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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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Staff Attorney Duties: Works under the legal director’s supervision and in close collaboration with the legal department, law student interns, and with volunteer attorneys who are co-counsel of cases as well as staff from the policy and communications departments in a fast-paced environment that addresses headline-making issues through litigation, advocacy and community education. Will move fluidly from the courtroom to the community and will be able to work with diverse allies and coalitions to achieve our ambitious goals. Investigate, develop and litigate impact civil and human rights cases in federal and state courts to protect and expand the rights of all North Carolinians. This includes conducting factual and legal research, reviewing intake complaints, interviewing clients and potential witnesses, preparing memoranda, writing demand letters, drafting pleadings, briefs and correspondence, conducting discovery, arguing motions, trying cases, handling appeals and amicus briefs and negotiating settlements. Work with affected communities to achieve policy change. Organize and lead community education events and trainings to enhance civil liberties awareness throughout the state. Provide legal research and analysis on legislative proposals and public education materials. Provide strategic leadership and technical assistance to advocates and grassroots coalition partners. Work with union staff and coalition partners to implement integrated advocacy campaigns utilizing the union Communications department. Serve as a spokesperson for the union at public forums, meetings and press events. Develop and maintain relationships with the national union, its projects, and other state affiliates. Prepare necessary dockets and reports for the public, the union membership, the Board, Legal Committee and the union of staff. Assist in recruiting and supervising legal fellows, law students, interns and volunteers. Participate in national union legal conferences and maintain the requisite CLE requirements at the union of North Carolina’s expense. Provide administrative support as needed.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree and 2+ years of litigation experience. Membership in good standing with the North Carolina Bar or admission to the North Carolina Bar within 1 year of hire. Demonstrated commitment to and a strong understanding of civil rights, civil liberties and social justice. Experience with the strategic priorities (racial justice/immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, gender equity, LGBTQ equality) is a plus. Experience in working with vulnerable and diverse communities, preferably with immigrants, incarcerated people or indigent populations. Excellent organizational and case management skills; meticulous attention to detail. Strong self-motivation and ability to manage multiple deadlines. Excellent research, writing and analytical skills. Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions, and community groups. A commitment to diversity and equity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance. Ability to think creatively and use non-litigation strategies to promote objectives, including building coalitions with ally organizations and public advocacy. Work demands may require travel, working evenings, weekends and holidays. Fluency in Spanish is a plus. Other duties may be assigned as needed.
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