Founded by law professor Philip Hamburger, the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) is a non-profit, public-interest law firm, which engages in pro bono litigation to defend the liberty established by the Constitution. NCLA is a brand-new organization, so don’t worry if you have not heard about it before. It focuses primarily on fighting administrative power and conditions on spending where they systematically threaten constitutional freedoms, including the freedom of speech, jury-trial rights, and due process. Rather than resist administrative power each and every place where it threatens substantive rights and interests—that is, instead of always playing defense—NCLA will target key administrative mechanisms that repeatedly and broadly threaten constitutionally protected rights. For example, NCLA will oppose Chevron and Auer deference to administrative agencies—doctrines that threaten judicial independence and unbiased judgment. Coordinating its efforts with other civil rights groups, NCLA will pursue strategic litigation that promises to curtail the administrative state’s threat to civil liberties.
The Institute for Free Speech seeks an experienced attorney to join its litigation team. A successful applicant will be expected to take a leading, independent role in First Amendment cases brought in federal and state courts.
Founded in 2005 by former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith, the Institute for Free Speech (formerly known as the Center for Competitive Politics) is the nation’s largest organization devoted solely to the protection of the First Amendment’s guarantees of free speech, press, assembly, and petition.
- As directed by IFS’s Legal Director, serve as counsel responsible for all stages of litigation, including: research; discovery; writing correspondence; writing complaints, memoranda, and briefs; motion practice; and court appearances
- Work directly with local counsel and clients
- Assist in writing advocacy materials, including legal backgrounders, blog posts, and opinion articles
- Write or assist with writing legal analysis of legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives