Overview

<p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;” align=”center”><strong>Career Opportunity Staff Attorney  – Prosecutorial Reform [CJ-11] American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Trone Center for Justice and Equality, New York</strong></p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. <span lang=”EN” xml:lang=”EN”>Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.</span></p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney, who will work in the Trone Center for Justice and Equality (Trone Center) and work with the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice (CSJ) and the various projects/programs in the Trone Center to develop and execute a litigation plan aimed at prosecutorial reform in America. This is a two-year limited duration position with possibility of extension based in New York City.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>OVERVIEW</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>The ACLU’s Trone Center focuses on America’s issues around crime, punishment, and racial justice. There is a growing consensus among criminal justice experts and policymakers that America’s criminal justice system has relied too heavily on incarceration as the first and often only response to behavior that could better be addressed through other means. The issues of race and class permeate the entire criminal justice system, and today robust discussions about race in America are bringing issues of racial justice into the spotlight. This is a critical time in the fight to advance racial justice and to truly reform the criminal justice system. The Trone Center contains four Projects/Programs working towards these goals: the Capital Punishment Project, the National Prison Project, the Racial Justice Program, and the Criminal Law Reform Project.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>The ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice is committed to a 50 percent reduction in the nation’s jail and prison populations and to challenging racial disparities in the criminal justice system. With 2.2 million people behind bars in this country, the United States has earned the disgraceful distinction of being the world’s largest jailer. The nation’s system of mass incarceration severely limits the ability of people, disproportionately people of color, from participating in the social, political and economic life of this country. The ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice works with partners to build a movement for social change and win state-based reforms needed to cut the size of our nation’s incarcerated population by 50 percent.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>A 50 percent reduction in jail and prison populations cannot be achieved without transforming the incentives that drive prosecutors – the most powerful, unaccountable, and least transparent actors in the criminal justice system. Prosecutors make many decisions that have a direct impact on incarceration rates. These decisions include charging policies, the use of mandatory minimum sentences, plea bargaining practices, and even hiring decisions that determine the racial, socio-economic, and other background characteristics of people making decisions in the office. The strategic approach of the CSJ work on prosecutorial reform will include leading legislative campaigns for prosecutorial reform, conducting voter education campaigns related to District Attorney races, and bringing what will be groundbreaking litigation to impact the practices and policies of elected prosecutors. In addition, the CSJ prosecutorial reform work group will work with progressive prosecutors to advance systemic change.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>The Staff Attorney will work directly with the CSJ prosecutorial reform team to help lead the ACLU’s litigation strategy to reform prosecutorial practices by focusing on filing lawsuits against prosecutors to pierce the veil of impunity that has long enabled egregiously regressive and unconstitutional practices. The Staff Attorney will work closely with both the CSJ and with the various Projects/Programs in the Trone Center.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>The Staff Attorney will work closely with the Campaign for Smart Justice and the Trone Center to develop and execute a plan to file lawsuits against prosecutorial practices that drive mass incarceration. In collaboration with the working group, specific responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:</p> <ul style=”margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; padding: 0px 0px 0px 30px; color: #373e44; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Developing a litigation strategy in state and federal courts to impact the behavior of prosecutors around the country. This work will include researching and drafting pleadings and briefs, engaging in discovery and motion practice, and conducting evidentiary hearings, oral arguments and trials.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Analyzing prosecutor policies and office practices for potential litigation using all available legal theories.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Providing litigation assistance and advice to local ACLU affiliates, cooperating attorneys, and others who seek assistance from the CSJ or the Trone Center.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Develop new cases and non-litigation advocacy projects.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Serve as a resource for ACLU legislative and policy work and advancing ACLU policy goals through public education, organizing and participating in coalitions.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Collaborate with staff across the organization, including in other projects within the ACLU’s Legal Department, Communications, Affiliate Support and Advocacy, the Washington Legislative Office and state affiliates.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Engaging in public speaking and articulating ACLU views to a variety of audiences.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Supervising legal fellows, interns, legal administrative assistants and paralegals.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.</p> </li> </ul> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS</p> <ul style=”margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; padding: 0px 0px 0px 30px; color: #373e44; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>J.D. degree and a minimum of seven years of litigation experience, preferably in federal court, including experience as lead counsel. Individuals with more experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Responsibilities will be commensurate with experience and demonstrated skill level.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Appropriate bar membership permitting practice in New York.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties, racial justice, and public interest law.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>A demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team. Ability to foster and contribute to a collaborative team environment is essential.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Excellent legal research skills.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Demonstrated ability to perform complex legal analytical work.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writing.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Familiarity with the criminal justice system (i.e., as a criminal defense lawyer, formerly incarcerated person, or prosecutor) is desirable.</p> </li> <li> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”margin: 0px;”>Ability to travel.</p> </li> </ul> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>COMPENSATION</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>HOW TO APPLY</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>Please send a cover letter, current resume, the names and contact information of three references, and at least one legal writing sample by email to: email to: <a style=”color: #373e44;” href=”mailto:hrjobsCFJ@aclu.org”>hrjobsCFJ@aclu.org</a>. Reference [CJ-11/ACLU] in the subject line.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required.  It does not represent a contract of employment.  The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>The 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, and veteran status.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px 0px 1.55556em; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: <a style=”color: #373e44;” href=”mailto:hrjobsincl@aclu.org”>hrjobsincl@aclu.org</a>.  Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.</p> <p class=”node-type-blog” style=”color: #373e44; margin: 0px; font-family: Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘DejaVu Serif’, serif; font-size: 18px;”>The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”</p>

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