Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney [RFP-29], Reproductive Freedom Project , NY

National Offices, New York, NY
New York
December 13, 2018

Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney, Reproductive Freedom Project [RFP-29]

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Reproductive Freedom Project, NY

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.



The Reproductive Freedom Project of the American Civil Liberties Union seeks applicants for a full-time Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney position at its headquarters in New York.

A part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, the Reproductive Freedom Project strives to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child and where all people have the resources and tools to access the health care they need to effectuate these decisions. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the ACLU strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth, immigration or economic status or where they live, and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.

For four decades, the ACLU has been a leader in the efforts to reduce the barriers around abortion and ensure that every person has access to safe, affordable abortion care in their communities.  The ACLU has participated in nearly every reproductive rights case before the Supreme Court and in hundreds of significant cases in federal and state courts too numerous to count. The ACLU is unique among organizations working in this field in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of affiliates as well as attorneys in the organization who specialize in other areas, including freedom of speech and religion, immigrants’ rights, racial justice, and LGBT rights.

The Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney will be a core member of a collaborative, dedicated team working at the forefront in a critical moment for the reproductive rights movement.  



Primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Litigate constitutional and statutory cases on reproductive rights issues in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.
  • Develop new cases and identify and work with potential plaintiffs and expert and fact witnesses.
  • Analyze legislation to assist advocacy staff in lobbying efforts and to identify potential litigation. 
  • Develop collaborative partnerships with other advocates, health care providers, and other partners.
  • Engage in public speaking, including to the media, at conferences and other speaking engagements.
  • Supervise and mentor more junior members of the project staff.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.



  • J.D. degree and at least eight (8) years of legal experience, including deposition and trial experience. Individuals with significantly more experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Those with ten or more years of experience will have the title Senior Staff Attorney.   
  • If not currently admitted to the New York Bar, candidate must be admitted to the bar of another state and agree to become admitted to the New York Bar within one year of hire. 
  • Excellent legal analytical and research skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly and persuasively. 
  • Self-motivated, diligent and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure. 
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment, working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and conflicts.
  • Familiarity with reproductive rights and other civil liberties issues is desirable but not required; commitment to those issues is essential.



The ACLU offers a generous compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.  


Please send a cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample (either a legal memo or a section of a legal brief), and the names and contact information for three references, to: Reference [RFP-29/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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