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Organization TypePublic Interest
Date Last Verified
Years of Experience
ProfileStaff Attorney Duties: Assist in coordinating legal intake with the Legal Director and Paralegal and ensuring that intake is properly evaluated and processed; Presenting cases to the Legal Director and the Executive Director for evaluation and authorization of further legal activity; Researching civil liberties questions, and preparing legal memoranda and demand letters; Securing the services and expanding the pool of cooperating attorneys for litigation the union undertakes; Monitoring litigation being handled by cooperating attorneys and providing back-up assistance as needed; Participating directly in litigation in selected cases; either as co-counsel with cooperating attorneys or, when necessary, as lead counsel; Conducting complex federal and state court civil liberties litigation, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, briefs, trials, appellate work and amicus briefs; Obtaining and supervising the assistance of legal interns, law students, and other legal volunteers; Preparing necessary dockets and reports for the Legal Director and Executive Director; Developing and maintaining relationships with the legal staff at the national union, its projects and other affiliates; Participating in national union legal conferences and maintaining the requisite CLE requirements (at the union of Mississippiâ€™s expense). At the direction of the Executive Director, the Staff Attorney will occasionally be required to: Engage in public speaking and articulate union views to the public and the media on a broad range of issues; Write press releases, op-ed pieces, newsletter articles and appear and speak at press conferences; Act as the organizationâ€™s counsel or co-counsel on corporate matters relevant to a not-for-profit organization; Travel to attend local, statewide, or national meetings, and travel for litigation purposes.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Membership in the Mississippi State Bar (or must pass the next Mississippi Bar Examination); 2-3 years of litigation and/or policy experience. Ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and communicate them to a variety of audiences; Ability to develop and implement non-litigation strategies; Ability to litigate independently and under pressure; Excellent writing and analytical skills; Skills as an articulate public advocate (bilingual ability preferred); Personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor; and Flexibility for travel, including regular travel to assigned communities; Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations and coalitions.
Send a letter of interest, resume, both a traditional legal writing sample.
Aclu of Mississippi
765 North Congress Street
Jackson, MS 39202