The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Florida seeks a Deputy Legal Director. The Deputy Legal Director works closely with other members of the legal team and other members of the senior staff to achieve the organization’s goal of protecting the liberties that define our democracy. This position is located in the organization’s Miami office but includes some travel.
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida is an affiliate of the national ACLU, a national public interest organization devoted to the defense of the Bill of Rights. For over 100 years, the ACLU has served as the nation’s primary protector of the liberties that define our democracy. The organization implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU of Florida. Operating out of four offices—Miami (main), Tampa, Pensacola, and Jacksonville—the Florida affiliate has a budget of over $8 million and 55 staff members, placing it among the larger ACLU affiliates in the nation.
The ACLU of Florida, the state’s largest civil rights and civil liberties organization, employs litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional values and individual rights, such as freedom of speech, racial justice, right to privacy, religious liberty, criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, disability rights, and immigrants’ rights. The ACLU of Florida litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts through direct representation, filing amicus briefs, and submitting administrative complaints to state and federal agencies.
The Deputy Legal Director is a staff position within the Affiliate’s Legal Department. The position reports to the Legal Director. The position is focused on (1) assisting the Legal Director in the administration and management of the statewide legal program; and (2) assisting with litigation and other legal advocacy. The position is part of the senior staff.
Management and Administration
With an eye on diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Deputy Legal Director will:
· Supervise multiple legal staff members.
· Supervise all fellows, interns, and volunteers.
· Manage development and mentoring of staff, including identifying, supporting, and developing staff strengths, as well as—for attorneys—ensuring opportunities for writing, discovery, witness examinations, arguments, and other professional growth points.
· Collaborate with the Legal Director and senior staff in creating an organizational culture of belonging.
· Collaborate with the Legal Director and senior staff in creating an organizational culture of planning and accountability.
Strategy, Cross-Departmental Collaboration, and Integrated Advocacy
· Supervise the Legal Program Manager and Paralegal’s management of the organization and maintenance of legal files, including but not limited to the docket, retainer agreements and co-counseling agreements, discovery (including transcripts and document production), settlement agreements, and timesheets and fee awards.
· Supervise the Legal Program Manager and Paralegal’s development and maintenance of our document-management system (which includes ensuring that the matter data is accurately entered into the system and any appropriate documents are uploaded and appropriately organized and categorized in the system; supporting attorneys in using and maintaining the system; and recruiting, training, and supervising any volunteers in support of this effort).
· Supervise the Legal Program Manager and Paralegal’s maintenance of the matter list, including coordinating regular updates to the case statuses and summaries.
· In collaboration with the Legal Program Manager and Paralegal, oversee and continually assess utilization of all technology resources, including PACER and PacerPro; case, document, knowledge, and task management (e.g., Asana; Clio; the matter list; the Z drive; Sharepoint); time-keeping; and third-party vendor management.
· Implement and monitor implementation of Department policies, procedures, and protocols, including identifying opportunities to reduce or eliminate overlap and duplication of effort throughout the Department to promote effectiveness, efficiency, and use of best practices, creating centralized resources that are well maintained and accurate.
In addition to the primary responsibilities above, the Deputy Legal Director will also:
First and foremost, the candidate must have exceptional analytic, research, and writing skills.
The only other required qualifications are that the candidate possess a J.D. and that they be a member of the Florida Bar (or that they be able to secure Florida Bar membership within one year of the beginning of their employment).
While no one person will have all of the qualities enumerated below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Florida seeks a Deputy Legal Director. The Deputy Legal Director works closely with other members of the legal team and other members of the senior staff to achieve the organization’s…
The ACLU of Florida provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance with generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave policies, as well as a Defined Contribution 401K Retirement Plan. Base vacation leave is five weeks per year.
The ACLU of Florida provides excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance with generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave policies, as well as a Defined Contribution…
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Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and attach a cover letter, resume, and two substantial writing samples demonstrating thorough legal analysis. All inquiries should include “Deputy Legal Director position” in the subject line, and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
Applicants who proceed beyond a first interview will be required to complete a research-and-writing assignment.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting. No phone calls, please.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Florida reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU of Florida is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Florida encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. We encourage formerly incarcerated individuals to apply. If selected for an interview, please inquire if financial assistance is needed in order to attend.
The ACLU of Florida undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to ensure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.
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