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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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Senior Counsel, Litigation The candidate will report directly and serve as a thought partner to the Senior Director, Litigation and will assist in managing the Center's U.S. litigation strategy as well as serve as a mentor and strategic leader on the litigation team. In addition, the Senior Counsel will directly participate in impact litigation on reproductive rights and justice issues in federal and state courts around the country. Serve as a mentor, collaborator and thought-leader in the Center's U.S. Litigation Program to ensure successful execution of the Strategic Plan, as well as implementation of wider institutional priorities, and to shape new strategies as opportunities and challenges arise. Work closely with the Senior Director, Litigation and in collaboration with other senior litigation and US program staff to provide leadership and direction in the planning, development and implementation of strategic and annual planning, including by effectively supporting the development of long-term, mid-term, and annual plans and aligning the US litigation program behind core goals and strategies. Support the Senior Director, Litigation to ensure that key litigation program outcomes are evaluated and leveraged for maximum impact. Support the Senior Director, Litigation in forming and managing teams assigned to specific projects and cases to leverage strategic opportunities and maximize efficiencies and professional development opportunities. Lead, supervise and engage (as needed) in all stages of litigation (including leading/conducting investigations, securing clients, case development, trial and appellate work), particularly as supervising attorney, as lead on complex cases, and as Center attorney on cases in which pro bono firm takes lead; Identify and cultivate new Center clients; develop and maintain client relationships; and engage in client compliance work. Maintain and develop relationships with key partners. Assist and mentor other department attorneys in development of new cases (e.g., working up claims, preparing initial filings, case budgeting). Supervise, mentor and coach litigation team members (from senior staff attorneys to legal assistants), identifying skills gaps and addressing professional development needs. Coordinate with Center's state and federal advocacy teams on legislative work as-needed. Undertaking special projects as requested by the Senior Director, Litigation or the SVP, US Programs. Represent the Center externally, including with partners, donors, media, academic and professional audiences. Work closely with the Director of Pro Bono to cultivate and leverage new and existing pro bono partnerships and projects with law firms, law associations, and law schools to leverage the Center's litigation program. Other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
A J.D. required. Active Bar membership in New York or Washington D.C., depending on placement is needed. Must have 12+ years of litigation experience including significant experience in both trial and appellate courts; with at least 5 years managing an inter-disciplinary team. Should have strong familiarity with constitutional law. Successful experience in developing, implementing and managing complex litigation is needed. Experience with reproductive rights issues, or experience with human rights, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, economic justice, or social justice combined with an ability to connect and integrate this experience with reproductive rights and justice. Other related experience will be considered. Experience working with or on behalf marginalized communities is needed. Spanish language fluency a plus. Must have successful experience in cultivating and maintaining client relationships. Should have demonstrated experience in conducting or supervising investigations in preparation for complex litigation. Must have proven track record of building high performing teams, delivering through others, creating continuous process improvements, and driving change with a focus on excellence, including demonstrated ability to lead, mentor, coach, and develop varying levels of staff. Should have demonstrated track record building, managing and leading diverse teams. Must have outstanding legal analysis skills. Excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills are needed.
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