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Litigation Counsel

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - PETA

Organization Type

Public Interest

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Norfolk, VA

Date Last Verified

Dec 08,2017

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Dec 07,2017
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Litigation Counsel The candidate will develop and manage all aspects of litigation—including outside counsel, pleadings, discovery, motion practice, briefs, hearings, arguments, correspondence, witness preparation, depositions, and trials—in federal and state trial and appellate courts and before government agencies in order to further PETA's and the PETA Foundation's objectives. Work closely with outside counsel on active litigation to achieve cost-effective results for PETA and the PETA Foundation. Develop new cases and litigation strategies to advance animals' rights in the legal system. Research, interpret, and apply local, state, and federal statutes and regulations and applicable case law, with a primary focus on animal protection and animal rights issues. Assist caseworkers, researchers, and campaigners with a wide array of legal issues that arise in their work. Liaise with various PETA and PETA Foundation departments regarding efforts to publicize PETA's legal work. Supervise fellows and law student interns on assigned projects. Represent the organization to the media on assigned legal work and engage in public speaking and writing on subjects related to this work. Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor. Must have J.D. and a 3+ years civil-litigation experience. Litigation experience with animal law, administrative law, environmental law, and/or criminal law is preferred. Should be a member in good standing of a state bar association. Should have proven excellent legal research, writing, and verbal advocacy skills. Should PETA's philosophy and the ability to advocate PETA's and the PETA Foundation's positions on issues professionally.

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