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. 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.
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 ensuring that Congress and the courts serve their constitutional role as a check on executive power in the area of national security; reforming emergency powers to strengthen safeguards against abuse; ending racial, religious, and ethnic profiling in counterterrorism policies; bolstering First and Fourth Amendment protections in the digital age; promoting targeted and effective responses to far-right violence; and enhancing transparency, oversight, and accountability for intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
Position: The Brennan Center seeks an attorney for its Liberty and National Security Program. The position is based in the Brennan Center’s Washington, D.C. office and requires occasional travel to New York City and other locations. The position is funded for a two-year period; an extension of this period is possible but not guaranteed.
The attorney will focus primarily on the Program’s efforts to bolster the role of Congress and the courts as checks against executive overreach in the areas of emergency powers and war powers.
Responsibilities will include:
Required. A J.D. degree and admission to the bar is required, as well as a minimum of two years’ legal experience (which may include clerkships).
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.
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 April 23, but earlier applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/fgXuFUaF3Z/Counsel-Liberty-And-National-Security-Program and upload the following application materials AS ONE DOCUMENT where it asks for resume: 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: email@example.com with “Counsel Position (Liberty and National Security)” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Applying on our website is strongly preferred.
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