Equal Justice Attorney
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mass. - Boston, MA

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The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Massachusetts (ACLUM), a state affiliate of the national ACLU, seeks an attorney with significant legal and field organizing experience for a full-time attorney position in its Boston office.

ACLUM's attorneys litigate federal and state cases, at the trial and appellate levels, raising civil liberties and civil rights issues. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1920, ACLUM is one of the nation's oldest defenders of civil rights and liberties. The office is collegial, and the work is both challenging and rewarding.

Job Description

The Equal Justice Attorney will be responsible for developing and litigating high-impact cases that will advance civil liberties and civil rights. The work will involve all stages of litigation advocacy, including evidence-based opportunity mapping, community-based organizing, legal research, discovery, and motion practice, drafting pleadings and briefs, and making court appearances. The attorney will also engage in non-litigation advocacy, such as public speaking and education, working with community organizations, meeting with public officials, giving media interviews, on-line social networking, and writing blogs and article, and representing the ACLU in various coalitions and before community groups.

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Massachusetts (ACLUM), a state affiliate of the national ACLU, seeks an attorney with significant legal and field organizing experience for a full-time attorney position in its Boston office.

ACLUM's attorneys litigate federal and state cases, at the trial and appellate levels, raising civil liberties and civil rights issues. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1920, ACLUM is one of the nation's oldest defenders of civil rights and liberties. The office is collegial, and the work is both challenging and rewarding.

Job Description

The Equal Justice Attorney will be responsible for developing and litigating high-impact cases that will advance civil liberties and civil rights. The work will involve all stages of litigation advocacy, including evidence-based opportunity mapping, community-based organizing, legal research, discovery, and motion practice, drafting pleadings and briefs, and making court appearances. The attorney will also engage in non-litigation advocacy, such as public speaking and education, working with community organizations, meeting with public officials, giving media interviews, on-line social networking, and writing blogs and article, and representing the ACLU in various coalitions and before community groups.

The Equal Justice attorney should anticipate working on many issues, with particular focus on the police practices, over-incarceration, racial & ethnic equality, equal access to education, criminal justice, and police misconduct.

The Equal Justice Attorney will report to and work closely with ACLUM's legal director, with other full-time attorneys on staff with ACLUM, lay leaders, law student interns, and with volunteer attorneys who are co-counsel on many of ACLUM's cases. The attorney will also work closely with the ACLUM's Field Director, Communication Directors and organizers to provide outreach and empowerment training to traditionally underserved communities,

Qualifications

Applicants should have at least six years of legal defense and/or civil rights litigation experience, as well as proven experience with organizing and advocacy in traditionally underserved communities. Other qualifications include:
  • ability to litigate independently and under pressure;
  • excellent writing, oral advocacy, and analytical skills;
  • a strong commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and the ACLU's mission;
  • strategic thinking about litigation and non-litigation tactics;
  • ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations and coalitions; and
  • membership in the Massachusetts Bar (or a willingness to become a member before joining ACLUM);
  • Spanish-language or other language skills highly desirable;
  • on-line social media expertise across a range of platforms;
  • ability to work nights and weekends as required;
  • expectation of extensive work-related travel across the state.
Compensation

Salary is based on experience and competitive with other nonprofit legal organizations. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation and medical insurance for staff members and their dependents and domestic partners.

Application

Please email a resume, list of references, and writing sample, along with a cover letter, to equaljusticeatty@aclum.org . No calls or faxes, please.

ACLUM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and GLBT persons to apply.

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