ABOUT THE JOB

  • Creating and implementing multi-pronged strategies using litigation, public education, and legislative and policy advocacy to further the ACLU’s strategic plans
  • Writing pleadings and briefs, conducting discovery and motion practice, handling hearings and trials, and arguing appeals in both federal and state courts
  • Working with ACLU political advocacy and affiliate staff on bills in state legislatures and in Congress
  • Drafting policy analysis designed to effect change in state and federal administrative agencies
  • Engaging in community outreach and public speaking, including representing ACLU positions to the media and the public generally
  • Working closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, advocacy, and fundraising professionals
  • Developing strong co-counsel relationships with other public interest lawyers and ACLU volunteer lawyers
  • Supervising law clerks
  • Traveling as required for litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, conferences, and public speaking
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office; a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • J.D. degree and admission to practice in one state is required. If the candidate is not already admitted to practice in New York, admission to the New York Bar is required within one year of hire
  • Superior analytic skills and excellent research skills
  • Capacity to perform complex legal analytical work
  • Demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly and persuasively
  • Applicants should be self-starters, be diligent, and have the proven ability to work with a wide range of people and to perform under pressure
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Significant litigation experience, including in federal court
  • Experience with constitutional issues, legislation, and community outreach
  • Familiarity with LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS and other civil liberties issues
  • Commitment to those issues is essential

ABOUT THE ACLU

For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail benefits.hrdept@aclu.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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