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Race & First Amendment Special Counsel

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The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative—to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just criminal justice system.

LDF seeks an experienced attorney to join our litigation and policy teams to focus on issues pertaining to the intersection of First Amendment rights and racial discrimination. This attorney will work with LDF attorneys in the Litigation Department to investigate and litigate cases and matters involving governmental censorship and viewpoint discrimination about historic and present-day racial discrimination and governmental infringement on the right to protest, especially protests against racial injustices. This attorney will also work with LDF’s Policy Department to address the rise of anti-democratic and ahistorical legislative actions at the state and local levels.

Subject to LDF’s prior approval, this position may have the option to be remote until Friday, December 31, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Litigating and conducting other legal advocacy concerning a broad range of cases challenging governmental infringement on First Amendment rights with a racial justice lens, including cases pertaining to censorship, viewpoint discrimination, and police abuse of protesters;
  • Leading investigations into new matters concerning violations of First Amendment rights with an eye towards advancing racial equity;
  • Consulting and advising on cases and matters involving First Amendment rights in both state and federal courts, including an analysis of possibilities for intervention as appropriate;
  • Developing strategies and participating in working groups and external conferences designed to address the intersection of racial discrimination and infringement of First Amendment rights, including the response to state legislative and executive actions censoring discussions about historical and present-day discrimination in educational settings and the suppression of protests against racial injustices;
  • Investigating potential claims, building relationships with key community partners, preparing complaints, and participating in motion practice, discovery, hearings, oral arguments, trials, and appeals;
  • Devising and implementing strategies to advance LDF’s racial equity policy agenda related to First Amendment issues;
  • Serving as a public thought leader on issues concerning the intersection of First Amendment rights and racial discrimination;
  • Representing LDF in the media, at conferences, and in other public venues;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with community partners, coalition members, and legal allies;
  • Assisting in the creation and implementation of multi-pronged advocacy strategies,;
  • Preparing policy reports, memoranda, briefing papers, public education materials, and talking points for internal and external use;
  • Fostering relationships with other advocates, lawyers, and civil rights organizations;
  • Travel as necessary, when conditions permit; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications include:

  • A Juris Doctor degree with at least 10 years of litigation and/or policy experience and admission to the New York, District of Columbia, or Georgia Bar (or eligibility to waive in), including significant experience with litigation pertaining to First Amendment issues;
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial justice and civil rights;
  • Outstanding legal research, writing, and advocacy skills;
  • Federal and/or state advocacy experience relating to racial justice issues;
  • Strong public speaking skills;
  • Able to work both collaboratively and independently; and
  • Capacity to analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues to a variety of audiences.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.


To Apply:

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

jobs@naacpldf.org

If submitting via email, please include your name (last name, first name) in the email subject line.

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Natalie Kim

Human Resources Manager

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

40 Rector Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10006

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S…

Details at a Glance

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

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Atlanta, GA
Associated Location
Atlanta, GA, USA

How to Apply

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

jobs@naacpldf.org

If submitting via email, please include your name (last name, first name) in the email subject line.

Or

Natalie Kim

Human Resources Manager

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

40 Rector Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10006

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

jobs@naacpldf.org

If submitting via email, please include your name (last name, first name) in the…

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