Staff Attorney

The Center for Justice and Accountability is seeking a staff attorney. Click here for the full job description.

Position Overview

This position contributes to CJA’s overall mission by supporting investigation and litigation activities related to cases undertaken by CJA. This requires substantial knowledge and
experience in U.S. human rights litigation or international criminal litigation, legal strategy, transitional justice, partnership development, as well as an understanding of the psycho-social
needs of trauma survivors, and excellent project and people management skills. This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. This position can be based in CJA’s newly-created satellite office in Washington D.C., or at the home office in San Francisco, CA.

Education and Experience

  • J.D. or equivalent;
  • Membership in good standing with at least one state or international bar;
  • Exceptional research, writing and analytical skills;
  • Knowledge of U.S. law, international human rights and international criminal litigation;
  • Demonstrated litigation experience;
  • Experience working directly with clients and/or non-governmental organizations;
  • English language oral and written fluency required; fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish and/or Arabic, an asset;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability and willingness to travel in the United States and internationally;
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights;
  • Demonstrated skills in working independently, jointly, and under pressure; and
  • Ability to work independently based on self-initiative and strategic thinking.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit the following as one combined PDF to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • An unedited legal writing sample (maximum 25 pages)
  • Contact information for three professional references

Include the words “STAFF ATTORNEY SEARCH” in your subject line. You may also include, if available, one sample of your writing for a public audience (maximum 2 pages).
Applications will be reviewed beginning July 23, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. As we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis, it is to a candidate’s
advantage to apply sooner rather than later. We thank all applicants for their interest, but we will only contact candidates who are selected for an interview.

Click Here for the full job description.

Communications and Development Intern (Rolling Applications for Fall 2018)

 The Communications and Development Departments of the Center for Justice & Accountability (“CJA”) are seeking a part-time intern (8-25 h/week) for CJA’s San Francisco office.

This internship is best suited for individuals interested in gaining experience in development and/or communications work with an international non-profit organization. It will touch upon most aspects of communications and development for non-profits, and provides an excellent overview of what it’s like to work at a small, international NGO.

Interns will gain knowledge and skills in research, communications, database management, event management, and fundraising. In order to provide a valuable and well-rounded internship experience, interns will attend planning and department meetings with staff and will have the opportunity to take advantage of in-house trainings and briefings.

Internships are unpaid. Interns may be provided a small stipend for local travel costs as pre-approved by CJA and in accordance with CJA policy. Students are occasionally able to arrange academic credit.Students should check with their individual academic institutions for requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help expand and refine press lists and support international outreach
  • Copy-edit texts
  • Prepare occasional briefings
  • Database entry
  • Provide some administrative support to the Communications Director and Major Gifts Officer
  • Write draft blogs, web content, opinion pieces and press releases
  • Participate in regular social media content promotion on Twitter and Facebook
  • Support logistics for various outreach and cultivation events
  • Creating donor profiles and using the fundraising database
  • Help maintain and update CJA’s various outreach tools (YouTube, Flickr, etc.) and look for new ways of promoting our work

Education and Experience

  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Pursuing degree or recent graduate in media/journalism, public policy, development or area studies, international relations, political science or a related field
  • Good grasp of international politics and issues of transparency, accountability and development
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial and collaborative environment
  • Deadline oriented but also able to respond quickly to changing priorities
  • Demonstrated attention to detail

Very nice to have:

  • Experience with website and social media account management
  • Experience with event management or fundraising
  • Fluency in a second language
  • Familiarity with basic design skills, MS Office, Photoshop, Adobe creative suite and audio-visual content production
  • Great enthusiasm for international affairs and human rights work


How to Apply: Please apply immediately by sending a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for two references to [email protected] Please clearly state the time period you can be available and use “Internship Communications / Development” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. No email or phone inquiries, please. Due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further.

Legal Internships

We generally accept second and third year law student interns each semester and during the summer and winter terms to work at our offices in San Francisco.  Exceptional first year law students may be considered for the summer term. These positions are unpaid.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For more information on these positions, Click Here.

How to Apply
To apply for an internship please email us a cover letter, resume, and transcript.  Please state your name and the term for which you are applying in the subject line.

Please identify in your cover letter:

  1. The term for which you are applying;
  2. Any relevant coursework (especially evidence, advanced civil procedure, federal courts, trial advocacy, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, public international or comparative law, and immigration law), and your professor(s) for any human rights law, humanitarian law, or related international law courses;
  3. Any language abilities, especially Spanish; French; Somali; Khmai; Arabic; Farsi; Haitian Creole; Swahili or any southeast Asian languages.
  4. Any deadlines you need to meet to secure funding for your internship.

We are particularly interested in students with some familiarity with human rights law and evidence. The work that you do will depend greatly on our case needs at the time of your internship, but you can expect that much of the work will involve legal research and writing. Please be aware that much of our work is litigation-related, and that a majority of research assignments may relate more to evidence, procedure and domestic law than to matters of international or human rights law.

Legal Fellowships

CJA seeks candidates with excellent written and oral communication skills and a keen interest in CJA’s mission to apply for fellowships.

A fellowship at CJA gives an entry-level lawyer the opportunity to work for 1-2 years as a junior staff attorney at CJA’s offices in San Francisco. Ideal candidates are third-year law students, judicial clerks, U.S. LLM students, or recent law graduates with a demonstrated interest in international human rights law or international criminal law. Click here for more information.

To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing your goals and interests in the position as well as potential funding sources and relevant deadlines, resume, law school transcript, and three professional references by e-mail to [email protected].  Refer to “Legal Fellow” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Only applicants being considered will be contacted.


As a small non-profit organization, CJA relies on the help of volunteers and pro bono professionals who are dedicated to bringing human rights abusers to justice. We offer volunteer opportunities for students or professionals.

CJA partners with outside law firms and investigation firms who provide significant pro bono resources to investigate and litigate large and complex cases on behalf of our clients, to help bring our cases to trial and hold human rights abusers accountable. On occasion, we also work with lawyers, non-legal professionals, and other volunteers on a pro bono basis on more limited and discrete projects.  This includes appellate work, FOIA, foreign language translation, country monitoring, research, fundraising, marketing, IT/tech, web and graphic design, special event support, and administrative assistance.

If you are interested in providing pro bono support to CJA, please email [email protected] with the subject line “Volunteer at CJA.”

Note: CJA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment.  People of color, women, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.