Staff Attorney Position Opening
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund is seeking an experienced, highly skilled, enthusiastic and motivated civil rights attorney to join in litigation of existing cases and the development of new litigation and initiatives to defend and advance civil rights and social justice.
The PCJF is a non-profit legal and educational organization that engages in complex constitutional rights litigation, including landmark First Amendment and Section 1983 cases, civil rights and anti-discrimination cases, economic justice issues, exposure of government misconduct and Freedom of Information Act cases, and defense of targeted communities and political organizations and activists. The PCJF‚s work has resulted in significant victories including, in the past year, some of the largest settlements in U.S. history for protest cases and the elimination of the D.C. police‚s controversial military-style checkpoint operations.
Conduct and assist with significant impact litigation in federal and local court as well as appellate courts, and including discovery, depositions, motions practice, drafting briefs, correspondence, court appearances, some oral arguments and trials.
Develop and investigate new matters, projects, and litigation strategies to forward PCJF‚s efforts to defend and advance civil rights and social justice nationally, and work as part of a collaborative team.
Draft publications and other legal resources including comprehensive reports, succinct fact sheets, and know your rights materials for public education and outreach and for audiences of varied backgrounds.
Work closely and cooperatively with allied political activists and grassroots organizations.
Engage in public speaking at conferences and community events on PCJF advocacy and litigation and outreach to the media and public generally.
Participate in development and fundraising efforts as requested.
Assist in other related duties as assigned.
A minimum of five years of litigation practice as an attorney, preferably in constitutional and civil rights, that has prepared the applicant to manage litigation independently (may include time in judicial clerkship).
Admission to the D.C. bar or ability to waive in.
Excellent judgment, meticulous attention to detail, superior organizational, speaking, and writing abilities.
Demonstrated litigation skills. Ability to take effective depositions calculated to elicit evidence that will meet legal standards and establish proof relevant to the case at hand. Ability to draft high quality legal briefs. Must conduct research that is comprehensive, accurate and does not require secondary review.
Capacity to work well under pressure, to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and to meet deadline requirements. A strong work ethic is essential.
Ability to develop and implement litigation strategies and to work collaboratively within the organization. Creative thinker in strategic and tactical planning to advance civil rights issues. Demonstrated ability to undertake complex analytical work.
A high level of independence and initiative, ability to take responsibility to advance and complete projects and manage a caseload. Self-motivated with ability to create an agenda for the work.
Enthusiasm for the work of the organization and a demonstrated strong commitment to civil rights and social justice issues.
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and public interest legal work. Benefits include fully paid health and dental insurance, 401(k) plan, life and short term/long term disability insurance, vacation and sick leave.
Qualified candidates should mail a cover letter with resume, two legal writing samples, two letters of recommendation, and three professional references to:
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
617 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
And/or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
No phone calls or faxes.
PCJF encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities and LGBT persons to apply.