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Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney, Supreme Court Docket at ACLU

ACLU

Full-Time

Washington, DC, US

$80.000

26 Dec → 25 Jan

Expired

Job Description

ABOUT THE JOB

The ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney, Supreme Court Docket in the Legal Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY or Washington, DC*.

The ACLU’s Legal Director is responsible for all ACLU filings in the U.S. Supreme Court, whether they arise from the work of the National office or affiliates. The work includes petitions for certiorari, opposing petitions for certiorari, merits cases, emergency matters, and amicus briefs. In recent years, each term, the ACLU has been counsel in about 3-5 merits cases and has filed approximately 10-15 amicus briefs, and 3-5 certiorari petitions, and 5-7 oppositions. We also have an active practice in the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket” with rapid-response work on stay applications.

Reporting directly to the National Legal Director, the Staff Attorney/Senior Staff Attorney will work with the Legal Director on this litigation. This includes researching and writing briefs, working with affiliates and co-counsel, helping prepare for oral arguments, and tracking and strategizing about the ACLU’s Supreme Court work. In addition, the Staff Attorney will be a generalist in the National Legal Department, looking for opportunities to intervene in important civil liberties or civil rights cases in the courts of appeals, and working with other projects on litigation outside the US Supreme Court.
• Note: this position may be approved for remote work from a different U.S. location

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Co-counsel ACLU Supreme Court work, in conjunction with the Legal Director, and relevant co-counsel from the National department projects and/or affiliates;
• Draft, edit, and file briefs in U.S. Supreme Court on cutting-edge constitutional issues, either as amicus or as counsel for a party
• Participate in moot courts for Supreme Court and other arguments
• With the Legal Director, develop a strategy for the ACLU’s engagement in the Supreme Court, and help to coordinate and manage the Supreme Court docket and filing of briefs
• Identify cases of constitutional importance in the federal courts of appeals and state high courts for possible ACLU engagement, and participating in development and litigation of cases
• Engage in public speaking and articulating ACLU views to a variety of audiences
• Engage in public education about the ACLU’s Supreme Court work, including though the ACLU’s website, public speaking, media interviews, and other channels
• Supervise fellows, interns, and paralegals
• Collaborate with staff across the organization, including with projects in the ACLU’s Legal Department, the Communications Department, the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department, the National Political Advocacy Department, and state affiliates

In addition to:
• Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
• Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
• Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
• 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, disability and socio-economic circumstance
• Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
• J.D. degree required, at least three to six years of legal experience strongly preferred
• Experience and interest in appellate and constitutional litigation
• Excellent research, writing and oral advocacy skills
• Strong strategic and organizational skills
• Interest in working collaboratively, ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment
• Interest and commitment to mentoring interns and more junior staff
• Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
• Willingness to travel
• Admission to the bar of the state in which one will work is required

COMPENSATION

The ACLU has a litigator scale that determines pay for attorneys in our Legal Department. The range of salaries are the following, based on year of law school graduation (please consult the hiring manager for specific salary details, based on individual circumstances):
• 0-2 years since law school graduation: $85,000-$106,182
• 3-5 years since law school graduation: $118,927-$140,309
• 6-10 years since law school graduation: $146,732- $165,531
• 11-15 years since law school graduation: $168,627-$178,198
• 16-20 years since law school graduation: $179,880-$184,512
• 21-25 years since law school graduation: $185,447-$189,246
• 26-30+ years since law school graduation: $190,158- $193,860

These salaries are reflective of positions based in New York, NY. The salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.

ABOUT THE ACLU

The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked 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 LGBTQ+ 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.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

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, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Job Responsibilities

  • This includes researching and writing briefs, working with affiliates and co-counsel, helping prepare for oral arguments, and tracking and strategizing about the ACLU’s Supreme Court work
  • In addition, the Staff Attorney will be a generalist in the National Legal Department, looking for opportunities to intervene in important civil liberties or civil rights cases in the courts of appeals, and working with other projects on litigation outside the US Supreme Court
  • Co-counsel ACLU Supreme Court work, in conjunction with the Legal Director, and relevant co-counsel from the National department projects and/or affiliates;
  • Draft, edit, and file briefs in U.S
  • Participate in moot courts for Supreme Court and other arguments
  • With the Legal Director, develop a strategy for the ACLU’s engagement in the Supreme Court, and help to coordinate and manage the Supreme Court docket and filing of briefs
  • Identify cases of constitutional importance in the federal courts of appeals and state high courts for possible ACLU engagement, and participating in development and litigation of cases
  • Engage in public speaking and articulating ACLU views to a variety of audiences
  • Engage in public education about the ACLU’s Supreme Court work, including though the ACLU’s website, public speaking, media interviews, and other channels
  • Supervise fellows, interns, and paralegals
  • Collaborate with staff across the organization, including with projects in the ACLU’s Legal Department, the Communications Department, the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department, the National Political Advocacy Department, and state affiliates
  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Experience and interest in appellate and constitutional litigation

  • Excellent research, writing and oral advocacy skills

  • Strong strategic and organizational skills

  • Interest in working collaboratively, ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment

  • Interest and commitment to mentoring interns and more junior staff

  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU

  • Willingness to travel

  • Admission to the bar of the state in which one will work is required

  • 3-5 years since law school graduation: $118,927-$140,309

Benefits/What We offer

  • 0-2 years since law school graduation: $85,000-$106,182

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