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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileStaff Attorney The candidate will identify and develop new litigation and other advocacy projects by conducting factual, legal and strategic analysis and devising relevant theories and materials. Litigate immigrants’ rights cases, including legal research; fact development; working with clients; drafting pleadings, briefs and legal memoranda; engaging in discovery and motion practice; and conducting evidentiary hearings and oral arguments in the trial and appellate courts. Work with colleagues in the agency’s Communications and National Political Advocacy Departments to develop public education and other advocacy materials on immigrants’ rights. Articulate the agency’s views to a variety of audiences, through public speaking, traditional and social media, and other means. Work with the agency lobbyists and other legislative and policy advocates to advance the agency’s goals on immigration. Support legislative advocacy with legal and policy analysis. Work with and advise the agency’s state affiliates and partner organizations on immigrants’ rights issues. Help manage summer legal internship program and supervise student interns. Travel as required for litigation, conferences, and other advocacy opportunities. 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. Commit to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts. J.D. degree and 3 -8 years of litigation experience preferred; responsibilities will be adjusted for those with more experience. Admission to practice in the state where the position will be based (New York or California); if not currently admitted to the appropriate state bar, agreement to become admitted within one year of hire required. Superior analytic, research, and writing skills required. Fluency in Spanish (written and spoken) preferred. Familiarity with immigrants’ rights, racial and social justice, and civil liberties issues is desirable; commitment to those issues required. Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills required.
Job ID: IRP-01 / IRP-20. Please send a letter of interest, a resume, a transcript, the names and telephone numbers of two legal references, and a legal writing sample.
American Civil Liberties Union
39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111