The Secular Society Women's Rights Advocacy Counsel

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $51,510.00
Maximum: $77,265.00
Details: The salary range for this position is $51,510 to $77,265. To preserve the opportunity for advancement, we do not normally hire above the mid-point of the range.



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701 East Franklin Street
Suite 1412
United States


 The Secular Society Women’s Rights Advocacy Counsel will bring a “gender lens” to the work of the ACLU of Virginia including criminal law reform, privacy and technology, freedom of speech and religion, voting rights and more traditional women’s rights issues including abortion access. The Counsel will develop and litigate impact cases in state and federal court and serve as women’s rights advocacy counsel to the ACLU of Virginia’s advocacy and communications teams. The Counsel will also participate in non-litigation advocacy to advance women’s rights including legislative support, public speaking and education, recruitment and supervision of cooperating attorneys/interns/volunteers, and fundraising as necessary.  

Legal:  • Investigates, develops, and litigates women’s rights cases, including the demonstrated ability to conduct all aspects of factual and legal research; devise legal theory and strategy; evaluate and analyze potential claims; identify possible plaintiffs and defendants; interview clients and potential witnesses; work with experts; prepare memoranda; and draft demand letters; • Acts as lead attorney in litigating women’s rights cases in federal and state courts by drafting pleadings, motions, briefs and correspondence; conducting discovery; taking and defending depositions; arguing motions; trying cases; handling appeals; working with experts; negotiating and monitoring settlements; and pursuing attorney fee awards; • Assists in expanding the litigation and legal advocacy docket for the legal department; • Seeks out and cultivates pro bono relationships and relationships with cooperating attorneys; • Reviews intake complaints for potential action; • Drafts or coordinates amicus briefs in cases of constitutional significance;  • Monitors and oversees litigation being handled by cooperating attorneys and assists when necessary; • Ensures that all pleadings are filed timely and according to court rules; • Develops litigation strategy with Legal Director; and • Travels for the purposes of litigation, advocacy, and professional development as needed. 

Advocacy/Public Education: • Drafts memoranda, blog entries, press releases, reports, other public education materials, and legislative advocacy support materials;  • Collaborates with the Legal Director and other staff as requested to develop and present positions on current issues affecting women; • Acts as a resource to staff handling policy advocacy, public education, and communications; • Collaborates in the development and implementation of integrated advocacy initiatives and strategies 

to achieve women’s rights goals in which litigation is one advocacy tool;  • Helps organize legal education training and public events on women’s rights and issues implicating women’s interests; • Serves as a spokesperson for the ACLU-VA on women’s rights cases and issues as requested for both the media and as a public speaker; • Represents the ACLU-VA at bar functions and meetings and continuing legal education seminars; and • Writes letters and provides public comment and testimony before state and local government and regulatory agencies on matters affecting women’s rights. 

Legal Program Administration & Support: • Actively recruits and supervises cooperating attorneys, legal interns, law students, and other volunteers;  • Develops and maintains relationships with national ACLU staff and other affiliates;  • Contributes to the maintenance of the legal docket and intake database; • Ensures that Executive Director and Legal Director are adequately informed of work, including, preparing reports and providing other support as needed; • Meets with donors to discuss the legal program, as requested; and • Develops and conducts staff training sessions, workshops, continuing legal education events, and other events on ACLU-VA issues, as appropriate.  


Excellent benefits include paid time off, generous paid holidays, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401K plan, life insurance, and income replacement during illness through a combination of annual sick leave, short-term and long-term disability insurance

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Send a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position as detailed in the attached job description, a current resume, and a short, one or two-page writing sample by email to with The Secular Society Women’s Rights Advocacy Counsel in the subject line of the email or by mail to ACLU of Virginia, 701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 1412, Richmond, VA 23219. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job listing.