Staff Attorney [RFP-23]. ACLUF Reproductive Freedom Project, NY

National Offices, New York, NY
New York
July 20, 2017

Staff Attorney [RFP-23]
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, 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 cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a 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 ACLU seeks applicants for a two-year Staff Attorney position in its New York Office.

The Project’s mission is 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. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project 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, economic status or where they live, and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.

While this work is particularly critical now, the ACLU has been a leader in this area for more than three decades.  The ACLU has participated in nearly every reproductive rights case before the Supreme Court and in significant cases in federal and state courts too numerous to count, including challenges to abortion bans; TRAP laws; bans on Medicaid coverage of abortion; and mandatory ultrasound and forced delay laws. The ACLU is also a leader in the fight to prevent religion from being used as an excuse to deny reproductive health services and to discriminate against women and LGBT people.

The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights and justice organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of affiliates as well as other attorneys in the organization who specialize in other areas, including freedom of speech and religion, racial justice, and LGBT rights. In addition, the Reproductive Freedom Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes. The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive rights and justice, women’s rights, LGBT issues, disability rights, and freedom of religion and belief.


  • Litigate constitutional and statutory cases on a wide range of reproductive rights related issues in the trial and appellate courts, and in state and federal courts.
  • Conduct legal research and write legal memoranda.
  • Analyze legislation for potential litigation.
  • Develop new cases and identify and work with potential plaintiffs and witnesses.
  • Work with and advise the ACLU state affiliates on reproductive rights litigation, legislation, and advocacy.
  • Work closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, and advocacy staff members to advance reproductive rights and justice.
  • Develop relationships with other advocates, lawyers, and potential clients.
  • Engage in public speaking, including to the media, at conferences, and other speaking engagements.
  • Supervise paralegals, administrative assistants, legal fellows, and law students.
  • Travel as required for litigation, conferences, speaking engagements, and client development. 
  • 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 two to eight years of legal experience.  Individuals with significantly more experience are also encouraged to apply; salary and responsibilities will be adjusted accordingly.   
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with reproductive rights and other civil liberties issues is desirable; commitment to those issues is essential. 
  • Superior analytical skills and excellent research and writing skills are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly and persuasively are essential. 
  • 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.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.


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 three references, to:   - Reference [RFP-23/ACLU-W] in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please indicate where you learned of this job posting.

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