Staff Attorney [WRP-19], Women’s Rights Project, New York, NY
Office: National Offices, New York, NY
Location: New York
APRIL 25, 2018
STAFF ATTORNEY [WRP-19]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Women’s Rights Project, New York
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s protecting the rights of immigrants, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for women and the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.
The Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU seeks applicants for a full-time Staff Attorney position in its National Office in New York.
The last year has seen dramatic engagement with women’s rights and gender justice issues as reflected in the Women’s Marches and the unprecedented public conversation about sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace fueled by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. The Women’s Rights Project seeks an attorney who is creative, who is deeply engaged in intersectional conversations about women’s rights and the unique challenges facing women of color, who can capitalize on this moment, and who can build a docket of significant cases to address women’s rights and gender justice.
The Women’s Rights Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes. The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, freedom of religion and belief, and the rights of people with disabilities.
Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women's Rights Project (WRP) has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women’s full equality in American society. WRP is dedicated to the advancement of the rights and interests of women and works to break down gender stereotypes that limit opportunities for individuals. Through litigation, advocacy, grassroots mobilization, and public education, WRP pushes for change and systemic reform in those institutions that perpetuate discrimination based on gender. WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court, in advocacy efforts for women’s rights at the state and federal level, and in significant communications efforts on behalf of women and girls.
WRP focuses on women’s rights in the following priority areas: employment, education, and gender-based violence.
The Staff Attorney will report to the Director of the Women’s Rights Project and will possess the ability to contribute to all aspects of the Project’s litigation and non-litigation work.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The ACLU offers a generous compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Individuals interested in applying should send a letter of interest, current resume, law school transcript, legal writing sample unedited by others, and names and telephone numbers of three references to: hrjobsWRP@aclu.org. Reference [WRP-19/ACLU-W] in the subject line.
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