The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Foundation, Inc., (ACLU-MO), seeks a passionate and creative lawyer with a mix of litigation, policy, and/or legislative experience to fill the position of a full-time Staff Attorney in St. Louis, MO.
Founded in 1920, the ACLU-MO is one of Missouri’s premier public advocacy organizations. The ACLU-MO, headquartered in St. Louis, is committed to protecting constitutional rights and civil liberties. We defend and expand the constitutional rights and civil liberties guaranteed to all Missourians under the United States and Missouri Constitutions through strategic litigation, legislative advocacy, media advocacy and public education programs on a broad range of issues. We are in the midst of planned growth and increasing prominence in policy issues including racial equity, equitable policing, reducing mass incarceration, threats to reproductive rights, prosecutorial accountability, LGBT equality, immigrant rights, free speech, and protecting privacy in the digital age. The ACLU-MO and its sister organization, the ACLU of Missouri, Inc., are IRS 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations respectively.
Under the leadership of the Legal Director, the Staff Attorney will further the ACLU-MO’s strategic litigation program. Duties will include legal research and developing and litigating a variety of impact civil liberties cases at the trial and appellate level in state and federal court. In addition, the Staff Attorney will support integrated advocacy work combining litigation, legislative advocacy, media advocacy, and public education on ACLU-MO priority campaigns.
- Work in all stages of litigation, including: research; discovery; drafting correspondence, memoranda, and briefs; law and motion practice; and court appearances;
- Conduct legal research and fact investigations to identify constitutional rights and civil liberties issues subject to legal challenge, and identify and work with potential plaintiffs and witnesses;
- Drafting amicus briefs;
- Work with outside attorneys, including cooperating counsel, attorneys from other organizations, and volunteer cooperating counsel, and supervise student interns;
- Serve as a resource for ACLU-MO legislative and policy work; and advance priority campaign goals through public education, advocacy and media; and
- Execute other duties as assigned by the ACLU-MO Legal Director.
- J.D. required;
- Admission to Missouri Bar, or admission to another Bar with ability to obtain admission to the Missouri Bar by waiver or bar examination within six months;
- Demonstrated commitment to constitutional, civil rights, and the ACLU’s mission;
- Minimum five years’ litigation experience, with strong preference for judicial clerkship or significant federal court experience;
- Demonstrated skill at litigating independently, collaboratively, and under pressure;
- Excellent research, writing, oral advocacy, and analytical skills;
- Ability to engage in complex legal analysis and fact investigation in context of impact litigation;
- Excellent communication skills as to both legal and non-legal audiences.
- Self-motivated worker, able and willing to manage an aggressive schedule, work beyond 9-to-5, work remotely (as needed), and travel within the state;
- Capacity to work on multiple time-sensitive projects effectively and efficiently with close attention to detail;
- A team player who inspires collaboration and functions decisively; flexible and well organized;
- Experience working with diverse communities, clients, and coalition and community partners;
- A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstance; and
- Multilingual proficiency is a plus.
Compensation and Terms:
The ACLU-MO offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience, within the parameters of a Missouri-based non-profit including paid vacation and holidays; medical, dental, and vision insurance; life and disability insurance; and 401(K) pension plan with employer contributions and employer partial match of optional employee contributions.
E-mail a letter of interest, resume, two legal writing samples, salary requirements, and three professional references to email@example.com. Please indicate “Staff Attorney – St. Louis” in the subject line of your email. In addition to expressing your interest in the position, make sure your cover letter addresses the following: In order to best serve our clients and our community, the ACLU-MO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to social justice, race equity, and diversity among our staff?
Alternatively, application materials may be mailed to: 906 Olive St., Ste 1130 St. Louis, MO 63101. Application by e-mail is strongly preferred during this period of limited staffing in the physical office because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Application materials will be reviewed as received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by August 21, 2020.
ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU 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 and record of arrest or conviction.
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