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Attorney in Montpelier, VT

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Posted on

Jun 11, 2021

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 50000 to 55000 Annually


Montpelier, VT, United States
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Legal Fellow
The Fellow will support the integrated advocacy, with an emphasis on both litigation and non-litigation advocacy activities on a broad range of issues. Will be involved in investigation, client interviewing, legal and factual research, discovery, brief writing, and court hearings. In addition, the Legal Fellow will have the opportunity to engage in non-litigation advocacy, including policy work, public speaking, and community engagement. Will work within the Legal Program under the supervision of the Legal Director or other Legal Program staff and in collaboration with other programs. Will include: Participate in investigating, developing, and litigating high-impact civil liberties and civil rights cases in federal and state court. Conduct factual and legal research; prepare memoranda; draft Freedom of Information Act requests; write demand letters; draft pleadings and briefs; conduct discovery; help write appellate and amicus briefs; attend and participate in court hearings and conferences. Communicate with clients; answer client questions and manage class member interactions in ongoing litigation. Review, comment on, and edit letters and briefs of co-counsel and other ACLU staff. Work with volunteer lawyers to screen and develop promising cases. Assist in day-to-day operations and support other Legal Program work, as needed. Develop equitable and reciprocal relationships with community organizations and networks – particularly community members impacted by policing and incarceration and racial justice initiatives led by people of color – and help advance the organization’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in both its internal and external-facing work. Work with staff to implement integrated advocacy campaigns and high-impact strategies utilizing advocacy, communications, development, and legal programs. Participate in community meetings and public education events.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Must be admitted to a state Bar, or become admitted to the bar within 6 months of starting the position. Admission to the Vermont Bar is a preference. Demonstrated interest and/or background in constitutional and civil rights law. Demonstrated commitment to the cause of social justice, civil liberties, and civil rights; committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals, and programs. Exceptional writing, legal and policy research, and analytical skills. Excellent communication skills to both legal and non-legal audiences. Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, both in the workplace and in collaboration with community partners and constituents. Proven ability to work with emotional intelligence, receive feedback, work through conflict with integrity, and operate within principles of solidarity when working in partnership with constituencies impacted by oppression. Proven ability to work in a manner that respects differences in race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance. Demonstrated knowledge of – or commitment to building or deepening understanding of – racial equity. Proficiency with computers: Windows and Microsoft Office Suite in particular.
Begin reviewing applications the week of July 4, 2021

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