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. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving 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, the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.
The Brennan Center’s Justice Program seeks to secure our nation’s promise of “equal justice for all” by tackling racial disparities and economic injustice, promoting a dignity-centered approach to crime and punishment, and creating a rational, effective, and fair justice system. Its priority focus is to reform the criminal legal system to unwind, and alleviate the harms of, mass incarceration. The program melds law, policy, and economics to produce new empirical analyses and innovative policy solutions to advance this critical goal.
The Brennan Center is seeking an attorney to join the Justice Program and help build a research and policy agenda to reduce the footprint of mass incarceration in the United States. The attorney will focus on research and drafting for issue briefs that analyze specific subjects in depth, and will also contribute to the Center’s major research reports. Additionally, the attorney will provide legal and drafting support to advance the Center’s advocacy efforts at the state, local, and federal levels.
The Justice Program’s methods include legal and empirical research and writing, legislative and policy advocacy, media and communications, and public education. The position is in-person and based at our headquarters in New York City and require little travel.
Qualifications - The ideal candidate will have:
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. As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.
Position Start Date: No sooner than October 4th, 2021
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.
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/oNiPBwnMe6/Counsel-Justice-Program and upload (as a pdf and as one document preferably) 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: email@example.com with “Counsel, Justice Program” 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 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