ABOUT THE JOB
The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Staff Attorney in the Voting Rights Project of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY.
Established in 1965, VRP has worked to protect the gains in political participation won by voters of color since passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA). Since its inception, the Voting Rights Project has litigated hundreds of voting rights cases, and has aggressively and successfully challenged efforts to suppress voting or to dilute minority voting strength.
VRP is committed to defending the voting rights of all Americans, with legislative and litigation capacity in all 50 states. Since 2012, VRP has litigated four voting rights cases before the United States Supreme Court: Trump v. New York, challenging the Trump Administration’s (ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census population count used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives; Department of Commerce v. New York, successfully challenging the Trump Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census; Shelby County v. Holder (2012), defending the constitutionality of Sections 4(b) and 5 of the Voting Rights Act; and Arizona v. Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (2012), successfully challenging Arizona's imposition of onerous documentary proof of citizenship requirements for voter registration.
The ACLU Voting Rights Project is currently litigating voter suppression and minority vote dilution cases in over a dozen states, from coast to coast, in every region of the country.
Reporting to the VRP Director, the Staff Attorney will work on priority issues of the Project as needed.
- Participate in litigation of constitutional and statutory cases on a wide range of voting rights issues including researching and drafting pleadings, briefs and legal memoranda, engaging in discovery and motion practice, and conducting evidentiary hearings and oral arguments in the trial and appellate courts
- Participate in analyzing legislation for potential litigation
- Develop new cases, non-litigation advocacy projects and identify and work with potential plaintiffs and witnesses
- Work with and advise ACLU state affiliates
- Provide technical assistance and expert legal advice to cooperating attorneys, and others who seek assistance on voting rights litigation, legislation, and advocacy
- Serve as a resource for ACLU legislative and policy work and advancing ACLU policy goals through public education, organizing and participating in coalitions
- Engage in public speaking and articulating ACLU views to a variety of audiences
- Collaborate with staff across the organization, including in other projects within the ACLU's Legal Department, Communications, Affiliate Support, National Political Advocacy, and state affiliates to advance voting rights
- Travel as required for litigation, conferences, and client development
- Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
- Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
- Demonstrate a 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
- Demonstrate a commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
- J.D. degree
- At least five years of litigation experience is preferred
- Appropriate bar membership permitting practice in New York
- Familiarity with voting rights, racial justice, and other civil liberties and civil rights issues is preferred; commitment to those issues is essential
- Analytic skills and legal research and writing skills are required
- Demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly and persuasively are essential
- A demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team
- Ability to foster and contribute to a collaborative team environment is essential
- Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure
- Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment
The ACLU has a litigator scale that determines pay for attorneys in our Legal Department. The range of salaries are the following, based on year of law school graduation (please consult the hiring manager for specific salary details, based on individual circumstances):
- 0-2 years since law school graduation: $85,000-$106,182
- 3-5 years since law school graduation: $118,927-$140,309
- 6-10 years since law school graduation: $146,732- $165,531
- 11-15 years since law school graduation: $168,627-$178,198
- 16-20 years since law school graduation: $179,880-$184,512
- 21-25 years since law school graduation: $185,447-$189,246
- 26-30+ years since law school graduation: $190,158- $193,860
These salaries are reflective of positions based in New York, NY. The salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.
ABOUT THE ACLU
The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
For over 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 LGBTQ+ 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.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.
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, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.
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