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STAFF ATTORNEY, MOTOR-VOTER ENFORCEMENT

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ABOUT THE JOB

The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Staff Attorney, Motor-Voter Enforcement in the Voting Rights Project of the ACLU’s National office in Washington, DC.

The ACLU Voting Rights Project was established in 1965 – the same year that the historic Voting Rights Act (VRA) was enacted, and has litigated more than 300 cases since that time. Its mission is to build and defend an accessible, inclusive, and equitable democracy. We have three principles: (1) all Americans should be eligible to vote; (2) voting should be free and easy; and (3) all people should count equally. The Project employs an integrated advocacy approach, combining legislative advocacy, public education, and litigation, and has active cases in over a dozen states. Within the last few years, the Voting Rights Project has litigated cases in the Supreme Court including Department of Commerce v. New York, successfully challenging the Trump Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census; and Shelby County v. Holder, defending the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.The mission of the Voting Rights Project is to ensure that all Americans can participate freely and equally in the political process. The Project employs an integrated advocacy approach, combating voter suppression measures through a combination of legislative advocacy and litigation, and has active cases in over a dozen states.

Reporting to the Project Director, the Staff Attorney will help with all the work done by the Voting Rights Project to achieve this goal, but responsibilities will primarily focus on enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act (also known as the federal “Motor-Voter Law”), which, among other things, requires states to provide voter registration services through DMVs and public assistance offices.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participate in litigation of constitutional and statutory cases on a wide range of voting rights issues in the trial and appellate courts, with a focus on enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act
  • Conduct legal research and write legal memoranda
  • Help analyze legislation for potential litigation
  • Develop new cases and identify and work with potential plaintiffs and witnesses
  • Work with and advise ACLU state affiliates on voting rights litigation and advocacy
  • Work closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, and advocacy staff to advance voting rights
  • Engage in public speaking, including at law schools and conferences
  • Supervise law students
  • Travel as required for litigation, conferences, and client development

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • J.D. degree
  • Commitment to voting rights, racial justice, and other civil liberties and civil rights issues
  • Superior analytic skills and legal research and writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly and persuasively
  • Admission to the District of Columbia Bar, or willingness to obtain admission within one year of hiring
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Individuals with significant litigation experience are encouraged to apply
  • Familiarity with voting rights, racial justice, and other civil liberties and civil rights issues is desirable
  • Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment

ABOUT THE ACLU

For 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU 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, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail benefits.hrdept@aclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.


ABOUT THE JOB

The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Staff Attorney, Motor-Voter Enforcement in the Voting Rights Project of the ACLU’s National office in Washington, DC.

The ACLU Voting Rights Project was established in 1965 – the same year…

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