• Create and implement multi-pronged strategies using litigation, public education, and legislative and policy advocacy to further the ACLU’s disability rights strategic plans
  • Write pleadings and briefs, conduct discovery and motion practice, handle hearings and trials, and argue appeals in both federal and state courts
  • Work with ACLU political advocacy and affiliate staff on bills in state legislatures and in Congress
  • Draft policy analysis designed to effect change in state and federal administrative agencies
  • Engage in community outreach and public speaking, including representing ACLU positions to the media and the public generally
  • Work closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, advocacy, and fundraising professionals
  • Develop strong co-counsel relationships with other public interest lawyers and ACLU volunteer lawyers
  • Provide support and assistance to ACLU affiliates and cooperating attorneys
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff members and law clerks
  • Travel as required for litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, conferences, and public speaking


  • J.D. degree, bar admission in one state (admission to the bar in California or New York will eventually be necessary)
  • 5 years litigation experience
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest law, constitutional law and/or civil rights
  • Ability to engage in complex legal analysis and fact investigation in impact litigation, policy and legislative advocacy settings, sometimes under tight deadlines
  • Superior analytic skills and excellent research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively
  • Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with a wide range of people, and to foster a collaborative environment
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • 8 or more years of experience as a litigator
  • Knowledge of disability rights laws, including the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Help America Vote Act
  • Deep connections with the disability community
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively – across disciplines – to use the law, the media, and legislation to achieve social change
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a wide-range of civil rights organizations with diverse agendas
  • Ability to recognize the common factors across civil rights issues, and to creatively link advocacy strategies
  • Willingness to begin work in San Francisco, with a possible move to New York in future years (with a negotiable time frame)


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.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. 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 undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

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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