Senior Staff Attorney
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ACLU

1,001-5,000 employees

Non-profit organization advocating for civil rights and liberties.
Company Overview
The ACLU stands out as a leading non-profit organization committed to defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Its culture is deeply rooted in action, with a focus on tackling the most pressing civil rights and liberties challenges through nationwide litigation, advocacy, and public education. The ACLU's competitive advantage lies in its Systemic Equality agenda, which actively works to end discriminatory policies and practices that disproportionately impact Black communities, thereby fostering a more equitable society.
Social Impact

Company Stage

Seed

Total Funding

$120K

Founded

1920

Headquarters

New York, New York

Growth & Insights
Headcount

6 month growth

2%

1 year growth

5%

2 year growth

11%
Locations
Jackson, MS, USA
Experience Level
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Legal & Compliance
Requirements
  • J.D. with at least four years of experience, including federal court litigation experience, preferably with experience litigating federal civil rights and civil liberties cases
  • If not already barred in Mississippi, candidate must pass or waive into the Mississippi bar
  • A strong understanding of, and demonstrated commitment to, civil liberties, civil rights and the mission of the ACLU
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil liberties issues
  • Demonstrated skills in litigating independently, jointly, and under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with both legal and non-legal audiences
  • Demonstrated skills in legal analysis, research, and strategic thinking
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with community organizations and coalitions
  • Creative, result-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, and able to manage an aggressive schedule, working beyond 9-5 as needed
  • Willingness to travel across the state for litigation and engagements
  • A background in criminal law and/or civil rights is preferred, but not mandatory
Responsibilities
  • Legal
  • Investigate, develop and litigate impact civil liberties and civil rights cases in federal and state court
  • Identify and recruit plaintiffs, conduct factual and legal research, prepare memorandums, write demand letters, draft pleadings and briefs, conduct discovery, argue motions, try cases, write appellate briefs and amicus briefs
  • Supervise, lead, or participate in a team of associated attorneys; co-counsel cases with other public interest groups and the national staff
  • Recruit and work successfully with ACLU volunteer attorneys. Comment on and edit letters and briefs of co-counsel and other ACLU staff
  • Work with partners to screen and develop promising cases
  • Recruit and supervise law students and interns
  • Proactively communicate with all staff so they are well-informed of upcoming hearings, judicial decisions, and important developments in the legal arena
  • Ensure that the Legal and Executive Directors are adequately informed of work and solicit direction and input appropriately and consistent with professional standards
  • Prepare administrative and grant reports, provide administrative and organizational support as needed, and adhere to internal systems for attorney recordkeeping and information sharing
  • Supervision: The Senior Staff Attorney will report to the Legal Director, who is responsible for implementation of the statewide legal program