Staff Attorney [WRP-19]

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • New York, NY 10004
  • Jun 15, 2018
Full time Public Policy

Job Description

Staff Attorney [WRP-19], Women’s Rights Project, New York, NY

Office:  National Offices, New York, NY

Location:  New York


APRIL 25, 2018




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.



  • Manage and develop significant litigation in federal and state court including trial and appellate court litigation, prepare and respond to written discovery requests, take and defend depositions, engage in motion practice, write briefs, present oral arguments, and conduct trials.
  • Work with other ACLU department staff to further the ACLU’s strategic plan on women’s rights.
  • Provide assistance and advice to ACLU affiliates on litigation, legislative advocacy, and communications efforts.
  • Work closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, and advocacy staff members.
  • Engage in public speaking, including representing ACLU positions to the media and public generally.
  • Develop relationships with other advocates, lawyers, and potential clients.
  • Supervise fellows, student interns, and support staff.
  • Travel as required for litigation, policy advocacy, conferences, and public speaking.
  • 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, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.



  • D. and a minimum of three years of litigation experience required. Applicants with more experience are also encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of legal issues involving women’s rights, gender justice, reproductive rights, racial justice and/or LGBTQ rights strongly preferred.
  • Experience in employment law a plus.
  • Demonstrably excellent legal research, writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to engage in complex legal analysis and fact investigation in impact litigation, policy, and legislative advocacy settings, sometimes under tight deadlines.
  • Proven project management and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, pay attention to detail, and meet deadlines while under pressure.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment.
  • Ability to think creatively and engage in strategic planning about how to advance gender justice conversations in and out of the courtroom.
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.



The ACLU offers a generous compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.



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:   Reference  [WRP-19/ACLU-W] in the subject line.

Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Women’s Rights Project posting. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

Please indicate where you learned of this career opportunity.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

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The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.