Abolitionist Law Center – Now Hiring for Attorney Position

UPDATE: The position has been filled.

The Abolitionist Law Center (www.abolitionistlawcenter.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the abolition of mass incarceration, prisons, and the system that creates them, is hiring a full-time attorney to work on our Solitary Confinement Docket.

ALC has successfully litigated the release of Russell Maroon Shoatz and Arthur Cetewayo Johnson from 22 and 36 years of solitary confinement. We have another case challenging the solitary confinement of Brandon Palakovic that led to his suicide, in front of the Third Circuit right now. We are actively preparing additional cases and will be expanding our efforts to restrict and ultimately abolish this form of state torture.

Read about our Solitary Confinement Docket here.

Applicants should be ready to aggressively challenge this system, vigorously defend the rights and lives of the children, women, and men subjected to the worst violence of the prison system, and provide the highest quality of legal representation and passionate advocacy. We want fighters who are not afraid of the government and are prepared to rumble all day everyday.

The job is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Abolitionist Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with prior criminal convictions are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: We will accept applications on a rolling basis, until the position has been filled.

Required Qualifications:

– Licensed attorney

– Commitment to the mission and principles of the Abolitionist Law Center

– Willingness to live in Pittsburgh

– Strong recommendations

Desired Qualifications:

– Experience in litigating jail or prison conditions cases

– 2 years or more of litigation experience

– Activist or organizing experience

– Familiarity with the concept of movement lawyering and how attorneys can serve and further the interests of peoples’ movements for liberation

Applicants should submit:

• Resume

• Cover letter explaining why you want to work with the Abolitionist Law Center and why you are qualified (no more than two (2) pages)

• 3 professional references

Send application materials to: info@abolitionistlawcenter.org

Keep ALC in the Fight to End Mass Incarceration!

alc_donate_header_mergedAbolitionist Law Center, our clients, and our supporters have made important strides in overturning laws aimed at silencing prisoners’ voices, in challenging long-term solitary confinement, and in pushing for life-saving treatment for hepatitis C+ prisoners. None of this would have been possible without the support of our donors, and so much more is possible with increased support. Please donate so we can keep fighting to abolish mass incarceration.
Our recent victories were more than just precedents and press. They contributed to the growing momentum of the Movement to End Mass Incarceration. Maroon’s public statement on the Settlement won in his case puts it best:

Maroon and Bret“Since joining the struggle for Human Rights in the mid 1960s, I have always chosen to fight! Frederick Douglass was right when he said ‘Power concedes nothing without a demand.’ So have no doubt that I see this Settlement as anything but the latest blow struck, and you rest assured that I will continue in the struggle for Human Rights. Straight Ahead!”

We plan on being right there beside Maroon in the struggle for Human Rights, and with your support we will continue to push “Straight Ahead!” But we need your help to do that, so please show your commitment to our work – and to abolition – by contributing today.



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This case against Allegheny County Jail officials and Corizon for starving a prisoner nearly to death, causing him to have a heart attack at the age of 28, reveals how decisions to cut costs in medical care of the incarcerated can have potentially lethal consequences.






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Mumia Abu-JamalIn this case, suing the DOC to get Mumia Abu-Jamal life-saving treatment for his hepatitis C infection, the judge has already ruled that the DOC’s hepatitis C protocol is unconstitutional, though he has not yet granted the injunction ordering treatment for our client. We have several motions pending that can be ruled on any day in this groundbreaking case seeking to establish a right to a cure for incarcerated patients with chronic hepatitis C.





Expanding litigation to win hepatitis C treatment for many prisoners by training a network of pro bono attorneys and connecting them with prisoner-plaintiffs.


Continuing to bring cases challenging and seeking to abolish the practice if keeping prisoners in long-term solitary confinement.


Increasing support to the movement to end Life Without Parole (LWOP), representing juvenile lifers during their re-sentencing and bringing cases on behalf of clients who were 18-years-old at the time of the offense giving rise to their mandatory LWOP sentence, arguing for reversal of their sentences.

Transforming this system and rolling back the mass incarceration state requires building mass popular movements. And people’s movements need movement lawyers. Please consider making a donation to our efforts today.