Legal Counsel, Latin America
Responsibilities: Conduct in-depth and high-quality legal work. Draft scholarly articles, present at conferences, and conduct training events. Draft legal documents and memorandums and, where appropriate, advise others. Engage in oral and written advocacy at the OAS, Inter American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter American Court of Human Rights. Identify cases which could further our mission and help draw together, as appropriate, potential clients, external lawyers, and other supporting professionals. Develop strategies to identify and support cases which will secure positive precedents at the highest available courts and institutions. Advise allied lawyers on legal issues within areas of competence. Engage with ambassadors, parliamentarians, civil servants and members of the legal profession. Foster relationships at the highest levels within the OAS and with government officials, judges, etc. Build coalitions alongside allies to promote the sanctity of life, marriage and the family, and religious freedom. Build a growing alliance of lawyers, law students, church leaders, public intellectuals, NGO leaders, business leaders, academics, diplomats, policy makers and law makers to advance the mission in Latin America. Cooperate with the Development team, including on speaking engagements and other Ministry Friend events. Interact with the media regarding cases and issues through op-eds, commentaries, and interviews on radio or television in support of our mission. Build relationships with Washington DC-based organizations that engage in related human rights work. Support allies in Latin America through funding, training, and development of legal strategies.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree or equivalent, licensed to practice law in relevant jurisdiction. 1-3 years of legal experience, especially in the international human rights law and international law. Academic excellence. Knowledge of and experience with: Key threats to life, marriage and the family, and religious freedom in the Latin American and international context, with an understanding of the key debates on these topics. Political affairs in the Latin American states and broader region Running successful advocacy campaigns Demonstrated proficiency in: Legal analysis, research, and writing. Alliance-building, networking, and relationship development. Capacity to handle multiple complex matters working with a multi-disciplinary team. Public speaking. Communicating effectively, both written and orally, cross-culturally. Ability to: Write and speak with excellence in English and Spanish. Apply self-initiative in furtherance of our mission and agreed objectives, and pushing for the completion of projects. Develop and maintain key relationships with allies and alliance partners. Engage in debates and countering arguments “on your feet”. Work with church leaders from a variety of denominational backgrounds.