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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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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 Mississippi’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 organization’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