Advancement Project: Senior Attorney (Washington, DC)


Advancement Project seeks an experienced civil rights litigator, strong advocate, and creative problem solver in its Washington D.C. office to join our Voter Protection Program as a temporary Senior Attorney for the 2012 election cycle.

About Advancement Project:

Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. We tackle inequity with innovative strategies and strong community alliances. With a national office in Washington, D.C. and two offices in California, we combine law, communications, policy, and technology to create workable solutions in order to achieve systemic change. Advancement Project aims to inspire and strengthen movements that expand opportunity and democratic justice for all.

Advancement Project’s Voter Protection Program, recognized nationally as a leading program in voting rights, partners with local and national groups to eliminate legal and structural barriers to voting at the federal, state, and county levels in minority and low-income communities in select states and counties. In collaboration with over two hundred local and national racial justice, progressive, voter registration, and civic engagement partners, the program continuously expands its broad, community-based network to include additional racially diverse coalitions in its priority states. In 2012, the Program anticipates operating in ten to twelve states, including Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Nevada.

The Senior Attorney’s Role:

  • Lead the effort in one or more states to identify and eliminate “structural disenfranchisement” in communities of color;
  • Cultivate and manage strategic multiracial, multicultural relationships, coalitions, and partnerships to build power in communities of color;
  • Support our partners by advocating with state and local election officials to remove barriers to voting;
  • Draft and disseminate “community-friendly” documents about voter protection issues;
  • Offer strategic communications and advocacy assistance to partners and work with the Communications Department to execute communications strategies;
  • Where necessary, litigate voting rights lawsuits to challenge state laws, practices, or procedures that disenfranchise voters of color.


  • A minimum of seven years post J.D. experience with at least four years of substantial litigation experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice;
  • Excellent written, verbal, analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
  • Interest in working with grassroots organizations;
  • Willingness to travel;
  • Willingness to work in other program areas, as needed;
  • Licensed to practice in DC or eligible to waive into the DC bar.
  • Fluency in Spanish, organizing experience, and coalition-building experiences are pluses.

Salary based on experience; benefits included. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and a list of three references to the attention of Glendale Clarkson, at Reference “VPP Senior Attorney” in the subject line.

Application deadline: Applications accepted until position filled.