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Staff Attorney â€“ Bail Reform Duties: Litigating in state and federal courts, including appellate courts, throughout the country, including researching and drafting pleadings and briefs, engaging in discovery and motion practice, and conducting evidentiary hearings, oral arguments, and trials. Developing litigation theories, such as potential causes of action targeted at the bail bond industry, directed towards eliminating wealth-based pretrial detention, or challenging costly and onerous pretrial release conditions. Providing technical assistance and expert legal advice to local Union affiliates, cooperating attorneys, and others who seek assistance from the Center, including helping to develop a litigation and settlement strategy tool kit for litigators doing work in the pretrial justice arena. Developing new cases and collaborating on non-litigation advocacy projects. Serve as a resource for Union legislative and policy work and advancing Union policy goals through public education, organizing, and participating in coalitions. Collaborate with staff across the organization, including in other projects within the Unionâ€™s Legal Department, Communications, Affiliate Support and Advocacy, the Washington Legislative Office, and state affiliates. Engaging in public speaking and articulating Union views to a variety of audiences. Supervising legal fellows, interns, legal administrative assistants, and paralegals. 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 and 6+ years of litigation experience, preferably in federal court, including experience as lead counsel. Individuals with more experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Responsibilities will be commensurate with experience and demonstrated skill level. Valuable prior experience will also include civil litigation under 42 U.S.C. Â§ 1983, as well as experience involving the direct representation of individuals in pre-trial/bail settings. Appropriate bar membership permitting practice in New York. A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, racial justice, and public interest law. A demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team. Ability to foster and contribute to a collaborative team environment is essential. Excellent legal research skills. Demonstrated ability to perform complex legal analytical work. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writing. Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure. Familiarity with criminal justice issues (i.e., as a criminal defense lawyer, formerly incarcerated person, or prosecutor) is desirable.
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