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Years of Experience
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ProfileSenior Staff Attorney/Deputy Legal Director Duties: Investigating, filing, and litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts. Legal research, investigative work, identifying and signing up named plaintiffs, complaint drafting, discovery and motion practice, and handling trials and appeals. Will be responsible for maintaining an active docket of their own cases, typically with assistance from outside cooperating attorneys, as well as helping to supervise and mentor more junior attorneys in the department. Will also engage in advocacy short of litigation, coordinate with the various policy-focused attorneys and other staff in the office, provide legal analysis to advance other Union policy work, conduct community outreach as needed, and supervise law students and volunteer attorneys. Along with other professional staff members, the staff attorney will represent the Union publicly, speaking to the media and others, as assigned. May also be asked to assist the Legal Director in the supervision and management of cases brought by other attorneys inside and outside the office, the drafting and review of internal and external department reports, and other non-litigation tasks essential for the smooth running of the Legal Department as needed.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Must be a member of the Washington State Bar (or willing to take the next Bar examination). 8+ years of significant civil litigation experience, with demonstrated ability to develop and/or litigate class actions. The selected applicant will also be considered for the Deputy Legal Director position, which requires additional litigation and management experience, as well as time working alongside the Legal Director. Plaintiffs’ side work and/or previous experience in constitutional law litigation is a plus, as is experience supervising other attorneys. Must have ability to file and litigate cases independently and collaboratively; excellent problem- solving skills; ability to juggle multiple on-going projects and exercise good judgment under stressful situations; and ability to affirmatively prosecute civil rights violations. Must also have superior writing, research and verbal skills in presenting both to lawyers and to the non-lawyer public; leadership and organizational skills in order to encourage volunteer lawyers and work cooperatively in coalitions on complicated cases; the ability to take initiative, think strategically, and share responsibility and credit. Must have a commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
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