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Civil Rights Attorney in Washington, DC

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Company name

Human Rights Campaign

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Civil Rights

Years of Experience

7-10 yrs required


Washington, DC

Date Last Verified

Jan 18,2018

Posted on

Dec 18,2017

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General Counsel The candidate will be responsible for ensuring compliance with and minimizing risk and liability under all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Will advice and counsel the President and Chief Operating Officer and the Chairs of the Boards of Directors of the HRC/HRC Foundation, and senior staff in matters including, but not limited to, management and employment/labor matters; real estate; political and electoral work and communications; tax and board governance issues arising between the corporate entities and programs; intellectual property including trademark, copyright and fair use; and risk management and cybersecurity. Recruit and supervise significant pro bono counsel resources and oversees paid specialty outside counsel to provide responsive, comprehensive and high quality legal services to all programs, activities and operations of the Human Rights Campaign, the PAC, and the HRC Foundation. Supervise the work on state compliance on lobbying, ballot measures and state elections performed part-time by staff counsel in the Legal department. Ensure that the Human Rights Campaign and affiliated PACs are complying with federal, state and local candidate election law, and laws governing state and local ballot measures. Oversee and/or review all necessary reports, including to the FEC, the House and Senate, and state and local agencies. Advise the Human Rights Campaign, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and the PACs on legal tax issues including maintaining the legal and fiscal integrity of the corporations. Provide advice and counsel on personnel issues, including managing from a perspective of supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce. Assist senior management with the management-labor relationship, including serving as counsel to the management negotiating team during union contract negotiations. Review organizational contracts, negotiate or renegotiate contract provisions, and draft contracts for consultants and project partnerships. Provide legal advice and counsel on intellectual property issues, including trademark registration licensing and protection, as well as managing fair use practices. Serve as lead counsel on matters regarding the leasing of space for business purposes. Advise the membership staff on membership activities including direct mail activities, telemarketing, door-to-door canvassing, prides, web site membership drives, partners program, house parties, member liaisons and local efforts, and brochures. Advise the development staff on activities including primary and secondary events, community events, the Federal Club, the Major Donor program, planned giving, corporate development, and Foundation work. Support the development of innovative partnerships, including sponsorship, commercial co-venture agreements and other relationships that add to organizational relationships. Support the creation of relationships with other entities through formal contracts or creation of new legal entities to advance programmatic work. Serve as counsel to the Boards of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, advising on corporate structures and board governance issues. Serve as corporate secretary to both HRC and the HRC Foundation, including maintaining corporate records. Manage at least one employee including, when applicable, interviewing, hiring, conducting performance reviews, coaching, motivating, and disciplining employees.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must have a Law degree (JD) from an accredited law school. Should have a D.C. Bar license or ability and willingness to immediately apply to waive into the D.C. Bar. Should have 7-10 years of full-time legal practice with a demonstrated familiarity with many if not all of the areas of practice listed in the areas of responsibilities. Strong preference for non-profit experience, including federal and state election law, federal and state tax law, contract negotiations, employment/labor law, exempt organizations law, and contracts law. Familiarity with intellectual property and real estate law helpful. Substantial experience supervising other attorneys, as well as experience in recruiting and working with pro bono law firm counsel is necessary. Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive) are required. Should have the ability to manage competing demands and work with non-attorneys on solution-oriented approach to issues presented while maintaining sense of humor is key.

Additional info

Ref: 307-928.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave.
Washington, DC 20036-3278