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Litigation Director

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Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required

Location

Oakland, CA

Date Last Verified

Sep 14,2017

Posted on

Jul 19,2017
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General
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Litigation Director The candidate will work at the heart of a movement of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people and allies to change laws, policies, and attitudes to ensure that we can all live as our authentic selves. Will join a team of passionate, smart, and dedicated individuals who work hard, laugh easily, and are eager to learn and grow together as we change the world. Will be responsible for leading work on Transgender Law Center’s legal services and impact litigation docket, as well as supervising the work of designated members of the legal team. Will also support the organization’s work on policy advocacy and public education. Reports to the Legal Director. Handle all aspects of litigation in precedent-setting cases before trial, in trial courts, and on appeal, including developing litigation strategy, managing relationships with co-counsel, performing legal research, and drafting or revising briefs. Ensure racial justice and social justice values are embedded in our litigation and legal services work, including TGNC community-driven legal/ organizing strategies. Supervise staff attorneys, volunteer attorneys, and other legal team members on case management, brief writing, and other written products, and assist with the management of the legal team. Recruit and maintain relationships with pro bono co-counsel from the private bar. Investigate and develop potential new matters, including drafting demand letters and corresponding with opposing counsel. Strategize and collaborate with all programs to ensure that litigation efforts reflect and reinforce programmatic work. Collaborate with colleagues across the movement, including both grassroots leaders and other lawyers, to strategize about how to advance protections for TGNC people. Draft communications materials relating to cases and policy efforts, including press releases, blog posts, and case descriptions for our website. Engage in education efforts for community members and attorneys, including speaking at conferences, trainings, and webinars. Develop publications and other legal resources for community members and attorneys, and engage in writing for a broader audience on issues relating to transgender rights. Speak to the media and the general public about transgender issues in a way that represents positions and builds public understanding of and empathy for TGNC people. Compile data and draft narrative descriptions of legal work for grant reports and proposals.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Law degree and 7+ years’ experience that prepares the applicant to manage ongoing litigation independently and supervise attorneys and other staff. Membership in the Bar of at least one state. Significant experience with all stages of impact litigation to advance protections for TGNC people, and solid knowledge of the legal theories used in such litigation, particularly in the following areas: healthcare, identity documents, schools, employment discrimination, public accommodations, and nonbinary identities. A demonstrated commitment and deep familiarity with a broad range of social, racial, and economic justice issues and an understanding of TGNC people of color. Commitment to race, gender, immigration, and economic justice and equity. The ability to maintain a respectful, inclusive, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed working environment specifically, with respect to specific needs and challenges of TGNC people of color and survivors. Commitment to engaging in litigation in a way that centers the needs and the leadership of the most vulnerable members of our communities, particularly TGNC people of color. The highest levels of initiative, creativity, and good judgment. Excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills. The ability to talk about legal issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences. Skill at working collaboratively both within the organization and with outside partners. Enthusiasm for the work of the organization and its potential. Willingness to travel and to work long hours as necessary. PREFERRED: Demonstrated understanding of the various approaches employed in social justice lawyering, including, but not limited to, the client-centered model, intersectional framework, community partnerships and coalition building, and the empowerment model. Experience educating the community and the general public through various mediums including, social media, conferences, trainings, workshops, etc. Experience with policy advocacy at the local, state, and federal level. Proficiency in a language other than English.

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