Counsel (Entry-Level), Liberty and National Security

New York, NY
Full Time
Entry Level

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. 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 protections in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion. 

The Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program works to advance effective national security policies that respect the rule of law and constitutional values. Our current program priorities include ending racial, religious, and ethnic profiling in counterterrorism policies; enhancing transparency, oversight, and accountability for intelligence and law enforcement agencies; bolstering First and Fourth Amendment protections in the digital age; ensuring that Congress and the courts serve their constitutional role as a check on executive power in the area of national security; and reforming emergency powers to strengthen safeguards against abuse.

Position 

The Brennan Center seeks a talented entry-level attorney to join its team in the Liberty and National Security Program, working on a range of issues related to U.S. counterterrorism laws and policies, particularly its impact on communities of color and social justice movements.

 

The Brennan Center’s methods include legislative and policy advocacy, legal and empirical research and writing, litigation, media communications, and public education.

Note: This is a hybrid position.  Staff are currently working from home 2 days a week. This position is based in New York City.  It will require occasional travel as well.

Responsibilities Include

  • Providing research support for reports and policy proposals, including research (legal, social science, and news-based), fact checking, legal cite checking, and proofreading.
  • Assisting with policy advocacy, sometimes through work in coalitions, to change policies and laws at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Supporting the preparation of written work (including articles, opinion pieces, speeches, reports, and organizational materials), with opportunities for named authorship.
  • Co-authoring reports and policy proposals, with opportunities for named authorship.
  • Participating in litigation, including research, brief writing, and strategy development, with team members, allied organizations, and/or pro bono law firm counsel.
  • Helping to supervise and mentor program associates and legal and undergraduate interns. 
  • Taking on special projects and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications 

Required: The position requires a J.D. and admission to the bar of the office where the employee is based (or admission within one year of being hired). This is an entry-level position open to applicants who are recent law school graduates, judicial law clerks, and others with 1-2 years of post-law school experience.

Ideal: The ideal candidate will have some combination of the following experiences and qualifications. We recognize that many excellent candidates may not have all these experiences and qualifications and we will provide support for the successful candidate to acquire additional skills.

  • Excellent legal research and analysis skills.
  • A creative, problem-solving mindset, with demonstrated ability to turn ideas into products or actions.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize effectively in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Desire and ability to write for a variety of audiences, including the general public. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sound judgment, including the ability to work with diverse constituencies both inside and outside the organization. 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Openness to feedback.
  • Full-time work experience in any field prior to or during law school is a plus.

The Brennan Center is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace. We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true-self and feel a strong sense of belonging. We seek to hire employees who have a commitment to these values. In addition, we expect employees to participate in and contribute to DEI initiatives and activities with respect to recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.

Salary: The salary is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience, set according to a published scale. A generous benefits package is provided as well.

Position Start Date: Latest September 2022

Applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with the position to be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. To apply, please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/QLBHydYArC/Counsel-EntryLevel-Liberty-And-National-Security and upload (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 “Counsel (Entry-Level), Liberty and National Security” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

Note: The Brennan Center is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors. As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Welcomes and hires applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic identities and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated;
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 

  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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