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Salary commensurate with experience and competitive with other New York based non-profits in the field.

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law is seeking add a staff attorney to our growing legal team. This position is based in New York City. An ideal candidate will have a substantive background in, and passion for, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and related topics; experience and capability in civil litigation and legal research; and a strong desire to work on social justice issues.

Background on the Policing Project

The Policing Project partners with communities and police across the country to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. We bring an innovative and creative approach to this area, one grounded in democratic values.

Central to our work is the idea of front-end, or democratic, accountability: promoting public voice in setting transparent, ethical, and effective policing policies and practices before the police act. The goal is achieving public safety in a manner that is equitable, non-discriminatory, and respectful of public values.

In pursuing our mission, we work in close collaboration with groups from across the ideological spectrum and with stakeholders that often find themselves at odds, including policing agencies, community organizations, governments, and other non-profits.

Broadly speaking, our work is centered around three focus areas:

  • Front-End Voice in Policing: We are helping to ensure that the public has a voice in how it is policed, and that policing decisions are based in sound research, to promote public safety and avoid harm. Our work often is centered in marginalized or minority communities.
  • Regulation of Policing Technology: We are working to bring transparency and public values to the adoption of new policing technologies, particularly those that pose threats to privacy and racial justice. We are working with policing leaders, community leaders, and technology companies to create a framework for the sound regulation of technology.
  • Re-Imagining Public Safety: We are seeking to foster an invigorated national conversation about what public safety means, and how it is best achieved, including with alternatives to enforcement.

In pursing these goals, we use a variety of tools to do our work, among them social science research, direct engagement with private companies and law enforcement agencies, cost-benefit analysis, drafting model legislation and testifying, and litigation.

You can learn more about our work—past and present—at www.PolicingProject.org.

Job Description & Responsibilities:

The staff attorney will report directly to the Policing Project’s leadership team and will work on a variety of projects, including:

  • Evaluating policing technologies for civil rights and civil liberties issues;
  • Conducting factual and legal research into potential legal claims directed at promoting front-end accountability;
  • Drafting litigation pleadings (both direct litigation and amicus work);  
  • Drafting of legislation and model policies to regulate policing;
  • Travel, when necessary, in order to engage in field work, such as site visits, interviews, and focus groups; and
  • Representing the Policing Project at public events.

Desired Experience & Qualifications:

We seek to hire someone with a deep passion for improving policing and public safety, and with the experience and ability to manage projects and relationships independently. Given the cutting-edge and innovative nature of our work, and the fact that it often occurs around fraught social issues, we are looking for someone who is a problem solver with maturity and judgment.

A J.D. is required for this position. In addition, we will consider the following qualifications, but do not expect any applicant to have all of them:

  • At least two years of professional experience, including clerkships;
  • Strong legal research and writing skills;
  • Strong familiarity and/or interest in constitutional law, criminal procedure, policing and public safety (or related fields), racial justice, and civil rights/civil liberties;
  • Strong interpersonal skills (be it talking with a police chief, a line officer, a community organizer or activist, a government official, or an academic) and a willingness to maintain and develop professional relationships;
  • Excellent judgment and the ability to keep many balls in the air without dropping them; and
  • Strong written communications skills.

This position is based in New York City, but also requires a willingness to travel and the ability to represent the Policing Project in public.

The Policing Project heartily welcomes applicants from diverse background, and is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. 

The Policing Project at New York University School of Law is seeking add a staff attorney to our growing legal team. This position is based in New York City. An ideal candidate will have a substantive background in, and passion for…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Compensation includes excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here: https://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit/full-time/professional-research-staff/benefits-guide-2019.html.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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Compensation includes excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision. Further information regarding benefits can be found here: https://www.nyu.edu/employees/benefit…

How to Apply

To apply please email a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript(s) to Nicole Bernardo, nicole.bernardo@nyu.edu. Indicate “Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Cover letters should include when you are available to start and any salary requirements. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and you will be contacted if selected for an interview.


To apply please email a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript(s) to Nicole Bernardo, nicole.bernardo@nyu.edu. Indicate “Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Cover letters…

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