Litigation Attorney (One-Year Term; Full-Time; Remote)
Justice Action Center seeks a highly motivated individual to join our all-remote team as a Litigation Attorney for a one-year term.
The Litigation Attorney will report to one of the litigators in the Legal Department, and will contribute to JAC’s impact litigation goals. JAC is particularly interested in candidates who are committed to JAC’s efforts to fill gaps in impact litigation for immigrant communities, work nimbly in the face of new challenges affecting immigrant communities, and take creative approaches to combining storytelling and litigation. We welcome applicants with a range and diversity of experience.
What You’ll Do
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Substantively contribute at all stages of litigation as needed, including investigating and drafting complaints and legal briefs and supporting or participating in oral argument.
- Perform research on novel legal issues and draft thorough research memos.
- Interact and develop rapport with clients and potential plaintiffs to build relationships that will enable our legal work product to reflect and amplify their stories.
- Review draft press releases and other social media materials to identify and correct any legal errors or ambiguities and to strengthen the intended messaging.
- Draft content to “decode” important legal decisions or events for a lay audience by unpacking and translating legal terms, identifying key takeaways, and bringing into focus the practical impact on affected communities.
- Present on a range of topics—including but not limited to case updates, important legal decisions or events, or internal project findings—for an array of different audiences.
- Contribute to JAC’s vision and strategy for combining litigation and storytelling and for filling unmet legal needs through impact litigation.
- Commit to working collaboratively and respectfully, both with JAC colleagues in the legal and communications departments, and with co-counsel.
- Engage with movement partners to develop and support directly impacted leaders in efforts to build a more inclusive society.
What You’ll Need (Qualifications)
- Be in good standing with at least one state bar.
- Have at least one year of litigation experience. Federal clerkships qualify as litigation experience. Additional experience is a plus.
- Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and social justice.
- Willingness to work and be mentored remotely.
- Strong legal writing and research skills.
- Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
- A highly collaborative style and good listening skills.
- Ability to think creatively, take initiative, work within a team in a start-up environment, and be flexible in the face of challenges.
- Commitment to helping cultivate a high-performing organization that utilizes litigation and communications strategies creatively in the fight for systemic change.
- Commitment to best practices for organizations on equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Commitment to best practices for valuing work-life balance for oneself and one’s colleagues.
- Prior experience working on behalf of immigrants is a plus.
Ready to Apply?
Great! We can’t wait to learn more about you. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two to three references with phone numbers and e-mails to email@example.com with the subject line “One Year Term Attorney.” In your cover letter, please include your pronouns, your expected work city and state, and any languages you speak, including level of proficiency. Also, we welcome you to share in your cover letter how your professional experiences and qualifications will advance JAC’s mission.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled. The starting annual salary for this position is $71,000 but is adjustable commensurate with experience. JAC offers a generous health and vacation package, including 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees. Vacation package includes 20 paid vacation days and 10 paid sick days per calendar year; office closure during the last week of the calendar year (approx. Dec 24 – Jan 1); and “Summer Fridays” – office closures roughly every other Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Please note that this posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the responsibilities of the Litigation Attorney position. The duties, responsibilities, and activities of the Litigation Attorney position may change at any time without advance notice. This posting does not represent a contract of employment.
JAC is an equal opportunity employer. JAC recognizes the unique and valuable skills that immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, and all disproportionately under-represented individuals can bring to this work and strongly encourages such individuals to apply. JAC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation during the application process, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation for the interview process.