Voting Rights Attorney
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia (ACLUF-GA) seeks to hire a full-time, attorney to work on voting rights issues. ACLUF-GA is the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union. Our mission is to preserve and expand the individual rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, the Georgia Constitution, and related federal and state civil rights laws.
The Voting Rights Staff Attorney works under the Legal Director and Senior Voting Rights Attorney’s supervision and in close collaboration with the Legal department, the Policy and Advocacy department, law student interns, attorneys who are co-counsel on ACLU of Georgia cases, and attorneys from the National ACLU office. Just as important, the Voting Rights Staff Attorney works closely with staff from the communications department in a fast-paced environment that addresses headline-making issues through litigation, advocacy, and community education.
The Voting Rights Staff Attorney must be prepared to litigate a variety of issues related to voting rights, with the potential of working on other civil liberties concerns. This person must be able and willing—with minimal guidance and supervision—to research and learn complex legal issues and quickly put together lawsuits oftentimes on short notice in response to late-breaking events. The successful attorney will move fluidly from the courtroom to the community and will be able to work with diverse allies and coalitions to achieve our ambitious goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Investigate thoroughly potential voting rights issues and identify the appropriate response, whether legal or otherwise.
- Develop and litigate voting rights cases in federal and state courts. This includes conducting factual and legal research, leading litigation teams potentially with multiple co-counsel, interviewing clients and potential witnesses, writing demand letters, drafting pleadings and briefs, conducting discovery, arguing motions, trying cases in court, handling appeals and amicus briefs, and negotiating settlements.
- Respond quickly to late-breaking events, master new areas of law in a short amount of time, and otherwise work in a fast-paced environment.
- Take risks and develop creative approaches to litigation or legal arguments regardless of whether they have been previously attempted.
- Communicate with government attorneys or other government officials in attempts to resolve civil rights and civil liberties issues in an amicable and practical manner without resorting to litigation.
- Occasionally provide legal research and analysis on legislative proposals and public education materials.
- Give panel and other presentations to the community explaining the ACLU of Georgia’s positions and legal actions.
- Recruit and supervise legal interns (together with other Staff Attorneys).
- Other duties may be assigned as needed.
- J.D. degree.
- Civil litigation and/or clerkship experience.
- Meticulous attention to factual and legal detail.
- Ability to work with and center historically marginalized or oppressed communities of different cultures and backgrounds. This includes having a mature understanding of how structural racism, sexism, and prejudice against all kinds of marginalized communities pervade our society; how people who wear privilege or authority (e.g., attorneys) perpetuate such prejudice; and how to skillfully navigate such dynamics with humility and openness.
- Commitment to publicly support and advocate for the civil rights and civil liberties positions adopted by the ACLUF-GA, regardless of any personal beliefs to the contrary.
- Willingness to occasionally travel, work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
- Fluency in Spanish preferred but not required.
The ACLU Foundation of Georgia offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLUF-GA’s compensation scale. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, sick time and holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) Defined Contribution Retirement.
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, relevant legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and list of at least three professional references to email@example.com. To facilitate our review, your emails should have the subject line: “[Your last name] Voting Rights Attorney Application.” We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLUF-GA reserves the right to change the description and/or posting without advance notice.
The ACLU Foundation of Georgia is an equal opportunity / fair chance employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLUF-GA 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, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.