The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is looking for an experienced and ambitious litigator as our part-time Senior Staff Attorney to focus on cutting-edge, constitutional impact litigation. The Senior Staff Attorney will report to the Legal Director as an integral member of our team’s mission to expand and defend civil liberties throughout Alaska and beyond. The Senior Staff Attorney must have the experience and requisite skills to successfully litigate every step of a complex case, starting with initial client contact and continuing through final resolution at trial or appeal. The position is in Anchorage.
The ACLU of Alaska is the Alaska affiliate of the national ACLU, the nation’s oldest and largest protector of the Bill of Rights. We are Alaska’s premier civil rights and civil liberties advocate, and are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that integrates litigation, public policy advocacy, public education, communications with the media and our members, and coalition building and grassroots organizing to defend and expand Alaskans’ constitutional rights and individual freedoms. As part of the ACLU’s 100th anniversary in 2020, and in the wake of the Trump administration’s daily assaults on civil liberties, the ACLU of Alaska is embarking on its most ambitious advocacy yet, which includes eliminating discrimination against LGBTQ individuals, dramatically reforming the criminal justice system, paring back the national security state and strengthening the right to privacy, ensuring that all Americans can freely and easily vote, and defeating perennial attempts to restrict women’s right to safe and legal abortions.
Anchorage consistently ranks as one of America’s top 10 cities: with 300,000 residents, it has typical big-city amenities of diverse restaurants, cultural attractions, good schools, and a major international airport with regular flights to Seattle (just 3½ hours away) and the rest of the Lower 48 plus summer flights to Asia and Europe. Surrounded by mountains and water, Anchorage offers hiking, boating, fishing, and skiing, and one can see moose, bears, eagles, and whales in town. With almost 20 hours of daily summer sunlight and winter’s northern lights, Anchorage offers the best of everything in the only state without any sales or personal income tax.
Job Description and Responsibilities
- In concert with the Legal Director, proactively seek out and creatively implement a strategic impact litigation program that advances key civil liberties by persuading state and federal courts, administrative tribunals, and regulatory agencies to recognize new or established legal principles;
- Represent the ACLU of Alaska and its clients in all aspects of complex impact litigation, including factual and legal research, discovery, motion practice, trials, appeals, and amicus briefs;
- Proactively identify litigation opportunities, and, in consultation with the Executive Director and Legal Director, select direct-representation and amicus cases for the ACLU of Alaska;
- Develop and maintain relationships with partner organizations, public interest law firms, legal service agencies, and other members of the Alaska legal community; and
- Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteer attorneys’ work on ACLU of Alaska cases.
- Serve as a spokesperson for the ACLU of Alaska, with the Communications Director and the Executive Director;
- Work with fellow ACLU of Alaska staff to integrate litigation with policy advocacy, communications and public education, and philanthropy; and
- Work with the Executive Director and Director of Philanthropy to participate in budget, donor, and planning meetings as needed.
- Law degree and a license to practice law in Alaska or the ability to be admitted by reciprocity or the next bar exam;
- Experience litigating complex civil trials and appeals in federal and state courts;
- Ability to work across the political spectrum with grasstops and diverse coalitions, including developing shared plans, and navigating internal political dynamics among partner groups;
- Exceptional initiative, vision, and ambition to build a vibrant, integrated litigation program through short- and long-term integrated strategies;
- Passion for, and a well-articulated knowledge of, civil liberties and social justice, and a familiarity with the work and mission of the ACLU;
- Exceptional analytical, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex issues and to communicate them tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences;
- Ability to edit the work of oneself and others to correct grammar and sharpen prose;
- Experience supervising staff and leading teams by listening, guiding, and supporting colleagues to achieve common goals;
- Keen attention to detail; ability to work simultaneously with initiative on multiple projects at various stages of completion; good problem-solving and collaboration skills; a positive, professional attitude with sound judgment, flexibility, determination, and good humor in a fast-paced, sometimes high-pressure office;
- An absolute commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards;
- Willingness to work beyond 9 to 5 and to travel throughout Alaska as needed; and
- Fluency with computers, Microsoft Office, and Westlaw.
This is an exempt, part-time, at-will position. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received but will be accepted until the position is filled, which will not be before June 11, 2018. Please email PDFs of your letter of interest, résumé, professional writing sample that has not been substantially edited by others, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Senior Staff Attorney.” Please state in your letter of interest how you learned of this position.
The ACLU of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.