Staff Attorney

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121 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation
Street address: 
121 Middle Street
City: 
Portland
State: 
Maine
ZIP: 
04101
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Staff Attorney

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation (ACLU of Maine) seeks an experienced litigator with a passion for the full range of ACLU issues for the position of Staff Attorney.

About the Organization:

The ACLU is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Maine, founded in 1968, advances the ACLU’s mission in Maine through litigation, legislative advocacy, public education and organizing with 11 paid staff, numerous volunteers, and more than 8,000 members.

The ACLU of Maine has an active annual legal docket of approximately 10-15 cases addressing a variety of issues. Our legal strategies are part of a multi-disciplinary approach to advocacy that integrates legal, policy, and communications tools and is built on the belief that fighting for civil liberties and rights means not just persuading judges but also gaining the support of policy makers, government officials and the general public.

The Position:

Under the direction of the Legal Director, the Staff Attorney will further the affiliate’s litigation program and will work in concert with other staff to advance our civil liberties agenda.

The Staff Attorney will be responsible for developing civil liberties and civil rights impact litigation. The attorney will litigate individual and class action cases raising constitutional and statutory claims in Maine and federal courts, at trial and appellate levels, through direct representation and the filing of amicus briefs. The attorney should anticipate working in a range of civil liberties and civil rights areas. The Staff Attorney, in conjunction with the Legal Director, works closely with cooperating attorneys from private firms and with other public interest attorneys, including attorneys with the National ACLU and other ACLU affiliate offices.

Qualifications:

Required qualifications include:
• Minimum of 2 years litigation experience;
• Ability to litigate independently and under pressure;
• Ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and communicate them to a variety of audiences;
• Excellent writing and analytical skills;
• Skills as an articulate public advocate;
• Personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor;
• Ability to work long hours and weekends when needed;
• Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, organizers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations and coalitions; and
• Membership in the Maine Bar (or must pass next Maine Bar Examination if currently a member of another state bar).

Desired Qualifications

• Experience supervising other attorneys, litigation assistants, interns, organizers, or advocacy staff;
• Non-profit experience a plus.

Compensation:

Salary depends on experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation in addition to 12 office holidays; medical and dental insurance; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match.

To Apply:

Initial review of applications begins June 10, 2017. While the position is open until filled, there is no guarantee that applications received after the initial review date will be reviewed. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply immediately.

Applicants should email a resume, cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in this position, three references (who will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior approval), and short writing sample (no more than fifteen pages) to the attention of Legal Director at [email protected]. Please put “Staff Attorney” in the subject line. NO CALLS, PLEASE.

The ACLU of Maine is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

Requirements: 

Qualifications:

Required qualifications include:
• Minimum of 2 years litigation experience;
• Ability to litigate independently and under pressure;
• Ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and communicate them to a variety of audiences;
• Excellent writing and analytical skills;
• Skills as an articulate public advocate;
• Personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor;
• Ability to work long hours and weekends when needed;
• Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, organizers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations and coalitions; and
• Membership in the Maine Bar (or must pass next Maine Bar Examination if currently a member of another state bar).

Desired Qualifications

• Experience supervising other attorneys, litigation assistants, interns, organizers, or advocacy staff;
• Non-profit experience a plus.

To apply: 

Applicants should email a resume, cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in this position, three references (who will not be contacted without the applicant’s prior approval), and short writing sample (no more than fifteen pages) to the attention of Legal Director at [email protected]. Please put “Staff Attorney” in the subject line. NO CALLS, PLEASE.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Expiration date: 
Saturday, June 10, 2017