Staff Attorney-ACLUF National Security Project, New York

February 11, 2014

CAREER OPPORTUNITY
STAFF ATTORNEY [LGLF-38]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
NATIONAL SECURITY PROJECT, NY

For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country.  Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.  

The National Security Project of the ACLU’s National office in New York City seeks applications for a full-time Staff Attorney position.

OVERVIEW

The National Security Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including the values of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States’ commitment to human rights and the rule of law.  The Center for Democracy includes, in addition to the National Security Project, the Human Rights Project and the Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology. 

The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. The Project believes that our nation’s core democratic values are the foundation of its strength and security, and that our government’s response to national security concerns must comport with those values.  Through litigation and advocacy strategies, the National Security Project responds to specific government measures, and strives also to educate the public and shape the law so that the courts, Congress, and citizenry can serve as an enduring check against abuse. 

The National Security Project’s litigation and advocacy focuses on issues including: government surveillance, targeted killing, unlawful detention, accountability for torture, discrimination, censorship, and secrecy.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Staff Attorney will report to the Director of the National Security Project and should be prepared to contribute to all aspects of the Project’s litigation and non-litigation work, including but not limited to:

  • Litigating and managing national security/civil liberties cases in the trial and appellate courts through legal and factual research, writing pleadings and briefs, and working with clients and witnesses.
  • Developing new cases and non-litigation advocacy projects.
  • Serving as a resource for ACLU legislative and policy staff at the federal and state level, and advancing ACLU policy goals through public education and organizing and participating in coalitions.
  • Developing and writing advocacy materials for expert and lay audiences.
  • Engaging in public speaking, including to the media and at conferences for expert and lay audiences.
  • Working in collaboration with other members of the National Security Project, and other ACLU legal and non-legal staff, particularly legislative, communications and advocacy staff members.
  • Supervising legal fellows and law students.
     

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • J.D. degree and a minimum of three years of litigation experience are required.
  • Experience litigating cases involving national security and civil liberties issues is preferred; commitment to these issues is essential.
  • Experience litigating immigration cases is preferred, but not required.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest generally and civil liberties in particular.
  • Demonstrably excellent legal research, writing, and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to engage in complex legal analysis and fact investigation in impact litigation, policy and legislative advocacy settings, sometimes under tight deadlines.
  • Proven project management and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, pay attention to detail, and meet deadlines while under pressure.
  • Ability to foster and contribute to a collaborative team environment is essential.
     

COMPENSATION

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

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in our work; a resume; two references; and two writing samples unedited by others, at least one of which should be a legal research memo, brief, or article.  Applicants who graduated from law school within the last six years should include their law school transcript. 

Please send materials to hrjobsNSP@aclu.org and reference [RE:  LGLF-38/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to National Security Project postings.  In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. 

Alternatively applications can be mailed to:

National Security Project
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
RE: [LGLF-38/ACLU-W]
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

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

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required.  It does not represent a contract of employment.  The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.    The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.  

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact HRJobsINCLReq@aclu.org. Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed.  Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation.  Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees.  The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties.  This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

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