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Senior Director, National Litigation

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Company Anti-Defamation League. Location Phoenix, AZ, United States

Public Interest


Min 5 yrs required



Nov 16, 2022

Mar 01, 2023

Oct 01, 2022


Senior Director, National Litigation
The candidate will report to the Senior Vice President, Democracy Initiatives. Develop and oversee a litigation program for the League, significantly augmenting the advocacy tools already in place for countering antisemitism, fighting domestic extremism and combating online hate. Build and implement a strategic plan for litigation at the League and for the marshaling and oversight of the necessary resources, including lawyers. Those legal resources will include staff lawyers with litigation experience, law firms willing to donate pro bono time, and volunteer the League leaders across the country who are attorneys. Draw upon the League's experts on antisemitism, extremism, and online hate research. Develop and run a strategic litigation program best suited to the League and the furtherance of its priorities, creating and executing a plan to yield a near-term docket and a longer-term litigation program and pipeline for cases. Leverage the League's assets (reputation, regional offices, volunteer lawyer lay leaders across the country, deep subject matter expertise, law firms eager for pro bono work, etc.) to develop and execute the League litigation program. Develop and nurture the League's existing network of volunteer leaders and law firms that can provide pro bono representation as co-counsel with the League. Develop criteria and a process for choosing litigation. Play a key role in promoting the League's ability to litigate to key stakeholders, including but not limited to promoting the League as the "go-to" organization for municipalities that experience a violent extremist event. Work across the organization to leverage the League's communications, field (regional) offices, education, law enforcement, market reform and legislative teams to amplify the goals of the litigation. Provide strategic litigation advice and guidance to senior leadership, the League's civil rights and policy staff, and the League's regional offices across the United States, particularly on issues related to antisemitism, online hate and domestic extremism. Prepare and deliver presentations about the League litigation on antisemitism, extremism, online hate and harassment and threats to democracy to a wide variety of audiences. Respond, as appropriate, to legal inquiries from internal and external sources, including other the League staff, volunteer leaders, constituents, coalition partners, and government officials. Cultivate relationships with other key public interest litigation organizations, seeking opportunities to partner in cases, and represent the League at coalition meetings. Work with the League's Communications & Digital Department to create and review relevant materials and social media posts to promote the cases and litigation ability. Assist in the preparation of grant applications and grant reports for foundations and other funders. Should have a J.D. degree. Must have substantial and demonstrable experience creating/managing/driving litigation/litigation programs relevant to the type of program the League seeks to create. Should be an entrepreneurial leader with experience developing and implementing a successful strategy for impact litigation. Demonstrated experience or interest in a relevant field of public interest law, such as civil rights, would be preferred. Successful development of, or a leadership position in, a litigation shop such as leading a law firm's pro bono practice or building a litigation unit or practice in a civil rights or similar nonprofit, is also preferred.

Additional info

Job ID: 2022-1957. Submit a cover letter and resume.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Anti-Defamation League.
Washington, DC 20071

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