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Litigation - General Attorney / Public Interest Law Attorney in New York City, NY

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Company name

American Civil Liberties Union

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Litigation - General
Public Interest Law

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


USA New York City, NY

Date Last Verified

Sep 05,2017

Posted on

Apr 14,2017

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Staff Attorney – Bail Reform RESPONSIBILITIES: Work closely with the Campaign bail reform team and others working in the Center to develop and execute a plan for bail reform litigation. In collaboration with the working group. Litigating in state and federal courts, including appellate courts, throughout the country, including researching and drafting pleadings and briefs, engaging in discovery and motion practice, and conducting evidentiary hearings, oral arguments, and trials. Developing litigation theories, such as potential causes of action targeted at the bail bond industry, directed towards eliminating wealth-based pretrial detention, or challenging costly and onerous pretrial release conditions. Providing technical assistance and expert legal advice to local union affiliates, cooperating attorneys, and others who seek assistance from the Campaign or the Center, including helping to develop a litigation and settlement strategy tool kit for litigators doing work in the pretrial justice arena. Developing new cases and collaborating on non-litigation advocacy projects. Serve as a resource for union legislative and policy work and advancing union policy goals through public education, organizing and participating in coalitions. Collaborate with staff across the organization, including in other projects within the union’s Legal Department, Communications, Affiliate Support and Advocacy, the Washington Legislative Office and state affiliates. Engaging in public speaking and articulating union views to a variety of audiences. Supervising legal fellows, interns, legal administrative assistants and paralegals.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree and 5+ years of litigation experience, preferably in federal court, including experience as lead counsel. Individuals with more experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Appropriate Bar membership permitting practice in New York. A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, racial justice, and public interest law. A demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team. Ability to foster and contribute to a collaborative team environment is essential. Excellent legal research skills. Demonstrated ability to perform complex legal analytical work. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writing. Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure. Familiarity with criminal justice issues (i.e., as a criminal defense lawyer, formerly incarcerated person, or prosecutor) is desired.

Additional info

Send a cover letter, current resume, the names and contact information of three references, and 1+ legal writing sample with Reference [CJ-10/ACLU] in the subject line.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street
19th Floor
New York City, NY 10004