Death Penalty Attorney

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) invites applications for an attorney to join its capital litigation team, which represents individuals facing the death penalty at trial, on direct appeal, and in state and federal habeas cases in Alabama and Georgia. 

SCHR is a nonprofit, public interest law firm based in Atlanta that represents people facing the death penalty; brings class action challenges to cruel and inhumane conditions and practices in prisons and jails; and uses litigation, public education, and organizing to effect systemic change in the criminal justice system across the South. For more information about SCHR, see our website at 

The attorney will join the six-member Capital Litigation Unit, consisting of four attorneys and two paralegal/investigators. Responsibilities include: co-counseling cases in all stages of capital litigation; building relationships with clients and their families; tracking the latest developments in criminal law and procedure; working with other capital defense organizations in the region; and occasionally representing SCHR at capital defense panels or events. 

SCHR is seeking applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense, a keen awareness of the class and race issues underlying the criminal justice system, and an ability to establish relationships with people who may be mentally ill, cognitively disabled, and/or severely traumatized. Experience in capital litigation is preferred. The ideal applicant is dynamic and creative, works well on a team, is a confident writer, is excited about travel in Alabama and Georgia, and has a demonstrated track record of grace under pressure. 

Salary is commensurate with experience, within SCHR’s modest, public interest salary range of $40,000 - $70,000. SCHR offers an excellent, 100% premium paid benefits package including medical, dental, vision care, and life insurance. Additional benefits include modest stipends for transportation and wellness, access to a flexible spending account, and childcare assistance (if eligible).

Attorneys at all stages of their career, including rising 3Ls with criminal defense experience, are invited to apply. Minimum three-year commitment required. Driver’s license is required. Start date is negotiable. 


Submit letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references to Sara Totonchi, by email at stotonchi (at) Deadline to apply is Sunday, August 28, 2016. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.  

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The Southern Center for Human Rights is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, which welcomes qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.