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Criminal Law Attorney / Government and Government Relations Attorney in New York City, NY

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Company name

American Civil Liberties Union

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Criminal Law
Government and Government Relations

Years of Experience

Min 6 yrs required


USA New York City, NY

Date Last Verified

Jun 18,2018

Posted on

Feb 17,2018

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Policing Policy Advisor /Counsel Duties: Identify opportunities for, develop, and lead nationwide advocacy around police practices in close coordination with colleagues in union affiliate and national offices. Provide support and advice to union affiliates on policing issues in their jurisdictions. Pilot models in targeted states and municipalities that represent best practices in policing. Together with others in the union national office, develop and implement a comprehensive strategy that achieves a clear vision of effective, democratic, and constitutional policing that establishes and reinforces community trust in its peacekeepers. Represent the union in national coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further our advocacy goals. Establish and implement a model for union and its state affiliates to work with diverse policing stakeholders, including communities of color, residents of and small business owners in heavily policed neighborhoods, currently and formerly incarcerated people, people with criminal convictions, youth, victims of crime, health care workers and advocates, police officers, members of police oversight commissions, elected officials, school officials, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges. Consult with union attorneys litigating policing issues and union federal lobbyists negotiating related legislation and policy guidance. Speak publicly at national, state, and local forums, conferences, and meetings. Willingness to travel when necessary. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, record of arrest or conviction. Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and 6+ years of experience in policy work, 4 of which must be on criminal justice issues. JD Degree is plus. Significant experience working on policies addressing police practices required. Deep relationships in affected communities and proven track record of working in partnership and establishing trust with affected communities. Demonstrated success in working with law enforcement preferred. Experience identifying policies and practices that undermine community and police relations. Experience with systemic police reform processes, especially court-enforceable agreements between the Department of Justice and police entities. Familiarity with various policing philosophies, as well as research and literature on police practices, crime reduction, and implicit bias. Experience developing campaign goals and identifying strategies to achieve those goals preferred. Excellent research, writing, analytic, and communication skills. Personal experience with the criminal justice system (i.e., as a formerly incarcerated person, police officer, criminal defense lawyer, or prosecutor) is desirable. Track record of working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts. Experience with working in a fast-paced environment and rapidly responding to developments; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, work efficiently and quickly, and meet deadlines under pressure. Commitment to civil liberties required.

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Hiring Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street
19th Floor
New York City, NY 10004