Criminal Defense Practice Leader

Website Still She Rises, Inc. (SSR)

About Still She Rises

Still She Rises, Inc. (SSR) provides free legal representation to pregnant women, mothers, and women who are caregivers of children, who have been brought into the criminal, child welfare, and housing legal systems. Founded in North Tulsa, Still She Rises is the first holistic defense office in the country dedicated exclusively to the representation of mothers in both the criminal and civil legal systems. We honor the dignity of the women we serve by championing the goals of each individual client, while also targeting systemic issues impacting the larger community.

Still She Rises takes immense pride in our role within the Tulsa and Greater Oklahoma criminal legal system where we have accomplished major wins such as a successful legal challenge to the structure of post-arrest detention in Tulsa County, and the organizations role in amending the Oklahoma fines and fees procedure laws. Still She Rises is poised to continue to drive meaningful progress in a political and social atmosphere that is ripe for change.

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The Opportunity

The Criminal Defense Practice Leader will provide oversight of the day-to-day operations and development of the Criminal Defense Practice. Working collaboratively with the Executive Director and Legal Director, the Practice Leader will be responsible for ensuring that the Criminal Defense Practice is aligned with the strategic goals set out by the Executive Director. The ideal Criminal Practice Leader will be a leader who showcases a record of investment in client-centered holistic legal advocacy and is invigorated by developing others.

The responsibilities of this position include:

Criminal Practice Development

  • Further develop and continuously elevate the standard of practice through innovative motions, arguments, and strategies.
  • Collaborate with the Legal Director to develop and implement training materials for new staff as well as ongoing skill and knowledge trainings.
  • Collaborate with other SSR leadership to implement policies, procedures and tools used to develop the practice area and coordinate with the interdisciplinary practice as a whole.
  • Manage relationships with peer organizations and court system players to facilitate efficient and effective advocacy.

Supervision of Criminal Defense Practice Staff

  • Supervise the day-to-day work of all attorneys, and paralegals in the criminal defense practice.
  • Manage intake and case assignments, practice priority implementation, and supervision of appearances, hearings and trials as needed.
  • Support attorneys in their professional development including conducting performance reviews, providing regular feedback, coaching staff in applying best practices, and identifying appropriate resources and training events.


  • Invest in the continued growth and development of all team members.
  • Model thoughtfulness, responsiveness and safety to team members and clients.
  • Enforce SSR’s values and commitment to those values through specific behaviors.
  • Promote a culture of inclusion and belonging for our clients and team members.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have most if not all of the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:


  • 5 + years of criminal defense practice experience.
  • J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
  • Prior experience managing and developing individual team members.
  • Enthusiastic alignment and commitment to SSR’s mission, vision and values.
  • Ability and desire to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, gender and social equity and against institutional racism.
  • Desire AND experience working with or on behalf of members of marginalized communities.
  • Superb communication skills.
  • Sound decision-making skills and ability to set clear priorities.


  • Indigent Defense experience.
  • 5+ years of progressive work experience.
  • Exceptional team building and management skills.Experience working on collaborative, interdisciplinary legal teams.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • Multi-cultural competence and demonstrated ability to work with people from a variety of ethnic, racial, socio-economic, educational, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, as well as people of various physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and generations.
  • History of building and maintaining a strong staff and partnering with senior leaders to develop the culture of the organization; able to act decisively, communicate decisions transparently, and delegate to and work cooperatively with senior leaders and direct reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to build capacity for the long run including building upon current internal systems, structures, and policies and/or supporting the development of staff in a way that leads to the sustainability of the organization.
  • Strong learning orientation i.e. can learn from mistakes, have a desire to continuously improve and grow, and have the capacity to foster this with direct reports.
  • Proven track record successfully leading end-to-end projects; able to execute effectively under pressure with attention to detail, comfortable with multi-tasking and shifting priorities strategically and with flexibility when needed, and ability to solve problems creatively.
  • Empathetic and compassionate leadership style with the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with clients, staff, partner organizations, donors, government officials, judges and court personnel, and members of local holistic human services and advocacy coalitions.
  • Track record of motivating and inspiring others to achieve impact through creativity and teamwork, with the ability to foster an environment for staff that celebrates the wins along the way while keeping an eye on the long-term goals of the work.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary for this position is $120,000. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, FSA, and 401K with 4% employer contribution. Relocation Support.

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.

Contact & Apply 

Koya Partners l Diversified Search Group has been exclusively retained for this engagement, which is being led by Shelby Woods and Amber Gomes. Please submit your application, cover letter and resume, by filling out our Talent Profile. All inquiries are strictly confidential.

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