The NCLA is a non-profit, public interest law firm, which engages in pro-bono litigation to defend the liberty established by the Constitution. It focuses primarily on fighting administrative power and conditions on spending where they systematically threaten constitutional freedoms, including the freedom of speech, jury rights, and due process.
The NCLA acts in coordination with other civil rights organizations. Rather than try to resist administrative power wherever it threatens substantive rights and interests, it works against the administrative mechanisms (such as Chevron and Auer deference) that repeatedly threaten constitutionally protected rights.
The NCLA is supported entirely by contributions from foundations and individuals.
Attorneys at the Counsel level are expected to have strong time-management, research, analytical, writing, and oral advocacy skills. They work under the supervision of Senior Counsel, but should have the ability to exercise good judgment and work independently on significant matters. Counsel play a leading role in conducting fact discovery and legal research, and in preparing initial drafts of written correspondence and pleadings. Counsel should also be prepared to provide sound strategic advice grounded in the relevant evidence and applicable law. Counsel should independently track deadlines in any matters they are working on. In preparing to advance to the Senior Counsel level, Counsel should look for opportunities to build client relationships, give media interviews, conduct depositions, participate in oral argument, and supervise the work of junior attorneys.
The ideal candidate will meet the following qualifications:
- two to four years of active litigation experience, preferably in federal court;
- excellent research and writing skills;
- federal or state appellate clerkship;
- law review.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF with your name in the file title:
- Cover letter indicating:
- your salary requirements,
- your preference for being located in New York City or Washington DC,
- why you are interested in the position
- Two examples of legal writing that accurately reflect your abilities in active litigation practice
- Any other writing samples, including academic writing, you think relevant
Please include “Counsel, NCLA – Your Name” in the subject line of your email.
Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.