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Attorney Position Open at Phillips Black

The Phillips Black Project, a nonprofit, public interest law practice, seeks applicants for an Associate Attorney staff position. It is anticipated that the associate will be based in its San Francisco Office. Phillips Black is committed to providing the highest quality representation to individuals facing the severest penalties under law, litigating breakdowns in the capital post-conviction process, and leading strategic litigation to safeguard the integrity of the criminal justice system. From primary offices in San Francisco, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and New York, Phillips Black attorneys represent inmates across the United States at all stages of litigation. In addition, our principal attorneys conduct clinical education and training with law schools nationwide and carry out research and publishing on the administration of criminal justice.

Under supervision of a principal attorney and in collaboration with case teams, the associate will work on post-conviction litigation in several states attacking death sentences and sentences of life without parole imposed on juveniles.  The position requires substantial travel.


  1. At least two years of relevant attorney experience, preferably in capital post-conviction litigation

  2. Excellent research and writing skills

  3. Substantial experience conducting case investigations, including witness interviews

  4. Extensive experience in case management responsibilities

  5. Spanish language fluency preferred


The salary will be based on the attorney’s experience. Salary and benefits are highly competitive with similar providers of indigent defense.


Please send any inquiries or simply submit your (a) resume, (b) cover letter, (c) ten-page writing sample, and (d) three references to:

For earliest consideration, submit your application by December 2, 2016.


Phillips Black is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants for any position with the organization. Each staffing decision is made on a non-discriminatory basis and with a commitment to attracting diverse candidates with respect to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy or maternity, veteran or governmental service status, and any other status protected by federal, state or local law.


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