The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.
LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.
The Archives and Records Department serves three major functions: building and managing an archival repository of LDF’s historic records, providing library services including research support, and overseeing records management. With grant funding, LDF is in the planning stage of a major effort to organize, preserve, digitize, and provide public access to a substantial portion of our 10,000 boxes of rich historical case files and institutional records. Under the supervision of the Director of Archives and Records, the Archives Counsel will primarily be responsible for leading the review and analysis of archival records to determine which documents can be made available to external researchers and the general public. The Archives Counsel will help to develop and refine the process for conducting privilege review in the LDF Archives and will be essential in balancing the ambitions of the LDF Archives with LDF’s duty of client confidentiality. The ideal candidate has expertise in legal ethics and professional responsibility, patience for large document review projects, an ability to make carefully documented decisions, and a passion for history, archives, and racial justice.
Subject to LDF’s prior approval, this position may have the option to be remote until Friday, December 31, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.
· Lead the review of thousands of documents in the LDF Archives, identifying and restricting external access to privileged, confidential, and sensitive information;
· Work in consultation with the General Counsel or Associate General Counsel to make decisions about the release of documents;
· Refine the LDF Archives External Access Policy and privilege review procedure, including researching laws and ethics guidelines across different states where clients may be located;
· Oversee the work of LDF alumni volunteers and interns who are interested in assisting with document review;
· Research and procure software for efficient document review as needed;
· Collaborate with the Library of Congress to plan for the privilege review of a subset of LDF’s early records in the Library’s custody;
· Participate in and/or build coalitions and task forces to bridge the gap between archivists, the legal ethics community, and legal historians;
· Monitor and share with the Archives team pertinent recent developments in legal ethics, including caselaw and ABA opinions;
· Collaborate with the Archives team in developing resources, including an LDF Archives website, to educate the public about the historical arc of current civil rights issues;
· Weigh in on intellectual property questions related to the LDF Archives;
· Assist former clients who request access to their archived files, including reviewing the files for sensitive internal work product;
· Engage in public speaking and trainings related to the intersection of legal ethics and the historical record;
· Travel occasionally to the Library of Congress and LDF’s office in Washington, DC; and
· Other responsibilities as assigned.
· Juris Doctor degree;
· Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience;
· Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF;
· Demonstrated expertise in legal ethics, especially attorney-client privilege, attorney work- product, and the ethical duty to protect client confidences;
· Member of the New York Bar or eligible to waive in;
· Experience and interest in large document review projects;
· Project management experience;
· Thorough understanding of the litigation process; litigation experience is a plus;
· Knowledge of copyright law, including the fair use exception;
· Familiarity with archival collections, concepts, and best practices;
· Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills;
· Strong communication skills, including the ability to clearly translate technical concepts for a non-technical audience; and
· Self-motivated and goal oriented, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team.
This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.
Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.
This position is open until filled.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
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Director of Human Resources/Administration
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.
The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S…