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American Oversight
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Published 26 days ago

American Oversight is looking for a motivated, talented trial attorney to join our team and help us shine a light on government misconduct and threats to democracy. We’re a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog that uses targeted public records requests and litigation to uncover evidence of corruption, abuse of power, or conflicts of interest. 

We leverage our open records expertise to act where corruption and government power overlap. From the federal Freedom of Information Act to state transparency laws, we use carefully crafted records requests to extract information from the government. When the government fails to respond as required by law, our team has the expertise to take them to court and enforce the public’s right to hold our leaders accountable. American Oversight has obtained and published more than one million pages of emails, memos, calendars, text messages, and other records — ensuring accountability, exposing misconduct, and often driving significant corrective action, at all levels of government 

Our lawyers are litigators first and foremost. They manage diverse caseloads under different state and federal law regimes around the country and handle all aspects of federal and state open records litigation, including research, drafting, discovery, negotiation and oral argument. All lawyers become open records law experts, and advise and collaborate with our researchers and others to create effective and targeted record requests in support of our investigations. This requires initiative, skill, commitment, professionalism and creativity in crafting and executing legal strategies.


Job Responsibilities

Specific tasks will shift day by day with our work, but in a typical week, you will:

  • Litigate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in federal court, and state open records law requests in state court (pro hac vice), on behalf of American Oversight and other clients, including:
  • Serve as lead or second counsel across a diverse caseload, maintaining and meeting deadlines.
  • Supervise and partner with local counsel (from solo practitioners to boutiques to large firms) for open records lawsuits in state courts.
  • Draft court pleadings, including complaints, motions and briefs at the trial and appellate levels, including amicus briefs.
  • Conduct discovery where permitted, including written discovery and depositions, as well as evidentiary hearings.
  • Conduct oral argument before federal and state judges at the trial or appellate level, including state Supreme Court arguments.
  • Work with investigations team to research and develop investigation strategies and opportunities consistent with relevant federal and state open records laws.
  • Negotiate with federal executive branch and state agency open records officials in pending open records requests.
  • Mentor and support more junior staff, with potential to manage case work of more junior attorneys depending on applicant’s past management and litigation experience. 
  • Work with communications and investigations teams on messaging materials and blog posts as needed.
  • Represent American Oversight in meetings with coalition partners, presentations, trainings, and meetings with congressional committees, consistent with American Oversight’s 501(c)(3) status.
  • Participate in internal organizational development initiatives, events, and/or committees.

Qualifications

  • Law degree and admission to practice in at least one state (with eligibility to join DC bar).
  • Four years of legal experience, including a preference for at least three years in civil or criminal litigation.
  • An interest in American Oversight’s mission of government accountability and transparency. Commitment to public interest advocacy.
  • Exceptional legal research, writing, oral argument and negotiation skills.
  • Strong organizational and project-management abilities.
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • High degree of professional ethics, integrity, and temperament.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the federal Freedom of Information Act, state open records laws, government ethics laws or active litigation in multiple state courts helpful but not required.

Additional Information

American Oversight is proudly an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse team. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they have every one of the qualifications listed. We are dedicated to finding the best candidate for the job. Our hiring process is centered on assessing candidates with diverse lived experiences. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure of whether you meet the qualifications of this position, or how this would be determined, please contact us to discuss your application.

  • The salary range for this position is $95,000 to $120,000, commensurate with experience. Generous and comprehensive benefits and paid time-off package. 
  • American Oversight is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
  • American Oversight is a remote-first organization, and our employees can work from anywhere in the country. Our office in downtown Washington, DC, is an optional workspace when pandemic-related restrictions allow.


American Oversight is looking for a motivated, talented trial attorney to join our team and help us shine a light on government misconduct and threats to democracy. We’re a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog that uses targeted public records…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Experience Level
    Intermediate
Salary
USD $95,000 - USD $120,000
/ year

Benefits

  • Health Insurance, vision and dental Insurance.
  • Competitive retirement plan matching
  • 30+ days of paid time off per year
  • Mobile and home internet reimbursements
  • Health Insurance, vision and dental Insurance.
  • Competitive retirement plan matching
  • 30+ days of paid time off per year
  • Mobile and home internet reimbursements

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1030 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005, United States
Suite B255

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