Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



125 Broad Street
New York
New York
United States



Staff Attorney


Position: Staff Attorney

Terms of Employment: Full-time, salaried (salary subject to fixed NYCLU scale)

Location: 125 Broad Street, New York, N.Y.

Application deadline: Friday, October 12, 2018 (with applications considered as they are received and until the position is filled)


The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 150,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website:



The NYCLU seeks a staff attorney to conduct litigation and related advocacy in the NYCLU’s legal department. The staff attorney will work on the full range of NYCLU issues, including immigration, criminal justice, free expression, equal protection, LGBT issues, women’s rights, racial justice, police misconduct, due process, student rights, and privacy. For this position, the NYCLU is particularly interested in candidates with immigration experience and expertise, though that is not required.


The NYCLU’s Legal Department is comprised of 15-20 lawyers, an investigator, three paralegals, and a legal assistant. Legal Department staff work on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties cases in federal and state courts. They also participate in the legislative, advocacy, and communications work of the NYCLU.



·        Developing and conducting litigation in federal and state courts and in administrative forums. Staff attorneys are responsible for identifying possible litigation and advocacy, preparing pleadings, motions, and briefs; conducting discovery; presenting oral arguments; and handling all aspects of appeals;

·        Engaging in pre-litigation analysis and advocacy, including evaluating and following up on intakes; conducting factual investigations and legal analyses; utilizing the Freedom of Information Law; and drafting demand letters.

·        Participating in public education on civil liberties issues in the form of speaking engagements and published writings.




The ideal candidate for this position will have superlative writing and analytical skills; will have significant experience with federal, civil-rights litigation, including developing cases, conducting discovery, and participating in evidentiary proceedings and appeals; will have substantive expertise and litigation experience in immigration law; will have experience in civil-rights advocacy beyond litigation; will bring a diversity of experience and perspective to the position; will have a record of successfully initiating reform efforts; will have a demonstrated ability to work well with a team; and will be fluent in Spanish.



Minimum Qualifications:

·        Excellent writing, research, analytical, and communication skills;

·        Three years of litigation experience;

·        A demonstrated ability to advocate effectively, including an ability to initiate and follow through on public interest litigation or advocacy;

·        A demonstrated commitment to the goals and priorities of the NYCLU;

·        Leadership, self-motivation and an ability to work collaboratively.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply



E-mail your resume to with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line. 


Please submit a resume with a cover letter (up to two pages) describing:

1.     Your unique qualifications for this position

2.     Where or how you learned of this job posting

3.     Your salary requirements


The NYCLU will accept applications until midnight, October 12, 2018, or until the position is filled, and will review applications as they are received. Qualified candidates may be asked to submit additional information, including performance samples and references from people they have worked with in the past.

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.