The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, a statewide affiliate of the national ACLU and a public interest organization devoted to the defense of the Bill of Rights, invites applications for the position of Staff Attorney. Our office is located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The ACLU of Louisiana is a private, non-profit organization that works to promote and defend civil liberties principles in Louisiana through advocacy, litigation, education and lobbying.

The Staff Attorney can anticipate working in a wide range of civil liberties areas, including racial justice, religious liberty, freedom of speech, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, police accountability, and other issues as they arise. Duties may also include occasional non-litigation advocacy involving community outreach, coalition building, writing and publishing reports, planning and participating in public meetings, and legislative research, among others.

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Executive Director and in cooperation with the Board of Directors, the Staff Attorney will be expected to perform duties which include:

  • Supervise and direct all ACLU of Louisiana litigation, including all aspects of discovery, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, and drafting briefs in trial and appellate courts;
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteer private attorneys statewide as cooperating counsel on all cases;
  • Collaborate with attorneys and other staff within the ACLU nationwide as appropriate;
  • Research, investigate, develop, and present selected potential cases to the ACLU of Louisiana Legal Panel for evaluation;
  • Review requests for legal assistance and supervise legal intake to ensure that requests for assistance are properly evaluated and processed and to identify appropriate cases for legal challenge;
  • Supervise interns and volunteers including law students and others;
  • other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Must be willing to work flexible and non-traditional hours as needed and required by exigencies of the work.  Some travel is required.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. and admission to the Louisiana Bar, or for an exceptional candidate, admission within one year of hire;
  • Considerable experience litigating in federal courts, with strong preference to experience in civil liberties cases.
  • A deep and demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, and strong support for the goals of the ACLU;
  • Excellent research, writing, oral, advocacy, and analytical skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong self-motivation and capable of complex analytic work; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively.

Leading applicants will have:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience litigating in federal courts;
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil liberties issues;
  • Experience working with diverse communities, clients and coalition partners.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, life and disability coverage; a pension plan; and paid vacation and leave.

Application Procedure:

Email a letter of interest, resume, legal writing sample, and a list of three professional references, including contact information, to admin@laaclu.org

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until filled.

The ACLU of Louisiana is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

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