Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For over 30 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women’s rights, children’s, senior citizens’ and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives.

Over the course of three decades our vision has remained steadfast—to protect and expand pathways to justice and the democratic process—while our programs and tactics have been nimble and resilient, evolving with changing times and the needs of our members and the progressive community. AFJ is known for identifying and addressing threats to public interest and civil rights organizations, as well as opportunities they can seize. We pool resources and talents, organize campaigns, mobilize constituencies and drive strategies.

AFJ is seeking a Counsel, a lawyer with 3+ years of experience.  The Counsel will undertake a variety of research, writing and organizing projects focusing in great part on raising awareness about the importance of the federal judiciary.  The person is responsible for conducting research and developing strategy on AFJ policy initiatives, including legislative developments that impact Access to Justice, nominees to the Supreme Court and lower courts, and various AFJ campaigns.  The Counsel reports to the Legal Director.

Responsibilities:

The person selected to be Counsel will have experience relating to the broad range of legal policy issues handled by AFJ.  The person serving in this position will:

  • Develop strategy, set research priorities, and draft, review, and edit research materials for all AFJ projects related to the courts, including projects connected to judicial nominees and Access to Justice projects.
  • Coordinate and staff key meetings with Congressional offices.
  • Represent AFJ to other organizations as part of coalitions on justice issues.
  • Advise the Legal Director and AFJ President on all issues related to the courts.
  • Participate in all aspects of vetting judicial nominees.
  • Assist Director of Communications with preparation for AFJ President’s public appearances.
  • Help conduct briefings for reporters, academics, the Board of Directors, member organizations, and other audiences.
  • Draft substantive work of the justice programs including reports, op-eds, and fact sheets.
  • Produce substantive materials for grassroots education, media, legal advisory committees, and other audiences for AFJ justice programs and campaigns. 
  • Oversee research campaigns, including coordination with law firms, outside counsel, law students, and non-attorney volunteers.
  • Speak at legal and policy conferences, and brief academics, Congressional staff, Board of Directors, member organizations and other audiences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. and three to six years of experience in legal policy or advocacy work;
  • Hill or lobbying experience, with Hill experience strongly preferred;
  • Exceptional analytical, writing and speaking skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest and civil rights law;
  • Experience in civil rights, labor, environmental, consumer and/or constitutional law preferred;
  • Ability to work quickly under pressure, with shifting deadlines and priorities;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Long hours and some travel required;
  • Ability to inspire and work collegially with others; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills and positive attitude.

Compensation:

Salary commensurate with experience.

Application:

AFJ is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements online by clicking “APPLY FOR THIS POSITION,” below

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