Job Details

Staff Attorney

Company name

American Civil Liberties Union

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jul 31,2018

Posted on

Jan 12,2018

Years of Experience

2-3 yrs required


New York City, NY
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Staff Attorney Responsibilities: Will initially work on significant constitutional and statutory litigation and policy advocacy on a range of national security matters, and may be called upon to work on other the union issues as needs arise. Will report to the Director of the National Security Project and will have the ability to contribute to all aspects of the Project’s litigation and non-litigation work, including: Litigate and manage national security and civil liberties cases in the trial and appellate courts through legal and factual research, writing pleadings and briefs, and working with clients and witnesses. Develop new cases and non-litigation advocacy projects. Serve as a resource for the union legislative and policy staff at the federal and state level, and advancing the union policy goals through public education and organizing and participating in coalitions. Develop and write advocacy materials for expert and lay audiences. Engage in public speaking, including to the media and at conferences for expert and lay audiences. Work in collaboration with other members of the National Security Project, and other the union legal and non-legal staff, particularly legislative, communications and advocacy staff. Supervise legal fellows, law students, paralegals, legal administrative assistants, and interns. 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: A JD Degree is required, and membership in the New York State Bar is preferred. If the candidate is not already admitted to practice in New York, admission to the New York Bar is required within one year of hire. 2-3 years of litigation experience is required. Experience litigating constitutional and statutory matters involving national security and civil liberties issues in federal court is preferred; a commitment to these issues is essential. Ideal candidates will have experience with minority communities harmed by discriminatory national security policies and practices, either through personal connection and history or through work experience Demonstrated commitment to public interest generally and civil liberties in particular. Demonstrably excellent legal research, writing, verbal communication, and community outreach skills. Ability to engage in complex legal analysis and fact investigation in impact litigation, policy, and legislative advocacy settings, sometimes under tight deadlines. Proven project management and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, pay attention to detail, and meet deadlines while under pressure. Ability to foster and contribute to a collaborative team environment is essential. Prior supervisory experience is preferred.

Additional info

Send a resume; two references; and, 2 writing samples unedited by others, 1 of which should be a legal research memo, brief, or article. Graduated from law school within the last six years should include their law school transcript.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street
19th Floor
New York City, NY 10004

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