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Legal Director

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Company name

ACLU of Nevada

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Practice Area

Litigation

Years of Experience

3-5 yrs required

Location

Las Vegas, NV

Date Last Verified

Aug 23,2014

Posted on

Jul 18,2014

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LEGAL DIRECTOR

ACLU of Nevada

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada (ACLUNV) invites applications for a full-time Legal Director to supervise and administer a statewide legal program. The ACLU of Nevada, with offices in Las Vegas and Reno, is the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, the country’s largest civil liberties and civil rights organization. The ACLU of Nevada is a private, non-profit non-partisan organization that works to promote and defend civil rights and civil liberties through legal, legislative, and public education initiatives.

The Legal Director should anticipate working in a wide range of civil liberties areas, including but not limited to privacy rights, advancing immigrant rights, reforming the criminal justice system, as well as maintaining our commitment to LGBT rights, reproductive freedom, freedom of speech, racial justice and religious freedom. The Legal Director reports directly to the Executive Director. The position of Legal Director requires a willingness to work beyond the 9 to 5 hours of the normal work day, including evening and weekend meetings and/or events.

Job Description:

Based in Las Vegas, the Legal Director will play a key role in much of the affiliate’s operations. S/he reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with the entire staff to accomplish the mission of the ACLUNV.

The Legal Director will, under the supervision of the Executive Director, be expected to perform the following duties which include: Legal Program Responsibilities:

 Supervise and participate in pending ACLUNV litigation in state and federal court, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, and drafting briefs in trial and appellate courts;

 Research, investigate, develop, and present selected potential cases to the ACLUNV Litigation Committee for evaluation;

 Review requests for legal assistance and supervise legal intake program to ensure that requests for assistance are properly evaluated and processed and to identify appropriate cases for legal challenge; and

 Recruit and coordinate volunteer private attorneys statewide;

 Manages and administers the ACLUNV’s Legal Department

 Manages and oversees intake process, supervises intake database administration; regularly reviews and handles complaint intake for potential action; strategizes and executes or monitors intake-related actions and reports.

 Drafts the Legal Department’s annual budget, and staff-driven proposals for the ACLUNV’s strategic plan. Planning includes identifying potential high-impact civil liberties litigation, so that the ACLUNV is proactive not merely reactive, in its legal work.

 Manages the ACLUNV’s time and cost entry system.

 Recruits, selects, and supervises Legal Department interns, externs, volunteers, and cooperating volunteer attorneys, in ways that: are productive for the ACLUNV, provide an excellent experience for them, and reflect well on ACLUNV.

 Manages Legal Department staff members, including staff attorneys and paralegals in ways that maximize their productivity and professional development. Performs annual evaluations of Legal Department staff.

Public Advocacy Responsibilities:

 Speak publicly to groups and organizations on civil liberties issues;

 Media availability for legal cases and issues;

 Draft press releases, op-ed pieces and newsletter/website articles related to legal cases and issues.

Legislative Support:

 Strategize and collaborate with the Executive Director and Legislative Director to:

 Identify and research issues related to proposed legislation, ordinances and agency rules and regulations statewide;

 Draft and deliver testimony on such measures;

 Engage elected and appointed officials when necessary; and

 Assist in grassroots lobbying statewide.

Other Duties: As directed by the Executive Director, the Legal Director may be asked to assist with fundraising, grant proposals and other tasks needed to promote the organization and its mission.

Qualifications:

 Excellent writing, research, analytical and public speaking skills;

 Ability to develop and implement litigation strategies;

 Strong self-motivation and ability to manage multiple deadlines;

 Substantive knowledge of constitutional law and civil liberties;

 Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and the mission of the ACLU;

 Facility for administrative work including coordination with volunteer attorneys and supervision of junior staff attorney, law students, interns, and office volunteers;

 Experience working with legislative processes a plus;

 Ability to think creatively and to use non-litigation strategies to promote objectives, including building coalitions with ally organizations, lobbying and developing public-education programs;

 J.D. with 3-5 years of litigation experience (although more recent law school graduates with exceptional abilities and experience will be considered);

 Judicial clerkships strongly preferred but not required; and

 Applicants need not be current members of the Nevada bar, but should be prepared to obtain admission as soon as possible.

 Spanish/English bilingual speaking and writing skills desired.

Compensation:

Salary commensurate with experience, including health, life, disability, retirement, and other benefits; Bar dues, liability insurance and CLE expenses provided by ACLUNV.

To Apply:

All applications are treated confidentially. Interested candidates should send the following: (1) letter describing interest in the position; (2) resume; (3) list of references; and (4) writing sample. Please click Apply Now or mail to the address provided. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU of Nevada is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Company info

ATTN: Legal Director Posi
ACLU of Nevada
601 South Rancho Drive
Suite B11
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
Email: aclunv@aclunv.org

Company Profile

The ACLU of Nevada works to protect the rights and liberties of all Nevadans through lobbying on legislation and regulations, litigating, and educating the public. The ACLU of Nevada monitors and testifies at meetings of all levels of government, from school boards and city councils to the Nevada Legislature. We support bills and regulations that expand the idea of individual liberties and civil rights and oppose bills and regulations that limit liberty or violate the U.S. or Nevada Constitutions. The ACLU of Nevada is strictly non-partisan and our lobbying work is supported by our 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. The ACLU of Nevada works to educate Nevadans about their civil liberties and civil rights. We hold public education events and publish Know Your Rights materials and reports on civil liberties issues that are available through our website or one of our offices. The ACLU of Nevada's legal department focuses on establishing case law and policy precedents that protect or expand civil rights. We use litigation as a last resort. We prefer to talk things out or negotiate whenever possible to correct civil rights violations.

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