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Senior Staff Attorney

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ACLU of Kansas
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Overland Park, KS

ACLU of Kansas


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Published 7 days ago

April 1, 2021
March 19, 2021
At least $70,000

Job Summary

The Senior Staff Attorney is the equivalent of a senior associate at a law firm. They will manage complex litigation matters with the oversight and approval of the Legal Director and will first chair some cases; develop new matters; and hold primary drafting responsibility for a variety of litigation documents, demand letters, and other legal materials. The Senior Staff Attorney is consulted on litigation and long-term strategy for the entire legal department and will be responsible for developing strategies for cases assigned to them.

Job Location – Overland Park or Wichita, KS. **Position will onboard remotely during COVID.

Reporting Relationship and Organizational Impact

  • Position reports to: Legal Director
  • Manager, Supervisor, Team Leader, or Individual Contributor (Team Leaders may train, provide direction to, or assign projects to department employees or interns.)
  • Team Leader, including training, providing direction to, and assigning projects to:
  • Interns as assigned to them by the Legal Director
  • Staff Attorney with respect to work the Staff Attorney is doing on cases the Senior Staff Attorney is leading
  • Legal Assistant with respect to work the Legal Assistant is doing on cases the Senior Staff Attorney is leading.
  • Bargaining Unit Status: 
  • This position is part of the bargaining unit
  • Internal and External:
  • Regular unsupervised contact with other department staff and managers, and with National office
  • Regular contact and communications with clients and opposing counsel
  • Regular contact with all members of Legal Department, including interns
  • Regular contact with members of the Advocacy and Communications Departments
  • Occasional public facing presentations
  • Budget Authority: 
  • Assist Legal Director with developing budget for litigation related to program/issue areas they are leading, to be included in the overall Legal Department budget.
  • Influence: 
  • Has input into Legal Department strategies developed by management
  • Represents legal department in integrated strategy sessions on program and campaign issues they are leading

Qualifications

Abilities

  • Develop and independently implement litigation strategy
  • Understand campaign model and role of litigation within model
  • Independently manage pretrial tasks in federal court litigation
  • Effectively and respectfully communicate with other department directors and staff within integrated advocacy model
  • Strong legal writing abilities
  • Ability to work with diverse communities
  • Demonstrated ability to first chair federal court pretrial hearing with minimal supervision

Education and/or Experience

  • JD
  • BA
  • 4-5 years litigation experience

Knowledge

  • Movement lawyering principles
  • Federal civil rules of procedure
  • Federal rules of evidence
  • ABA professional rules of responsibility

Personal Characteristics

  • Committed to advancing the ACLU KS values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil liberties issues and their implications
  • A person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and tasks; a person who takes initiative and demonstrates follow-through
  • A team player who inspires collaboration and functions decisively and with flexibility; a person who assumes the best from colleagues and who resolves conflicts directly
  • A demonstrated ability to work productively in an unstructured environment; the capability to conduct oneself with a calm and professional demeanor when dealing with the public and/or difficult situations

Skills

  • Advanced client interview skills
  • Mastery of direct and cross-examination
  • Mastery of depositions
  • Trial practice including presentation of evidence
  • Oral advocacy 
  • Ability to write complex legal briefs and memoranda

Duties and Responsibilities and approximate % of overall time spent on tasks

 Work on active litigation – 40%

  • Participate directly in litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in federal and state court, as first chair on cases and issues assigned by the Legal Director.
  • Manage all aspects of discovery, depositions, requests for productions, 3rd party subpoenas, etc. on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Manage co-counsel on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Manage in-court proceedings on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Maintain client relationships throughout on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Write appellate and amicus briefs

Develop new litigation – 40%

  • Conduct factual and legal research, prepare memoranda, draft Open Records Act requests, write demand letters, draft pleadings and briefs
  • Review, comment on, and edit letters and briefs of co-counsel and other ACLU-KS staff
  • Consult with issue area experts and potential cooperating counsel on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Manage potential plaintiff selection and outreach on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Develop strategic integrated advocacy plans for issues and areas – 10%
  • Assist legal director in management of interns, volunteers, and staff - 10%
  • Assist with management of legal intake process
  • Assist with developing assignments and providing feedback to legal interns
  • Assist with mentoring of staff attorney and legal assistant

Working Conditions

Physical Requirements

This job is primarily sedentary work which requires extended periods of sitting and/or standing in an office setting.

Travel Status

Travel outside home office area but within the state of Kansas 3-4 times a month. Occasional travel outside Kansas but within the United States

Additional Information

  • The starting salary for this position is $70,000. 
  • The ACLU of Kansas offers an excellent benefit package including employer paid health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, 401k match, 14 paid holidays, a generous paid vacation/sick leave policy, and a flexible work schedule (as appropriate for the position).
  • To apply for this position forward your resume and cover letter to Ms. Roberta Beier at rbeier@aclukansas.org.






Job Summary

The Senior Staff Attorney is the equivalent of a senior associate at a law firm. They will manage complex litigation matters with the oversight and approval of the Legal Director and will first chair some cases; develop new…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

The ACLU of Kansas offers an excellent benefit package including employer paid health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, 401k match, 14 paid holidays, a generous paid vacation/sick leave policy, professional development money and a flexible work schedule (as appropriate for the position).

The ACLU of Kansas offers an excellent benefit package including employer paid health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, 401k match, 14 paid holidays, a generous paid…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Overland Park, KS

How to Apply

To apply for this position forward your resume and cover letter to Ms. Roberta Beier at rbeier@aclukansas.org.

To apply for this position forward your resume and cover letter to Ms. Roberta Beier at rbeier@aclukansas.org.

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