In the face of new and expanding threats to civil liberties, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Alabama is adding a Staff Attorney position to its office located in Montgomery. The ACLU of Alabama, founded in 1965, is the Alabama affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU is the nation’s foremost defender of civil liberties and civil rights and litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts including, but not limited to, free speech, Establishment Clause / freedom of religion, lesbian and gay rights, equal protection, civil rights, 4th Amendment rights, and privacy rights. The ACLU litigates through direct representation and by filing amicus briefs.
Advocacy is not limited to ACLU’s work in the courts. The ACLU also engages in public education and works in coalition with other Alabama organizations on a number of civil rights / civil liberties issues. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Staff Attorney will:
- Participate with ACLU legal staff and ACLU volunteer attorneys in litigation in state and federal courts, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, trials, evidentiary hearings, and drafting briefs in trial and appellate courts;
- Research, investigate, and develop potential cases;
- Draft legal memoranda, demand letters, and advocacy letters;
- Supervise law student interns and volunteers;
- Review requests for legal assistance and supervise legal intake to ensure that requests for assistance are properly evaluated and processed;
- Develop and maintain relationships with legal staff at National ACLU, its projects, and other ACLU affiliates;
- Serve as ACLU spokesperson in public speaking events and with the press, as assigned; and
- Handle additional duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
- J.D. with at least three years of legal experience strongly preferred. More recent law school graduates with exceptionally outstanding abilities and experience will be considered.
- Must be a member of the Alabama State Bar (or willing to take the next bar examination if not eligible for reciprocity).
- Demonstrated commitment to, and knowledge of, civil rights and civil liberties and public interest law.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, with both legal and non-legal audiences.
- Excellent legal research and writing skills.
- Strong self-motivation and ability to manage deadlines.
- Ability to work effectively and professionally with attorneys, clients, and with community organizations and coalitions.
- A confident and professional work style and the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively, exhibiting patience, good will, and good judgment; a strong sense of humor and a faculty for handling stressful situations with grace and maturity.
- A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values individuals and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstance, and the ability to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.
- The position of Staff Attorney requires a willingness to work beyond the 9 to 5 hours of the normal work day, including evening and weekend meetings and/or events.
- Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable but not required.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is comparable to other public interest law firms in the area and will be set depending upon experience (minimum $55,000 with 3 years relevant experience). The ACLU provides excellent benefits including health and dental insurance with generous vacation, holiday and sick leave policies.
All applications are treated confidentially. Interested candidates should send a cover letter stating the applicant’s interest in this position, a current resume, a brief writing sample, and contact information for three references by e-mail to email@example.com.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2019.
The ACLU of Alabama is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.