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Counsel, Democracy Program: Redistricting

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, 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 strategies, and we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

Position: The Brennan Center seeks an exceptional attorney to join the Democracy Program to work on redistricting projects. With our redistricting project, we seek to protect the right to vote and prevent manipulation of electoral rules; promote fair, transparent, and participatory redistricting and representation; and prevent the abuse of redistricting for undue partisan gain or to disadvantage minority communities.  Team members work to advance these goals through a combination of advocacy, litigation, academic research and writing, media communications, public education, and legislative drafting.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participating at the appellate and trial court level in redistricting litigation brought under the U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act, including work on case development, discovery, motion practice and briefs, and drafting and coordinating amicus briefs.
  • Advancing redistricting reform at state and federal levels, counseling and providing strategic advice to advocates and federal and state policy makers on redistricting questions, assisting in drafting and reviewing legislation.
  • Conducting legal and academic research and writing reports, articles, and other public-facing pieces on redistricting-related topics.
  • Contributing to the public debate about democracy and fair redistricting through media and communications work, including public speaking engagements, media appearances, blog posts, op-eds, and conferences.
  • Contributing to the effective administration of a dynamic and wide-ranging program, including mentoring of staff, participation in recruitment and hiring, and working with communications, research, and development professionals.

Qualifications: A J.D. degree and admission in the New York State Bar, either before or shortly after employment commences, are required, as well as a minimum of one to three years of legal experience (including clerkships, if any).

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Exceptional writing skills for a variety of audiences (including legal, legislative, journalistic, and public).
  • Strong strategic thinking skills, and the capacity to conceptualize, develop, execute, and achieve the intended goals
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the work of the Brennan Center.
  • Excellent analytic and research skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team-based and deadline-driven environment while maintaining a heavy docket of work.
  • Ability to work effectively in a coalition and with diverse clients and allies.
  • Creativity, versatility, and flexibility.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Openness to feedback.
  • Strong public speaking and communications skills.

Salary: The salary is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is available as well.

Applications:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, visit http://www.brennancenter.org/employment. Please upload (preferably in pdf) 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: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with “Redistricting Counsel” 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.

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