Job announcement – ACLU of Colorado
In the face of new and expanding threats to civil liberties, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Colorado is increasing its legal staff. We seek dynamic, skilled, mission-driven applicants for a new full-time Staff Attorney position. The successful applicant will join our staff of 15 in our downtown Denver office. Under the direction of the Legal Director, the Staff Attorney will participate in litigation and legal advocacy to further the ACLU’s mission of protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of all persons in Colorado.
The ACLU is the nation’s foremost defender of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Colorado, founded in 1952 as the Colorado affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, is a strong, growing organization with thousands of members, supporters, and activists across the state. We work in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities across the state to protect and strengthen civil liberties for all, drawing from principles articulated in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For more information about the work of the ACLU of Colorado, please visit our web site at www.aclu-co.org.
- Participate with ACLU legal staff and ACLU volunteer attorneys in pending ACLU litigation in state and federal court, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, trials and evidentiary hearings, and drafting briefs in trial and appellate courts
- Research, investigate, develop, and present selected potential cases to the ACLU Legal Panel for evaluation
- Draft legal memoranda, demand letters, and advocacy letters
- Recruit, supervise, and coordinate volunteer attorneys for ACLU litigation
- Supervise law student interns and volunteers
- Review requests for legal assistance and supervise legal intake to ensure that requests for assistance are properly evaluated and processed
- Develop and maintain relationships with legal staff at National ACLU, its projects, and other ACLU affiliates
- Serve as ACLU spokesperson in public speaking events and with the press, as assigned
- Additional duties as assigned by the Legal Director
- J.D. with at least three to seven years of legal experience. More recent law school graduates with exceptionally outstanding abilities and experience will be considered
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, with both legal and nonlegal audiences
- Demonstrated skills in legal research and legal analysis
- Ability to develop and implement litigation strategies
- Strong self-motivation and ability to manage multiple deadlines
- Substantive knowledge of constitutional law and civil liberties
- Strong, demonstrated commitment to public interest law and the mission of the ACLU of Colorado; knowledge of and experience with wide range of civil liberties and civil rights issues
- Ability to work effectively and professionally with attorneys, clients, and with community organizations and coalitions
- A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values individuals and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and the ability to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community
- A confident and professional work style and the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively, exhibiting patience, good will, and good judgment; a strong sense of humor and a faculty for handling stressful situations with grace and maturity is a must
- Proficiency with personal computers, using Windows and Microsoft Office software
- Facility for administrative work including coordination with volunteer attorneys and supervision of support staff, law students, interns, and office volunteers
- Applicants need not be members of the Colorado bar, but should be prepared to obtain admission as soon as possible
- The position of Staff Attorney requires a willingness to work beyond the 9 to 5 hours of the normal work day, including evening and weekend meetings and/or events
- Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable but not required
Salary and benefits
Salary based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include paid vacation and personal days, medical and dental insurance, 401(k) with matching contribution, and life and long-term disability insurance.
How to apply
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and contact information for three references. Submit applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “ACLU staff attorney application” in the subject line. No telephone calls please.
Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning February 27, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.
The ACLU of Colorado is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified persons including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals.