Job Summary: Position Overview:
The ACLU of Utah seeks an experienced, dynamic, creative, and thoughtful attorney who will focus on multiple civil liberties and civil rights issues using litigation and other advocacy strategies.
Primary Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities will include:
•Assisting in investigating, developing and litigating high-impact cases at the trial and appellate level in federaland state courts.•Serving as policy analyst and advocate on state and local issues in support of legislation and other campaigns,including public speaking; media interviews; “know your rights” presentations; and writing op-eds, newsletterarticles, and reports.•Providing technical support and strategic leadership to community groups, advocates and organizers in theregion.•Conducting direct outreach and advocacy to public officials.•Supervising, along with the Legal Director, paralegal staff.•Managing interns.
The Staff Attorney reports directly to the ACLU of Utah’s Legal Director, but will also collaborate with other attorneys or staff on particular projects. In most litigation, the Staff Attorney will work on a team of lawyers including both ACLU of Utah staff and cooperating lawyers from the private bar.
Desired Qualifications: Qualifications and other Required Skills and Attributes:
Applicants must have a law degree from an accredited law school and be admitted to practice law in Utah or be licensed and in good standing in another state and willing and able to obtain a Utah law license within six months. We seek to fill this position with an attorney with 2 or more years of litigation experience. The successful applicant must also have a demonstrated commitment,
through previous professional, volunteer or lived experience, to civil rights and civil liberties. The position requires excellent legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, as well as strong analytical, interpersonal, and time-management skills. The individual must be an outstanding communicator who is able to effectively convey the mission and activities of the ACLU to a variety of diverse constituencies and to the broader public. We are looking for a flexible team player who is also comfortable working independently and taking initiative. Applicants must have patience, emotional intelligence, cultural competency, and an anti-racist perspective. Applicants must be able to occasionally work evenings, weekends or variable hours as cases and other work may require. On occasion, travel is required throughout the state, and may be requested for nationwide conferences or trainings.Preferred Skills and Experiences:
Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience using litigation, advocacy, and community engagement strategies as part of a creative response to civil rights and civil liberties violations in affected communities. •Experience in Utah state or federal courts is a plus.•Pertinent litigation experience could include drafting pleadings, preparing and responding to discovery,conducting and defending depositions, writing trial and appellate briefs, examining witnessesand arguing motions or appeals.•Relevant advocacy experience could include writing letters to or testifying before government agencies orlegislative bodies seeking policy changes.•Community engagement may include work with other organizations on shared goals or objectives, grassrootsorganizing, preparation of know your rights materials or public education presentations.•Fluency in languages other than English spoken in the community is preferred.
Benefits / Why Work for Us: Compensation and Benefits: Salary will be based on relevant legal experience and skills. The salary range for this position is $55,000-65,000. Excellent benefits include paid time off, 12 weeks of parental leave, medical and dental coverage, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance, robust professional development support, and a 401(K) with employer matching contribution that vests after one year of employment.
How to Apply: To Apply: Please submit a resume, a recent writing sample (no more than 5 pages, which can be an excerpt from a brief), and a brief cover letter describing your interest in the position to Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until January 25th. Applications submitted after that date will not be considered.
Compensation Type: Annual salary
Hourly Wage Minimum: This is a salary position.
Hourly Wage Maximum: This is a salary position.
Salary Minimum: $55,000
Salary Maximum: $65,000
Closing Date: 01/25/2021
Status: Full Time
Location: Salt Lake City


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Contact Name: John Mejia