Attorney – VA Institutionalized Persons Proj.

August 12, 2010

The Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a creative and highly motivated attorney to advocate for institutionalized persons in Virginia.  The attorney will litigate issues involving prisoners and other institutionalized persons, screen and place individual cases with private civil rights attorneys, and lead alliances with other Virginia groups working on institutional conditions.  The attorney will both handle cases independently and serve as co-counsel with experienced pro bono, civil rights attorneys around the state.  The attorney will also strengthen our alliances with state and national groups that address conditions in prisons, jails and mental health institutions.  Working under the direction of the Legal Aid Justice Center’s experienced legal staff, the attorney will operate in a positive learning environment while exercising discretion and using creativity to accomplish the goals of the project.  Some travel is required.

Competitive candidates will have at least five years of practice experience handling cases in federal court, preferably including class actions. Membership in the Virginia State Bar or eligibility for reciprocal admission is strongly preferred.  The attorney will help supervise the Mental Health Law Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law; experience with law school clinics and mental health law is therefore a plus.  Because clients often write about their criminal cases, experience in criminal law is also plus.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample and references via e-mail, followed by hard copy, to:

Alex R. Gulotta, Executive Director
Legal Aid Justice Center
1000 Preston Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia  22903

The Legal Aid Justice Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBT individuals to apply.  For more information, please visit our website at


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