Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & HIV Project

Full Time
2 weeks ago


  • Writing pleadings and briefs, conducting discovery and motion practice, handling hearings and trials, and arguing appeals in both federal and state courts
  • Working with ACLU political advocacy and affiliate staff on bills in state legislatures and in Congress
  • Drafting policy analysis designed to effect change in state and federal administrative agencies
  • Engaging in community outreach and public speaking, including representing ACLU positions to the media and the public generally
  • Working closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, advocacy, and fundraising professionals
  • Developing strong co-counsel relationships with other public interest lawyers and ACLU volunteer lawyers
  • Supervising law clerks
  • Traveling as required for litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, conferences, and public speaking


  • J.D. degree and admission to practice in one state is required. If the candidate is not already admitted to practice in New York, admission to the New York Bar is required within one year of hire
  • Superior analytic skills and excellent research skills
  • Capacity to perform complex legal analytical work
  • Demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly and persuasively
  • Applicants should be self-starters, be diligent, and have the proven ability to work with a wide range of people and to perform under pressure
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • 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, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • Significant litigation experience, including in federal court
  • Experience with constitutional issues, legislation, and community outreach
  • Familiarity with LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS and other civil liberties issues
New York, NY