Senior Attorney: 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, 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 the courts, in Congress and the states, and in the court of public opinion.
Position: The Brennan Center seeks an exceptional attorney to work in the Democracy Program, focusing on legal strategy across our issue areas. On Voting Rights and Elections, we work to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all American citizens. On Money in Politics, we work to reduce the power of money and special interests in our elections; to return voters to the center of our democracy by advancing and defending reforms that help create equal political opportunity; and to stem the erosion of norms designed to prevent the abuse of government power and resources for private aims. On Redistricting, we work 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. On Fair Courts, we work to promote and preserve norms of judicial independence and equal justice for all; develop policies that will safeguard courts from special interest influence and political interference while promoting a diverse bench; promote the appropriate role of the courts in constraining government action; and defend against efforts to undermine courts’ legitimacy.
This position will help develop, shape, and lead legal strategies to advance these goals. Reporting to the Director of the Democracy Program and working closely with program staff, the senior attorney will employ a combination of research and scholarship, litigation, advocacy, and public communications and education.
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 seven years of legal experience.
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 will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please visit http://www.brennancenter.org, click on employment, click on Apply Now (under this position), and upload the following application materials (preferably in pdf): 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.