Counsel, Democracy Program
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, promote democratic values in campaign finance and ethics in government, end mass incarceration, strengthen checks and balances, and preserve Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part public interest law center, part cutting-edge communications hub, we are known for our rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, in the courts, and in the court of public opinion.
Position: The Brennan Center seeks a talented early-to-mid-level attorney to work in the Democracy Program. The attorney’s primary responsibilities will be to help advance our ongoing efforts to reduce the outsized influence of money in politics, and will also include work on voting rights, election administration and possibly also government ethics. Our attorneys use multiple strategies to advance goals, including policy research and writing; legislative advocacy including drafting bills and providing advice to lawmakers; trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts; providing expert commentary to news media; working with coalitions; and participating in public events and education.
Qualifications: As an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, the Brennan Center is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated. A J.D. degree and admission in the New York State Bar, either before or shortly after employment commences, are required. We prefer candidates with approximately 2 to 3 years of legal experience (including clerkships, if any), but we will consider exceptional candidates, regardless of experience. We encourage applicants from diverse professional backgrounds, and demonstrated commitment to the public interest is a plus.
The ideal candidate will have:
Salary: The salary is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is available as well.
Applications: Applications are due by September 22, 2017, but earlier applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please visit http://www.brennancenter.org/employment and upload the following application materials: cover letter, resume, two writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Counsel Position (Democracy)” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.
As an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, the Brennan Center is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated.