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Organization TypePublic Interest
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Years of Experience
ProfileStaff Attorney RESPONSIBILITIES: Litigate in trial and appellate courts, both state and federal, including writing and reviewing briefs, motion papers, and affidavits, preparing witnesses and taking and defending depositions. Conduct legal research and fact investigations to identify racial justice issues subject to legal challenge. Develop new cases and identify and work with potential plaintiffs and witnesses; Support and advise Union affiliates, coalition partners and racial justice bar on legal and policy issues. Work closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, and advocacy staff members to advance racial justice. Develop relationships with other advocates, lawyers, and potential clients. Conduct outreach to Native American communities and explore additional Indian rights issues – including, cases in areas such as criminal justice, education, or rights under an Indian Treaty. Supervise paralegals, administrative assistants, legal fellows, law students, and junior attorneys. Work on funding proposals, reports and donor solicitations as requested. Travel as required for litigation, conferences, speaking engagements, and client development. 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. Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: JD Degree is required. 5+ years of experience is strongly preferred. Significantly more experience are also encouraged to apply. Those with 10+ years of experience will have the title Senior Staff Attorney. If not currently admitted to the New York Bar, candidate must be admitted to the Bar of another state and agree to become admitted to the New York Bar within one year of hire. Demonstrated commitment to racial justice issues and public interest law preferred. Knowledge of criminal and racial justice law is preferred. Experience in the representation of Native Americans and knowledge of laws relating to Indian tribes is a plus. Superior analytical skills and excellent research and writing skills are required. Demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly and persuasively are essential. Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment. Ability and willingness to travel is required. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
Send letter of interest, current resume, names and telephone numbers of 2 references, and a legal writing sample (either a legal memo or a section of a legal brief).
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street
New York City, NY 10004