Position:  Staff Attorney-Criminal Defense Practice (Entry-Level)
Location:  Tulsa, OK
Job Id:  119
# of Openings:  1

Still She Rises, Inc. (SSR) provides free legal representation to pregnant women, women with children, or women who are child caregivers and have been brought into the criminal, child welfare, and housing legal systems. Still She Rises seeks to employ highly motivated individuals with a commitment to indigent defense. Founded in North Tulsa, Still She Rises offers client-centered, innovative, and holistic legal representation. We honor the dignity of the women we serve by championing our clients’ individual goals while also targeting systemic issues impacting the larger community.

The Criminal Defense Practice Attorney embodies how we approach this work in the following aspects:

Client-Centered Direct Representation of Clients
  • Ability to represent clients against any and all criminal allegations in both Tulsa County and City of Tulsa court system.
  • Conducting client intake in jail, or in the office when feasible, within 24 hours from initial arrest or phone call
  • Center decision-making on all matters to clients
  • Litigate, advocate, and negotiate with client’s goals in mind
  • Effectively counsel clients on all possible legal outcomes and their options

Holistic & Collaborative Representation
  • Collaborate with other members of a client’s defense team, including advocates and investigators to develop and implement a comprehensive legal strategy
  • Collaborate with other attorneys on representation of a mutual client in multiple venues, including coordinating legal strategies, co-counseling appearances/hearings.
  • Develop and elevate the standard of practice through innovative motions, arguments, and strategies
  • Commit to ongoing training and development of skills in order to provide excellent and zealous representation to our clients
To be eligible, applicants must have:
  • J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school
  • Membership in good standing to the Oklahoma bar or eligibility for admission to the Oklahoma Bar within six months of hire
  • Ability to drive and/or transport themselves and their work files to court, jail, and any other place where their physical presence is required.

Applicants must demonstrate:
  • Willingness to develop knowledge and expertise in criminal law
  • Ability to litigate and confidently engage in skillful negotiations with judges, prosecutors, and other actors within the systems our clients navigate
  • Excellent research, writing and courtroom advocacy skills
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams
  • A commitment to defending individuals in the North Tulsa community through jury trial and/or disposition
  • Experience and interest in working in and with racially and socioeconomically oppressed communities
  • Ability to think critically and quickly on their feet
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Applicants, if hired, must:
Sit for the Oklahoma State Bar Examination or submit the appropriate materials necessary for waiver

Compensation: $70,000 annually + medical, dental, vison, life, FSA, and 401K with 3% employer contribution

To apply, please go to Stillsherises.org, click the Careers tab, and combine cover letter and resume in one pdf document, and upload when prompted for resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 

Please contact careers@stillsherises.org with any questions regarding the position.
Still She Rises is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.

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