Job Details

State and Local Supervising Senior Staff Attorney

Company name

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jul 11,2019

Valid Through

Oct 24,2019

Posted on

May 13,2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 110000 to 125000 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Entertainment and New Media >> Entertainment and New Media
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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State and Local Supervising Senior Staff Attorney
The candidate will be developing and successfully implementing a new program within the firm to provide direct, on-the-ground legal services to support state and local journalism in select jurisdictions around the country, including managing jurisdiction-specific practice issues, identifying appropriate litigation and other projects to advance the goals of the program, setting performance benchmarks, and supervising the legal work of a growing number of attorneys located outside of Washington, D.C. Working with firm attorneys on-the-ground in jurisdictions around the country to litigate cases involving access to court records/proceedings and issues arising under state freedom of information laws, including the drafting of pleadings, motions and briefs; arguing motions, and negotiating with opposing counsel; Identifying and cultivating relationships with law firms and partner organizations to advance the goals of the program; Successfully integrating the program with the firm’s existing legal portfolio.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should preferably have 7 years of litigation experience with a law firm, nonprofit organization, or legal department of a news media company. Must be a member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to be admitted to the D.C. Bar by motion. Prior experience handling freedom of information, access to judicial records/proceedings, libel/defamation, and other news media matters is required. Prior experience providing pre-publication review/advice is strongly preferred. Must have significant, demonstrated experience managing litigation and supervising less-experienced attorneys. Should have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Additional info

Send a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a writing sample.

Company info

Katie Townsend
Legal Director
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1156 15th Street NW
Suite 1250
Washington, DC 20005

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