Education Attorney

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

Posted: 2/11/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Legal

Primary domain: Advocacy/Social Action

City: Albuquerque

Postal code: 87102

State: New Mexico

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M


Mission statement:

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 community outreach and education. To learn more about the Center, please visit our website at

Position Details:

Job Description:

We seek a dynamic and creative attorney to work with educational leaders throughout New Mexico on major policy reforms and litigation related to education, including 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 Native American, English language learner, and low-income students and students with disabilities. The ruling mandates comprehensive programmatic and funding reforms. This position will work with our legal team on ongoing litigation of the Yazzie case, advance legislative efforts, conduct administrative advocacy with agencies, and investigate and litigate new issues related to public education. Learn more about our education work at: 


Required: 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.


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. We are an equal opportunity employer. Native Americans, other people of color, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


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