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Civil Rights Attorney / Litigation - General Attorney in Seattle, WA

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Company name

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Litigation - General
Civil Rights

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


Seattle, WA

Date Last Verified

Sep 01,2017

Posted on

Apr 26,2017

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Staff Attorney The candidate will be responsible for investigating, filing, and litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts. This includes legal research, investigative work, identifying and signing up named plaintiffs, complaint drafting, discovery and motion practice, and handling trials and appeals. Maintain an active docket of their own cases, typically with assistance from outside cooperating attorneys. 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 agency 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 agency publicly, speaking to the media and others as assigned. Travel, as well as occasional work on nights and weekends, will be necessary. Along with all employees, the staff attorney is expected to help maintain a positive, respectful, welcoming, and professional work environment for employees and volunteers. 3+ of significant litigation experience, with some demonstrated ability to develop and litigate class actions and/or Section 1983 cases required. Applicants with far more than three years of experience are strongly encouraged to apply. 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 be a member of the State Bar (or willing to take the next bar examination).

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
705 Second Avenue
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104