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. The Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to census protection, 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 the courts, in Congress and the states, and the court of public opinion.
The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program seeks a talented attorney to join our team working to advance fair and equitable representation in our political process. The attorney’s primary focus will be to help achieve a full, fair, and accurate 2020 Census. The attorney may also work on other issues, such as redistricting, election reform, and voting, depending on the program’s needs (and considering the attorney’s interests).
Our Census Project advocates for people the Census Bureau has long failed to count accurately, including communities of color and immigrants. An accurate count is critical to ensure that everyone is represented at the federal, state, and local levels and that all communities receive the funds they need for basic services such as food assistance, medical care, and education. Yet recent political controversies and widespread distrust in the federal government’s administration of the census threaten to depress the count and undermine the congressional apportionment, state and local redistricting, and federal funding processes that will rely on the count for years. We work to achieve an accurate count and ensure the proper use of census data. We do so in coalition with a nationwide movement of civil rights, immigrant rights, and good government groups.
The Brennan Center’s methods include litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, media and communications, legal and empirical research and writing, and public education. This position will be based at our headquarters in New York City and may require occasional travel.
Required. The position requires a J.D. and admission to the New York State Bar (or admission within six months of being hired).
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.
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/MortVNHmPp/Counsel-Democracy-Program-Litigation-And-Advocacy 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: firstname.lastname@example.org with "Census Attorney" in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Application in the system 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