Staff Attorney - Time Limited (San Francisco)
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date Posted: February 14th, 2019
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks a temporary staff attorney (minimum 3 years litigation experience) to work in our San Francisco office for 4 to 6 months.
You are an experienced attorney that has litigated high-impact cases. You are a self-motivated, critical thinker who is a passionate advocate for civil rights and civil liberties. You thrive in a busy, bustling work ecosystem and balance being available to others while staying focused and prioritizing your key objectives.
You are responsible for working on the ACLU-NC’s case challenging the inadequacy of the Fresno indigent public defense system, and other criminal justice cases. You are able to work full-time for 4 to 6 months litigating civil discovery issues, drafting document requests, doing fact investigation, including interviewing potential witnesses, and drafting declarations.
About the Organization
ACLU NC is an affiliate of a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. For most of the last century, it has been at the heart of many major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper but are protected in practice. Facing new and ongoing threats to civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight unfair and illegal policies and to protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. Staff and Senior Staff Attorneys are critical members of the Legal-Policy Department and the statewide collaboration of the ACLU Foundations in California aimed at maximizing our impact and enhancing the protection of civil liberties and civil rights statewide and nationally.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Engage in the development and litigation of high-impact cases, including discovery, motion practice, fact investigation, interviewing potential witnesses, and drafting declarations.
- J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and at least three (3) years of litigation experience;
- Strong legal research, analysis, and writing abilities;
- Ability to manage fact and expert discovery in fact-intensive litigation;
- Self-motivated, diligent and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure;
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex organizational ecosystem;
- Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment, working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and conflicts;
- Flexibility for travel within the Bay Area and to the Central Valley;
- Membership in the California State Bar; and
- Multiple language abilities preferred, but by no means necessary.
Competitive salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and, 401(k) plan with employer match. Starting salary is $92,000 - $116,000 annually.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Applications must include (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, (2) your resume, and (3) a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) that indicates whether it is entirely your work or was edited by others (and if so, in what respect). References will be requested for candidates who advance to the final stages of the process. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter.
Please submit your application in PDF format to the attention of Temporary Staff Attorney Search to: https://aclunc.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0jpv7.
The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, arrest or conviction record, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU-NC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is supportive and free from discrimination.