Legal Director-ACLU of Tennessee
- Manage all aspects of the legal docket; conduct and oversee complex litigation in Federal and State court in civil rights and constitutional cases, including overseeing all aspects of discovery, motion practice, briefs, trials, appellate work, and amicus briefing;
- Recruit and collaborate with volunteer attorneys to build the ACLU’s docket by engaging them in ACLU sponsored litigation, including research, brief writing, depositions, and trial work. Ensure that volunteer attorneys and legal interns are well trained in substantive areas of the law, sound legal practice, and organizational operations;
- Supervise the paralegal and potentially additional legal staff budget-permitting;
- Research civil liberties issues and draft legal memoranda, and demand letters;
- Ensure that legal program adheres to highest standards of legal and professional ethics;
- Collaborate internally with the Communications, Public Policy, and Development departments to advance the ACLU’s priority campaigns ensuring maximum media exposure, coordinating policy and legal advocacy tactics, and developing financial resources to grow.
- Develop and maintain relationships with our partners including the legal staff at the National ACLU, other affiliates, legal services agencies, and law firms;
- Keep the Executive Director informed of significant legal developments; consult with the Executive Director on priority and complex issues and resource requirements;
- Engage in public speaking, articulating the ACLU’s views to the public on a broad range of issues;
- As part of senior leadership team, assist Executive Director in building strong team spirit, create professional growth opportunities and foster a work environment that encourages independent judgment and values self-starters;
- Monitor annual litigation budget and expenses throughout the year, seeking adjustments as needed, ensuring bottom-line budget–to-actual performance;
- JD from an accredited law school; at least 5 years practice as a litigator, with trial and appellate experience in federal courts, particularly complex litigation of constitutional issues. Experience in non-profit advocacy or other community-based groups is also valuable.
- Licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee (or licensed in another state and qualified to apply for admission in Tennessee);
- Exceptional analytical, writing, and speaking skills.
- Substantive knowledge of constitutional law and civil liberties issues as well as the ability to think creatively and to use non-litigation strategies to promote objectives;
- Demonstrated commitment to the preservation and vigorous enforcement of civil liberties and firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU.
- Demonstrated leadership skills, including supervising legal staff and coordinating with both internal and external partners.
- Superb organization skills with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
- A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
- Willingness to work beyond 9 to 5 workday, with occasional travel required for national and statewide meetings.
- Sense of humor in order to maintain perspective and balance
RE: Legal Director
P.O. Box 120160
Nashville, TN 37212.