Staff Attorney

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3326 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.
Bldg. D, Suite 201
Durham, NC 27707
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Street address: 
3326 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Bldg. D, Suite 201
North Carolina
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL),, in Durham, North Carolina seeks to hire a new staff attorney to support its mission.
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. In addition to representing clients, CDPL spearheads litigation and public education campaigns that address systemic injustices. Our team of attorneys, mitigation investigators, paralegals, and public education specialists has been a key force in changing public opinion and stopping executions.
CDPL is committed to exposing and challenging the racism inherent in the death penalty and to building an organizational culture of racial equity. CDPL staff are encouraged to participate in cross-disciplinary projects that further our goals of ending the death penalty and promoting racial equity. CDPL is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities. We seek attorneys with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Our racial equity statement can be found at
CDPL strives to cultivate an open, collegial, and collaborative working environment with an emphasis on learning and mentoring. While we are passionate about our work, we also believe in work-life balance and offer a 37.5-hour work week and flexible schedules. We also offer generous paid holidays and sick time, among other benefits.


CDPL seeks to hire an attorney with at least two to five years of relevant experience to work on trial, appellate and post-conviction cases. Relevant experience may include law school clinics, internships and externships.
In addition to these qualifications, ideal candidates 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, including 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 January 15, 2024, detailing interest, as well as a resume, the contact information for two professional references, and a writing sample of approximately 10 pages to [email protected]. For additional information about this posting, please contact Barrie Wallace at [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Commensurate with experience
Submission deadline: 
Monday, January 15, 2024