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 seeks a talented attorney to join its team in the Democracy Program working to prevent and solve civic problems caused by disinformation about elections. The attorney may also work on related issues of election administration and security.
Election disinformation has long served as a tool to mislead and intimidate voters, particularly voters of color. In recent years, and particularly in 2020, the amount and power of disinformation have exploded. Proponents of disinformation target not only voters, but also election workers and the electoral process itself. Political actors point to disinformation to justify voter suppression laws.
Our project to combat disinformation in elections works closely with election officials, fellow civil rights and voting rights groups, and researchers. We work to develop and advance key reforms that will promote accurate election information and protect election workers and voters from the threats and intimidation associated with election disinformation. The Brennan Center’s methods include legislative and policy advocacy, legal and empirical research and writing, litigation, media communications, and public education. This is an in-person position 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.
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.
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: No sooner than October 4th, 2021
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/iI9LejOwQ1/Counsel-Democracy-Program-Project-To-Combat-Election-Disinformation 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 “Counsel, Democracy Program (Project to Combat Election Disinformation)” 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