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What You’ll Do

You’ll help us protect and advance the rights of all North Carolinians by:

● Investigating, developing, and litigating high-impact civil rights cases in federal and state courts to protect and expand the constitutional rights of North Carolinians. This includes conducting effective community outreach to impacted people; investigating possible civil rights violations; drafting and filing correspondence, pleadings, motions, and briefs; conducting written and oral discovery; negotiating and enforcing settlements; and, presenting oral argument and evidence in hearings and trials.

● Developing and implementing non-litigation advocacy campaigns in partnership with colleagues and coalition partners who are not lawyers.

● Organizing and leading community education events and trainings to advance our strategic priorities.

● Providing expert legal analysis of legislation and legal research and strategy assistance in support of campaigns.

● Working with non-lawyer staff and coalition partners to implement multi-faceted advocacy campaigns.

● Representing the ACLU of North Carolina in coalition spaces.

● Preparing summaries and reports of legal issues and cases for the public, as well as ACLU membership, staff, and leadership.

● Serving as a spokesperson for the ACLU of North Carolina at public forums, meetings, and in the media.

● Providing administrative support in recruiting and managing interns and legal fellows as needed. Occasional other administrative support is required of all team members as needed.

● Engaging in occasional travel, and occasionally working evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.

What You’ll Do

You’ll help us protect and advance the rights of all North Carolinians by:

● Investigating, developing, and litigating high-impact civil rights cases in federal and state courts to protect and expand the constitutional rights…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

USD 60,600 - USD 90,800The salary range for this position is from $60,600 to $90,800, depending on experience.

Benefits

Excellent benefits include health insurance, a 401K plan, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Salary and benefits may be modified subject to a collective bargaining agreement.

Excellent benefits include health insurance, a 401K plan, and paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Salary and benefits may be modified subject to a collective bargaining…

Level of Language Proficiency

Who You Are

The ideal candidate will be ready to hit the ground running to expand the organization’s work as a leading advocate for the civil rights of North Carolinians. Other requirements and preferences include:

●    J.D. degree required.

●    At least 3 years of law practice is preferred. Significant complex civil litigation experience, especially experience litigating civil rights cases, is strongly preferred.

●    Membership in good standing with the North Carolina Bar or admission to the North Carolina Bar within one year of hire is required.

●    Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines while managing a docket that includes multiple cases in various stages of active litigation is strongly preferred. The ability to proactively communicate as part of a team, ask for support, and delegate as needed to ensure all work is completed on time, is critical in this role.

●    Demonstrated ability to participate in all stages of complex litigation, from initial investigation through trial and appeal, and readiness to take a leading role in cases is strongly preferred. Successful applicants will be able to identify both well-established and novel legal theories and build cases to advance state and federal constitutional jurisprudence on behalf of marginalized communities.

●    Demonstrated commitment to the civil liberties mission and social justice principles of the ACLU is required, especially in one or more of the ACLU of North Carolina's strategic priority areas: racial justice, immigrants’ rights, criminal law reform, gender equity, reproductive freedom, or LGBTQIA+ equality. “Demonstrated commitment” can include, but is not limited to, prior employment. It can also include significant experience in law school clinics or other volunteer efforts, such as unpaid activism or pro bono work.

●    Experience working with diverse and marginalized communities is strongly preferred, including work with immigrant, incarcerated, and/or low-income people, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ people.

●    Ability to consistently draft written work products that meet deadlines, reflect thorough legal research, is self-edited, and contains concise, up-to-date analysis of the law is required.

●    Demonstrated ability to make successful arguments to courts based on established law, to develop creative legal theories, and to write clearly and persuasively is required.

●    Demonstrated personal commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion is required, including a personal approach that values individual lived experience and respects differences of race, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstances.

●    Ability to think creatively and to use non-litigation strategies to promote objectives is strongly preferred, including building coalitions with ally organizations, engaging in public advocacy, and working under the leadership of non-lawyers and directly impacted people. High levels of emotional intelligence, humility, personal accountability, and well-developed listening skills are required in this role to successfully build relationships with clients, co-counsel, and coalition partners.

●    Commitment to working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and conflicts is required.

●    Fluency in Spanish is a plus but not required.

●    Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, are required.

Who You Are

The ideal candidate will be ready to hit the ground running to expand the organization’s work as a leading advocate for the civil rights of North Carolinians. Other…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Raleigh, NC
Associated Location
Raleigh, NC, USA

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Instructions:

Applications should include a cover letter that explains your specific interest in litigating complex civil rights cases in North Carolina and addresses why, based on your experience, you will be an effective advocate for social justice in this setting.

Your application should also include your resume, one legal writing sample (no more than 15 pages, with a strong preference that you provide us with an example of something you filed in court), and a list of at least three professional references, including at least one who has directly supervised your legal work. Your writing sample should be something that you primarily authored and edited, without significant drafting or editing by others.

Please send all materials in a single PDF file to HR@acluofnc.org. To facilitate our review, your emails should have the subject line: “[Your last name] 2021 Staff

Attorney Application.” We will review applications on a rolling basis beginning

August 2, 2021,  until the position is filled.

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