State Affairs Counsel

Job Type

Full Time




777 6th St, NW
Suite 200
United States




SUMMARY: The State Affairs Counsel provides legal, legislative, policy research and analysis of state legislation, assists with complex multistate State legislative projects, and supports AAJ’s state and federal advocacy efforts.


Essential Functions: 

  • Analyze and assess State legislation for our State Trial Lawyers Associations (TLAs) and AAJ’s members.
  • Monitor the daily progress of State legislative proposals for the department, including providing a regular summation of State legislative proposals that would impact the civil justice system and tracking relevant bills in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories.
  • Draft advocacy material, such as one-pagers, fact sheets, and talking points in response to state legislative activities and also to promote AAJ’s and the State TLAs’ policy goals.
  • Draft model legislation and sample amendments.
  • Work with allied groups on joint legislative goals, including representing AAJ’s interests and working with coalitions and building a broader group of allies.
  • Communicate with members, staff, and leadership, on policy positions, progress of proposals, and AAJ/TLA advocacy activity.
  • Assist Director in advising Communications staff on State messaging and State press regarding State legislative proposals.
  • Assist Regulatory Counsel as needed on State regulatory advocacy, including, but not limited to, analyzing impact of proposed regulations on AAJ membership, drafting regulatory comments and letters, conducting legal research on proposed regulations.
  • Assist Director in developing strategy for specific initiatives or policy campaigns as needed. 


Knowledge and Skills:

Familiarity with State and Congressional legislative and regulatory processes and a commitment to civil justice issues. Required skills include: legislative drafting; legal research and analysis; bill tracking experience; excellent writing and communication skills; ability to work independently and in teams; ability and willingness to work with State associations and AAJ members and leadership; and a clear understanding of AAJ’s issues and the ability to advocate for them to others. 


Required Previous Experience:

Strong research, analysis and writing skills. Law degree with bar admission required.


Please email resume and cover letter to;

fax to (202) 333-2861; or mail to AAJ HR Dept, 777 6th Street, NW, Suite 201 Washington, DC 20001.  EOE



AAJ offers a generous benefits package.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


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