Job Details

Litigation Director

Company name

Disability Rights Center, Inc.

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Non-practicing Attorney

Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required

Location

Concord, NH

Date Last Verified

May 21,2018

Posted on

Jan 30,2018
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Litigation Director Duties: Develop, manage and supervise individual and systemic litigation: Identify litigation opportunities across the state. Ensure ongoing development of litigation on disability rights issues. Oversee all aspects of litigation activities, including investigation, research, discovery, motion practice, trial work, and appellate practice. Review pleadings, briefs, letters, presentations, and other attorney work product. Ensure that attorneys are seeking attorneys’ fees where appropriate. Maintain an active caseload of representation on behalf of people with disabilities on disability-related civil rights issues in state and federal court. Develop and expand collaborations with partner organizations and private firms in New Hampshire and across the country on litigation and other systems change efforts. In accordance with goals, priorities and in consultation with senior staff, determine cases to be opened and assigned to attorneys. Assist the Executive Director in developing and implementing priorities, including the development of litigation strategies, budgets and resource development. Support and supervise a team of experienced and newer attorneys. Ensure high quality representation by attorneys through regular case review, advocacy skills training, and other quality assurance mechanisms. Ensure legal work incorporates best practices. Contribute to the development and implementation of organization policies and procedures related to litigation, representation and related matters. Regularly report on casework, including contributing to reports to funders. Provide orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation of attorneys and others as assigned. Lead regular meetings of legal staff to discuss issues impacting people with disabilities and develop creative legal strategies. Work collaboratively with policy, outreach, and fiscal management staff on systems change efforts. Participate in traditional media appearances (TV and radio), social media activities, and other communication efforts, including drafting press releases and newsletters related to litigation. Stay current with relevant changes in state and federal law. Maintain continuing legal education requirements required by the NH Bar, and attends trainings to maintain and improve or refine advocacy skills and substantive knowledge.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree from an accredited law school; licensed to practice law in New Hampshire (at the time of hire or as soon as possible after hiring by taking the bar exam or through admission by waiver). 7+ years practicing law with 5+ years litigation experience, including experience in complex civil litigation. 3 years experience in providing direct supervision of attorneys engaged in litigation practice. Exceptional skills in drafting complex briefs, pleadings and motions, conducting depositions, and trial work. Commitment to enforcing and expanding the rights of people with disabilities across New Hampshire through individual and systemic litigation. Strong analytical and strategic skills and experience developing litigation strategies to advance the law and address systemic problems. Preferred: Passion about litigation and the use of litigation to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Experience with class action, major impact, or other systemic litigation. Experience in disability law, including, but not limited to Medicaid, special education, the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or other federal or state laws impacting people with disabilities.

Additional info

Send cover letter expressing interest in and qualifications; resume; description of significant state and federal cases litigated, including role in them; and a writing sample/brief (up to 30 pages).

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Disability Rights Center, Inc.
64 North Main Street
Suite 2, 3rd Floor
Concord, NH 03301-4913