Two-Year Staff Attorney [RFP-26]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Reproductive Freedom Project, NY
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We are seeking applicants for a two-year Staff Attorney position at the Reproductive Freedom Project in our 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 or immigration status or where they live, and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations. 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. The ACLU is particularly focused on protecting and expanding access to abortion through innovative legal challenges, including challenges to federal regulations; 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.
- Litigate high impact cases on a range of reproductive rights issues in trial and appellate courts in both state and federal courts.
- Develop new cases and identify and work with potential plaintiffs and witnesses.
- Analyze legislation for potential litigation.
- Work with and advise ACLU state affiliates on litigation, legislation, and advocacy.
- Develop relationships with other advocates, lawyers, and potential clients.
- Engage in public speaking, including to the media and at conferences.
- 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.
- Familiarity with reproductive rights 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.
- Demonstrated 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 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.
HOW TO APPLY
cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample (either a legal memo or a section of a legal brief), and three references, to: hrjobsRFP@aclu.org - Reference [RFP-26/ACLU-W] in the subject line
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