In the face of new and expanding threats to reproductive rights in Alabama, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Alabama is seeking to fill a Staff Attorney position in its Montgomery office to concentrate on reproductive rights to ensure that abortion remains safe, legal and accessible in the state. This position has been made possible by a two year grant and while not guaranteed, we intend to make it a permanent position.
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 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, works in coalition with other Alabama and national organizations on reproductive rights issues, and maintains a presence at the state legislature. Under the supervision of the Legal Director, the Staff Attorney will:
- Participate with ACLU legal staff and ACLU volunteer attorneys in reproductive rights 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;
- Serve as a resource for the three independent abortion providers in Alabama, particularly on regulatory matters as well as the continued assault on those providers;
- Supervise law student interns and volunteers;
- Develop and maintain relationships with legal staff at National ACLU and its Reproductive Freedom Project, and other ACLU affiliates;
- Serve as ACLU spokesperson in public speaking events and with the press on matters involving reproductive rights, as assigned; and
- Handle additional duties as assigned by the Legal Director.
- J.D. with at least three years of legal experience in reproductive rights is 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, reproductive freedom issues.
- 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 socio-economic 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. The ACLU provides excellent benefits including health and dental insurance with generous vacation, holiday and sick leave policies.
Application Procedure: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify “Reproductive Rights Staff Attorney” in the subject matter line with your application.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on March 16, 2020.
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.