Terms of Employment: Full-Time/Permanent/Exempt
Salary: Subject to the NYCLU’s attorney salary scale, which is based on years of legal experience (starting salary for a lawyer with 2 years of experience is $72,000; for 5 years, $87,000)
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 190,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org.
The NYCLU seeks a staff attorney to conduct litigation and related advocacy in the NYCLU’s legal department. The staff attorney primarily will focus on immigrants’ rights issues, specifically combatting unlawful detention at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, New York (“Batavia”). The staff attorney also will work on the full range of NYCLU issues, including racial justice, criminal justice, free expression, equal protection, LGBT issues, women’s rights, police misconduct, due process, student rights, and privacy.
The NYCLU’s Legal Department is comprised of seventeen lawyers, an investigator, two paralegals, a data analyst, and a senior legal assistant. Legal Department staff work on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties cases in federal and state courts and in administrative tribunals. They also support the legislative, advocacy, and communications work of the NYCLU.
Roles & Responsibilities
Conduct litigation in federal and state courts and in administrative forums. Staff attorneys are responsible for NYCLU litigation and advocacy, preparing pleadings, motions, and briefs; conducting discovery; presenting oral arguments; and handling appeals;
- Engage in pre-litigation analysis and advocacy, including evaluating and following up on intakes; conducting factual investigations and legal analyses; utilizing the Freedom of Information Law; and drafting demand letters.
- Participate in public education on civil liberties and civil rights issues in the form of speaking engagements and published writings.
- Join several existing class-action cases challenging various aspects of immigration detention;
- Develop litigation and identify amicus opportunities to challenge detention practices at Batavia.
- Excellent writing, research, analytical, and communication skills;
- Two or more years of public-interest litigation experience;
- Familiarity with immigration law and a demonstrated commitment to working on behalf of immigrant communities;
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and advocate effectively, including an ability to initiate and follow through on public-interest litigation or advocacy;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a diverse, public-interest setting and to foster and support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace;
- Demonstrated commitment to the goals and priorities of the NYCLU;
- Admission to the New York Bar; and
- Fluency in Spanish will be an important consideration.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter that includes your unique qualifications for this position, where or how you learned of this job posting, and a recent writing sample (upload with your resume) that is wholly your own unedited work (submit a brief, motion, or memorandum of law, not to exceed 10 pages) via https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/309662/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/Staff-Attorney---Immigration
The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.