Job Details

Legal Director

Company name

American Civil Liberties Union

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Valid Through

Nov 27,2019

Posted on

Aug 14,2019

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required


Raleigh, NC, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Legal Director
The candidate will supervise and administer a statewide legal program covering a wide range of constitutional issues to bring about systemic change through impact litigation in federal and state courts. Maintains an active and vibrant litigation docket to further the priorities established in an organizational strategic plan approved by the Board of Directors: criminal law reform, reproductive freedom, LGBTQ equality, and racial justice, including voting rights and immigrants’ rights. Develop and implement goals and priorities for the legal program, including non-litigation strategies to further the strategic plan approved by the Board of Directors; Affirmatively seek opportunities to initiate litigation in federal and state courts that will help achieve the organization’s strategic priorities and goals;Oversee implementation of legal program policies and procedures including intake review, case selection process, paper and electronic filing systems, legal docket, timekeeping, retainer agreements, malpractice prevention and insurance and cooperating attorney agreements; Recruit, oversee the professional development of, and supervise legal staff including lawyers, paralegals, law student interns and legal fellows; Recruit, train, and supervise the work of volunteer attorneys to participate in litigation, as needed; In consultation with the Executive Director and legal team, make the initial decisions about case selection and present potential cases to staff, the Legal Committee and Board of Directors; Develop and maintain relationships with staff at the ACLU’s National office and other state affiliates, Develop and maintain relationships with legal services agencies, law firms, and other public interest attorneys in North Carolina; Keep the Executive Director informed about significant legal developments and controversies. Appear as counsel on behalf of the ACLU of North Carolina and its clients; Oversee and participate as appropriate in complex impact litigation in federal and state court in relevant areas to advance or defend constitutional rights, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, briefs, trials, appellate work and amicus briefs; Research civil rights and constitutional issues, and write legal memoranda, demand letters and advocacy letters; Advocate for civil rights and civil liberties and serve as a spokesperson for the ACLU both with media and as a public speaker, as appropriate; Work with ACLU staff to implement integrated advocacy campaigns and high impact strategies utilizing legal, communications, public education, legislative and field organizing programs; Advise communications team on publications addressing legal issues and cases.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should be an experienced civil litigator with substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil rights issues, and demonstrated commitment to the preservation and vigorous enforcement of the constitutional and civil rights of all North Carolinians. Should have extensive familiarity with the working and operation of state and local government; exceptional research, writing and analytical skills; excellent oral communication skills; proven ability to clearly communicate complex legal issues both in the courtroom and to the public; and proven ability to develop and implement short- and long-term litigation strategies in trial and appellate proceedings in both state and federal courts. Experience with the ACLU of North Carolina’s strategic priorities is a plus. They will also have proven ability to successfully manage and mentor employees, a commitment to diversity and equity, and experience working with and engaging diverse communities, clients and coalition partners including non-attorneys. Success in this position will require strong self-motivation, a demonstrated capacity to work in a timely and professional manner under multiple deadlines, and the ability to coordinate with and manage staff attorneys and outside cooperating counsel. J.D. from an accredited law school and membership in good standing with the North Carolina Bar – or admission to the North Carolina Bar within one year of hire – is required.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union
PO Box 28004
Raleigh, NC 27611

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