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