our office also has a strong commitment to racial equity, and works both internally and externally to combat systemic racism. In addition to handling individual cases, attorneys are encouraged to participate in cross-disciplinary projects that further our goals of ending the death penalty and promoting racial equity.

CDPL is committed to diversity and racial equity and is an equal opportunity employer.


CDPL is looking to hire a junior staff attorney and will consider all applications from applicants with relevant experience. The ideal candidate will have:
• A commitment to ending the death penalty and addressing systemic unfairness
• Strong oral and written communications skills
• An understanding of issues common in capital cases, such as mental illness, poverty, racism and substance abuse
• An interest in advocacy and public education, in addition to direct representation of clients

To apply: 

Applicants should send a cover letter by November 13, 2017 detailing interest, as well as a resume, the names of two professional references, and a writing sample of approximately 10 pages to Ms. Barrie Wallace at [email protected] or to her attention at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, 123 West Main Street, Suite 700, Durham, N.C. 27701. For additional information, please contact Barrie Wallace at [email protected].

CDPL is committed to diversity and racial equity and is an equal opportunity employer.
Salary range: 
Commensurate with experience.
Submission deadline: 
Monday, November 13, 2017