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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileAssociate Counsel Duties: Work on pending litigation matters in state and federal court and assist in all facets of the litigation process from discovery, motion practice, trial and appeal. Will also help develop strategies to achieve litigation goals in emerging areas of community interest and play a critical role in identifying and developing new cases. To define issues, perform legal research, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and make appropriate recommendations; to prepare clear and concise memoranda, summarize legal issues and precedents; and to effectively represent with the public, opposing and co-counsel, law enforcement agencies and other government institutions. Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships, is able to handle high levels of stress satisfactorily and is congenial with other employees, clients and outside counsel. Depending on assignment, duties may include, the following: Interviewing potential clients, engaging in fact-finding, and identifying potential legal claims and defenses based upon the facts presented; preparing retention letters; conducting legal research; reviewing and organizing discovery productions and document reviews; overseeing case management; ensuring compliance with procedural obligations and deadlines; drafting legal pleadings, memoranda, motions and other court filings for submission in cases pending at the trial court and appellate level; assisting in the selection of and preparation of expert reports and testimony; defending and deposing both expert and facts witnesses; arguing motions and appeals; performing direct and cross examination of witnesses as well as opening and closing statements at trial; and drafting and giving testimony before legislative bodies and other government commissions or entities in matters connected to our litigation priorities. Provide guidance, mentorship and leadership to legal fellows and interns in the performance of any of the above or related tasks. May also serve as media-spokesperson and liaison to the local community, performing the following functions: respond to press inquiries and participate in press interviews; appear and speak before community and education groups; and, participate in discussion panels in a variety of education and community settings. Will travel locally, and occasionally regionally, in connection with legal and community work.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: A record of commitment to public interest and civil rights issues and a range of 3-9 years post-Bar admission litigation practice; NY State Bar License or equivalent; experience in federal or state litigation practice; and good standing in state and federal courts. The ideal candidate will have prior voting rights and redistricting experience. Should also be energetic, highly self-motivated; possess excellent interpersonal skills to develop diverse allies and facilitate collaboration; have a good sense of humor and ability to work well independently and in teams; have ability to collaborate successfully with a broad and diverse range of communities and individuals; have strong organization skills; and, be able to manage several projects simultaneously in a fast paced environment; excellent legal research, writing, and oral communication skills as well as working knowledge of document management and research software such as Concordance, CaseMap, Lexis-Nexis, and Westlaw. Bilingual Spanish/English is required. ubstantive knowledge and experience on core civil rights statutes, precedents and their application, particularly in voting rights and redistricting; familiarity with both federal and state statutory and constitutional law issues and principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research and writing; and familiarity with state and federal court rules, policies and procedures. Ability to argue clearly and logically in written and oral form. Ability to develop substantive knowledge as needed in new areas of focus within the broader civil rights/constitutional law umbrella. Substantial computer assisted research skills as well as excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple deadlines.
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99 Hudson Street
New York City, NY 10013-2815