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Litigation - General Attorney in Houston, TX

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Company name

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Litigation - General/Commercial

Years of Experience

3-10 yrs required


Houston, TX

Date Last Verified

Jan 30,2018

Posted on

Oct 11,2017

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Litigation Attorney Duties: Identify and develop new litigation and other advocacy projects by conducting factual, legal and strategic analysis and devising relevant theories and materials. Litigate civil rights and civil liberties cases by conducting discovery and motion practice; working with clients; drafting pleadings, briefs, and legal memoranda; and handling hearings and oral arguments in trial and appellate courts. Engage in pre-litigation and non-litigation advocacy, including preparing demand letters, advocacy materials, and public education resources. Work closely with and provide policy analysis and legal expertise to non-legal program staff at the ACLU-TX and ACLU national, particularly legislative, political, communications, advocacy, and fundraising professionals. Grow and deepen relationships with community partners, coalitions, and stakeholders. Ensure effective delivery of up-to-date “know your rights” materials to affected communities. Respond to community needs as they arise, potentially on an emergency basis. Secure the services and expand the pool of cooperating attorneys for litigation the ACLU undertakes. Monitor litigation being handled by cooperating attorneys and provide assistance as needed. Supervise junior lawyers, legal fellows, and law student interns. Participate in legal and advocacy conferences and develop and provide CLE on a range of topics. Communicate ACLU views to a variety of audiences through public speaking, traditional and social media, and other means. Prepare dockets and reports for the Legal Director, Legal Committee, the Board and the Executive Director.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree with 3-10 years of litigation experience preferred; responsibilities will be adjusted based on experience. Licensed to practice law and a member of the State Bar of Texas (or eligible for immediate admission). Broad substantive knowledge of constitutional law and a strong and demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights. Expertise in LGBT, voting, immigration, criminal justice, policing, and/or reproductive rights issues strongly preferred. Exceptional analytic, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. Demonstrated experience working in fast-paced environment with keen ability to work on multiple projects at the same time, set priorities, manage work, and meet deadlines. Enthusiasm, patience, and cultural competence to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, organizers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations and coalitions. Experience working with marginalized or vulnerable communities. Ability to effectively communicate legal concepts to a variety of audiences, including judges, community residents, and policymakers. Personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and professionally with lawyers, clients, and other staff members, and with community organizations and coalitions. A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance. Willingness to travel and work long hours, including nights and weekends as needed for litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, conferences, and public speaking. Spanish fluency (written and spoken) is preferred.

Additional info

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Company info

Christopher Clay
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas
P.O. Box 8306
Houston, TX 77288-8306