Senior Counsel

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States United Democracy Center, a nonpartisan organization focused on the critical role states play in election protection, is hiring a Senior Counsel(s). The Senior Counsel will be a core member of the organization’s legal program reporting to the Legal Director. The Senior Counsel will partner with a team of internal and external lawyers and policy experts to analyze election and voting laws, provide legal guidance to the organization and state officials, and bring and support litigation to protect elections, voting, and democracy. 

About the Organization

States United Democracy Center is a new and growing nonpartisan organization advancing free, fair, and secure elections. We focus on connecting state officials, law enforcement leaders, and pro-democracy partners across America with the tools and expertise they need to safeguard our democracy. States United engages in legal and policy actions to protect our elections and democracy. During the 2020 election, then as the Voter Protection Program, we quickly became a go-to resource for state leaders, the press, and partner organizations. By bringing together current and former governors, secretaries of state, attorneys general, and law enforcement leaders for the first time, we helped build a nonpartisan firewall against those trying to undermine democracy.

This is an exciting opportunity for the Senior Counsel to work with the Legal Director to shape the legal strategy and guide States United Democracy Center's legal work.


  • Identify and develop litigation and other legal projects by conducting factual, legal, and strategic analysis, and devising relevant theories and materials, and cases.
  • Litigate cases in state and federal courts, working closely with other States United attorneys and co-counsel. 
  • Provide technical assistance and expert legal advice to the Chief Executive Officer, Board members, stakeholders, partners, coalition members, and others who seek assistance from States United.
  • Conduct legal research and provide guidance and analysis of election and voting laws; analyze bills, laws, and legal activity on elections and voting; and recommend legal, research, and policy actions.
  • Work with colleagues in the Policy and Communications Departments to analyze legal issues and develop public education and other materials on democracy protection, including drafting and/or reviewing policy reports, white papers, and press materials.
  • Help develop and oversee a robust pro bono legal representation program, including managing outside law firms and lawyers.
  • As Senior Counsel, help manage, mentor and develop other Counsel.
  • Help manage, mentor, and develop student interns.


  • Attorney/JD with an active license and a minimum of 8 years of litigation experience.
  • Experience working on issues of election protection, voting rights, and/or democracy protection strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with state officials, including governors or attorneys general, a plus but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently identify, conceptualize, lead, and manage significant public interest litigation.
  • Experience managing, developing, and mentoring junior attorneys and managing programs and staff.
  • Experience managing teams of attorneys and coordinating with internal and external legal teams.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a demanding and fast-paced environment. 
  • Willingness and ability to work beyond the normal workday, on weekends, and/or more than 40 hours a week as necessary.
  • Outstanding judgment about both case/legal issues and management/organizational issues.
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills, including drafting and editing complex briefs and legal analysis
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability.

Salary will be between $150,000 and $175,000 and is commensurate with experience.

States United Democracy Center offers generous benefits including health, vision, dental, and retirement plans.

Our offices will be based in DC, but this position can be remote in the long-term.

States United Democracy Center is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. 

States United Democracy Center, a nonpartisan organization focused on the critical role states play in election protection, is hiring a Senior Counsel(s). The Senior Counsel will be a core member of the organization’s legal program…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


$150,000 - $175,000


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

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