Job Details

Senior Staff Attorney

Company name

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Michigan

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jun 16, 2020

Valid Through

Sep 29, 2020

Posted on

Apr 07, 2020

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 75000 to 85000 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Detroit, MI, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Civil Rights >> Civil Rights
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Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney
Responsibilities: Identify, investigate, develop and litigate high-impact civil rights and civil liberties cases in federal and state court. Identify and recruit plaintiffs, conduct factual investigation and legal research, prepare memoranda, write demand letters, draft pleadings and briefs, conduct discovery, argue motions, try cases, write appellate briefs and amicus curiae briefs, and negotiate and oversee implementation of judgments and settlement agreements. Supervise, lead, or staff litigation teams of associated attorneys; co-counsel cases with other public interest groups and the national staff. Contribute to case selection, formulating legal strategy, and identifying the litigation priorities. Recruit and work successfully with volunteer attorneys. Work with local lawyers committees to screen and develop promising cases and facilitate and support the effective functioning of those committees. Leadership, Public Advocacy and Teamwork. Serve as a public spokesperson. Respond to interview requests from reporters, write editorials and blogs, contribute to social media, and appear at speaking engagements. Work with staff to implement integrated advocacy campaigns and high-impact strategies utilizing the communication, legislative, community organizing and legal programs. Engage with coalition partners, policymakers, and community groups working on similar issues. Demonstrate leadership by initiating cases, projects and programs that are sensitive to community needs, are inclusive, and expand the network of supporters. Recruit and supervise law students and interns. Proactively communicate with all staff so they are well-informed of upcoming hearings, judicial decisions, and important developments in the legal department. Ensure that the Legal Director and Executive Directors are adequately informed of work and solicit direction and input appropriately and consistent with professional standards. Prepare administrative and grant reports, provide administrative and organizational support as needed, and adhere to internal systems for attorney recordkeeping and information sharing.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree with litigation experience or a judicial clerkship. A strong understanding of, and demonstrated commitment to, civil rights and civil liberties. Exceptional skills in legal research, writing and analysis. Must be a member of the State Bar of Michigan, pass the next bar examination, or waive in from any state where have practiced for three of the past 5 years. Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil liberties issues. Demonstrated ability to litigate independently, jointly and under pressure. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with both legal and non-legal audiences. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with community organizations and coalitions. A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction. Experience working with vulnerable or impacted communities, including but not limited to immigrants, incarcerated people, or indigent populations. Creative, result-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, and able to manage an aggressive schedule, working beyond 9 to 5 as needed. Willingness to travel across the state for litigation, local lawyers committee meetings and speaking engagements. Proficiency with computers, particularly Windows, Microsoft Office, and Westlaw.

Additional info

Send detailed letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and contact information for 3 references.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Michigan
2966 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201