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Staff Attorney, Civil Rights

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Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) is a rapidly growing fully-remote non-profit organization focused on mobilizing lawyers and advocates in large-scale pro bono programs and issue advocacy campaigns to establish and enforce human rights and equality under the law. We were founded in November 2016 to respond to anticipated threats to human rights and the rule of law, and since then, have brought more than 125,000 lawyers and concerned community members together to fight for human rights and equal justice. 

Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) coordinates large scale pro bono programs and issue advocacy efforts to ensure that all levels of government — national, state, and local — protect civil and human rights, and to provide equal justice under the law. We believe not only in the establishment and enforcement of equality under the law, but in the creation of social and economic conditions that lead to true equity. We currently run programs in the following areas: racial justice, voting rights, immigrants’ rights, climate change, and environmental justice.

As an L4GG employee, you will be joining a dynamic organization and have the opportunity to have a significant impact on our growth trajectory. We seek out and invest in top talent because we believe the quality and commitment of our staff make all the difference to our success as an organization. And, we operate remotely so we can recruit and hire the best candidate for any given position – no matter where they choose to live and work.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Co-author original research products combining legal research from our pro bono attorney network with your own legal and policy analyses, conducting additional legal research as necessary on civil rights issues including racial justice, disability rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights.
  • Analyze existing and pending legislation and administrative policies and regulations for their impact on underrepresented communities in order to develop new proposed research and advocacy products.
  • Work in coalition with other civil rights groups including national policy groups, state and local grassroots and community organizations, and our community of attorney advocates in order to achieve our shared goals.
  • Coordinate with our pro bono initiatives team to draft research projects for our pro bono network that will lead to future reports.
  • Coordinate with our communications team to draft op-eds, blogs, emails to our community, sign-on letters, and educational materials to amplify your research.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This position requires a rigorous approach to legal research and writing. The candidate who is successful in this role will be detail-oriented while being able to keep the big picture in mind. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Commitment to L4GG’s mission.
  • Juris Doctor or equivalent degree with two to four years experience practicing law.
  • Excellent judgment, research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as collaborate and work well with a team.
  • Operate with a commitment to excellence, integrity, diplomacy, humility, and solidarity.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to provide accurate legal analysis.
  • Proficiency with the Bluebook citation format.
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and escalate issues to the Vice President of Policy and Strategic Engagement as appropriate.
  • Exceptional comfort and competence with technology, including willingness to embrace new tools and self-train using provided resources as needed.
  • Access to a quiet workspace (home office or other space) with high-speed internet and the ability to take calls and/or video conferences during work hours.
  • Flexibility in adapting to the needs of a fast-paced national organization

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues including, racial justice, disability rights, women’s rights, and/or LGBTQ+ rights.
  • Technical or legal editing experience, such as law review or other legal journal.
  • Demonstrated experience in published legal writing, such as having published law review article or other legal research paper or report.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply legal or other training to legislative analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience copy editing.
  • Experience with the following digital tools: Airtable, Mixmax, Slack, and Apple computers.
  • Experience working or interning with a federal or state legislator.
  • Experience drafting legislation.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish.
  • Washington DC area preferred.

L4GG is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal opportunity for all employees or prospective employees without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, medical condition, and any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. L4GG’s mission is to achieve "good government" that respects the rights and acknowledges the dignity of all persons regardless of their membership in a protected class. To achieve that goal, L4GG strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ+, and other applicants from underrepresented communities.

Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) is a rapidly growing fully-remote non-profit organization focused on mobilizing lawyers and advocates in large-scale pro bono programs and issue advocacy campaigns to establish and enforce human…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
Salary
USD $85,000 - USD $90,000
/ year

Benefits

  • Remote work
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Paid bar membership dues
  • Medical, dental & vision coverage
  • Short-term & long-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Option to participate in 403b retirement plan (no employer match at this time)
  • Remote work
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Paid bar membership dues
  • Medical, dental & vision coverage
  • Short-term & long-term disability insurance
  • Life…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in written and spoken Spanish preferred but not required

Fluency in written and spoken Spanish preferred but not required

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

How to Apply

Please follow this link to apply on our website.  

You will need to submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample that you feel is representative of your research, writing, and editing skills. The application form will ask you to answer some basic questions—please feel free to answer those questions using a conversational tone.  

Please follow this link to apply on our website.  

You will need to submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample that you feel is representative of your research, writing, and…

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