Job Details


Company name

Protect Democracy Project

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

May 20, 2020

Valid Through

Sep 02, 2020

Posted on

Oct 10, 2018

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
  Employer Sponsored Job (Free to apply to)


The candidate will be responsible for driving our legal strategies in areas that are relevant to our core mission. Will develop and execute creative litigation, oversight, and legal policy strategies. Manage all aspects of legal projects, including partnering with and managing law firms providing pro bono assistance, drawing on our expert and advisory networks for guidance and support, and supervising law students in our affiliated Harvard Law School clinic. Will be responsible for the following types of work: Developing and proposing topics and priorities for litigation, oversight, or other legal projects consistent with our mission, in coordination with the rest of the team. Researching and devising innovative legal arguments and potential litigation approaches, and serving as creative thought leaders on subjects within mission. Managing affirmative impact litigation, including developing relationships with clients and co-counsel and working with experts and advisors. Drafting and editing pleadings and motions; handling discovery, witness interviews, and depositions; authoring appellate and amicus briefs; arguing motions and cases in court. Coordinating with communications team to educate the public on legal matters and build support for legal strategies. Coordinating with policy and advocacy teams to develop and advance new legal and policy approaches for protecting democracy, including work with the private sector, other NGOs, the Hill, the legal profession, and scholars of law and democracy. Developing strategies for conducting oversight and investigations, including overseeing preparation and submission of FOIA requests; devising strategies to ensure appropriate checks and balances from other oversight organizations (e.g., IGs, Hill, OSC, NGOs); and creating legal tools and strategies to protect and assist government whistleblowers.

Qualification and Experience

A Bar membership in good standing in jurisdiction of residence and ability and willingness to waive into DC or other places as required. Should have experience (or the potential to develop rapid proficiency in) conducting relevant legal work, including experience in constitutional and administrative litigation; experience conducting affirmative impact litigation; handling legal policy or oversight in or around federal government; experience with FOIA; experience with government ethics, civil service protection, and democracy-protection laws (note: candidates need not have experience in all of these areas but should have familiarity with some of them and ability to quickly get up to speed in the others). Must have exceptional writing skills for materials intended for both legal and non-legal audiences. Should have entrepreneurial approach and the ability to create, initiate and direct creative workstreams. Must have deep and demonstrated commitment to the mission of protecting democracy.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Protect Democracy Project
2020 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20006

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