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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
ProfileLegal Counsel Duties: Serve as a resource to churches and pastors; draft legal documents including contracts, handbooks, and policies; advise clients as to legal rights; assist in litigating cases; provide legislative testimony; and engage in public advocacy such as speaking, blogging, and appearing in all forms of media upon request. Oversee administrative and paralegal support functions. Support and mentor less experienced attorneys. Formulate resources and policies addressing various aspects of church operations, including facility usage policies, employment, bylaws, statements of faith, and other policies, procedures, and documents intended to preserve the religious liberty of churches and pastors. Assist churches in the adoption, initial implementation, and consistent application of such policies and procedures. Advise churches about threats to the religious liberty of the Church, and proactive steps to protect that religious liberty, whether generally or in response to specific situations. Educate churches and pastors about threats to their religious liberty—and about means to address these threats—through speaking engagements, publications, conference calls, webinars, web-based resources, and other means. Undertake best efforts to persuade churches and pastors to adopt and consistently implement policies that are designed to protect religious liberty. Be able to establish and cultivate relationships with churches across the evangelical and/or denominational spectrum. Conduct legal research; Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for churches and their associated ministries and provide sound legal advice; Research and draft general legal resources for churches; Confer with colleagues to establish and verify basis for legal analysis; Participate in recruiting churches to participate in the Alliance, including speaking engagements and other events; Advise allied attorneys on legal issues within areas of competence; Network and develop relationships with churches and/or potential Alliance members; Interview prospective and current clients and witnesses; Conduct appropriate discovery in all forms; interviews clients, witnesses; Prepare legal briefs in support of clients; Represent clients in court, and/or before quasi-judicial or administrative government agencies of government; Prepare legislative testimony and comments on proposed government regulations; Collaborate with colleagues to accomplish legal advocacy; Cooperate with Development team, including speaking engagements and other events; Train junior attorneys; Perform quality control via review and editing of others’ drafts; Interact with media regarding cases and issues as requested; Network and develop relationships with other attorneys and ministry friends. Other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Be a licensed attorney with 5+ years of relevant experience (experience representing or advising religious nonprofits is preferred); Be a member in good standing of a local Christian church with beliefs consistent and not in conflict; Be willing and able to travel frequently; Possess superior oral and written communication and persuasive skills and excellent interpersonal skills; Possess superior organizational skills with strong attention to detail and proven project management and problem solving skills; Possess some experience and/or expertise in relevant areas of law (e.g., education, employment, religious liberty, civil rights); and Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and Westlaw.