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Job Details

Senior Counsel

Company name
Buried Alive Project

3 yrs required

Dallas, TX, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Jul 20, 2021


Senior Counsel 


About Us

The Buried Alive Project is a non-profit criminal justice organization that works to free people serving unjust sentences handed down under draconian federal drug laws. We feel progressive lawyering is the cornerstone of modern day activism. Our impact in working in this very niche area literally saves lives of people who were set to never be free again. With every freedom we secure, we are pushing forward a movement of power, dignity, and human potential that our country has been locking away for decades.


Learn more about our mission and work at


About the Position

The Buried Alive Project is seeking Senior Counsel to join our team. The attorney will provide full scale, post-conviction legal representation to clients serving unjust sentences for various federal drug offenses. The attorney will advocate for our clients’ freedom and help catalyze impactful change.


Job duties will include:

  • Pre-litigation analysis and advocacy, including evaluating and screening cases for potential post-conviction sentencing relief  
  • Litigate on behalf of clients in federal court including preparing sentence reduction pleadings, motions, and briefs
  • Train and supervise pro bono attorneys and law students to improve access to justice
  • Participate in public education on federal drug law sentencing issues  in the form of speaking engagements and published writings

Experience & Qualifications

The ideal applicant is passionate about transforming our nation’s criminal justice system. Specific qualifications we are looking for include:


  • J.D. and admitted to practice law in a U.S. state and at least one federal district court.
  • Minimum 3 years of federal criminal defense experience. Must have experience with federal drug cases.
  • Excellent writing and legal research skills and ability to engage in complex legal analysis, and develop and implement strategic litigation as part of a creative response to the First Step Act and any other change in the law or sentencing guidelines.
  • Highly motivated and hard working with proven ability to take initiative, establish priorities, work independently and in a collaborative environment, and proceed with objectives with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent public speaking and communication skills.
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with colleges, pro bono law firms and corporate legal departments, and social justice organizations.
  • Innovative thinking, a strong work ethic, and deep commitment to transforming the criminal legal system are essential.

Job Location

Remote position.


Are you ready to help us unlock people and potential?

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample (writing sample must be related to a federal drug case 5-10 pages) to Please include “Attorney Application” in the subject line. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applicants are also asked to provide their earliest available start date. Prospective candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Company info

Buried Alive Project

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