Senior Education Attorney

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty is seeking an experienced attorney to carry out litigation, policy advocacy and outreach to transform the public education system.

We seek a dynamic and creative attorney to work with educational leaders throughout New Mexico on major policy reforms and to bring the state into compliance with the landmark Yazzie/Martinez court decision. In July 2018, families and school districts represented by the Center on Law and Poverty and co-counsel won a historic court ruling that the public education system is insufficient and violates the constitutional rights of students.

The case centers on students who are Native American, English language learner, low-income and special needs students, and the ruling mandates changes to the entire education system — from ensuring quality Pre-K, multicultural and bilingual education, teacher recruitment, adequate curriculum and classroom materials, health and social services, to sufficient funding.

This position will have a central role in ongoing litigation of the Yazzie case, advancing policy advocacy and coalition efforts to transform education, and investigating and litigating new issues related to public education. This attorney will manage and coordinate with legal staff, interns and contractors. Learn more about our education work at: www.nmpovertylaw.org/our-work/education/.

The Center is a nationally recognized non-profit law firm that engages in systemic advocacy and impact litigation to advance the health, economic and educational wellbeing of New Mexico’s families. We partner with our communities to provide advocacy through the courts, the legislature and administrative agencies, and through outreach, education and media. To learn more about the Center, please visit our website at www.nmpovertylaw.org.

Required: minimum seven years as an attorney; strong leadership and strategic thinking skills; passionate about education policy, racial justice and community lawyering; excellent litigator, writer and researcher; ability to manage complex projects; ‘no-stone-unturned’ thoroughness and persistence.  Preferred: Indigenous language or Spanish speaker, experience with lobbying, coalition-building and media.

Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and cover letter to contact@nmpovertylaw.org. We are an equal opportunity employer. Native American and other people of color and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.