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Knight/State and Local Supervising Senior Staff Attorney

Company name

Media Law Resource Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Jun 07,2019

Valid Through

Sep 20,2019

Posted on

Apr 18,2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 110000 to 125000 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 7 yrs required

Location

Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Entertainment and New Media >> Entertainment and New Media
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Knight/State and Local Supervising Senior Staff Attorney
The candidate will be responsible for successfully launching and overseeing the program, including directly supervising the work of what will be a growing team of attorneys located in different jurisdictions. Must have significant experience representing journalists and news organizations in litigation involving access to judicial records/proceedings, freedom of information, libel, and other newsgathering and First Amendment matters, as well as management/supervisory experience. Report to the Legal Director. Developing and successfully implementing a new program within the Reporters Committee to provide direct, on-the-ground legal services to support state and local journalism in select jurisdictions around the country, including managing jurisdiction-specific practice issues, identifying appropriate litigation and other projects to advance the goals of the program, setting performance benchmarks, and supervising the legal work of a growing number of attorneys located outside of Washington, D.C. Working with Reporters Committee attorneys on-the-ground in jurisdictions around the country to litigate cases involving access to court records/proceedings and issues arising under state freedom of information laws, including the drafting of pleadings, motions and briefs; arguing motions, and negotiating with opposing counsel. Identifying and cultivating relationships with law firms and partner organizations to advance the goals of the program. Successfully integrating the program with the Reporters Committee's existing legal portfolio.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should preferably have 7+ years of litigation experience with a law firm, nonprofit organization, or legal department of a news media company. Must be a member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to be admitted to the D.C. Bar by motion. Prior experience handling freedom of information, access to judicial records/proceedings, libel/defamation, and other news media matters is required. Prior experience providing pre-publication review/advice is strongly preferred. Must have significant, demonstrated experience managing litigation and supervising less-experienced attorneys. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Must have strong leadership skills and be able to simultaneously successfully develop and lead an innovative legal program and supervise the legal work of junior attorneys. Must have good judgment and the highest level of professional integrity.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Media Law Resource Center
80 Eighth Avenue
Suite 200
New York City, NY 10011

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