The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (ACLU-LA) seeks a leader who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment to join our dynamic team as a Staff Attorney. The staff attorney is a member of ACLU-LA’s leadership team and will report to the legal director. In addition, the staff attorney will manage an array of civil rights and civil liberties cases centered around our initiative or achieving racial and gender justice. 

ACLU-LA, the state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, is a private, non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights through advocacy, coalition-building, litigation, legislative, community mobilization, and public education.

ACLU-LA’s policy work includes but is not limited to, criminal justice reform; increasing access to the ballot box; advancing racial justice and LGBTQ equality; protecting religious freedom, reproductive justice, and the fair treatment of immigrants and refugees.

Job Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Executive Director and in cooperation with the Board of Directors, the Staff Attorney will be expected to perform duties which include:

  • Supervise and direct ACLU of Louisiana litigation, including complaint drafting, all aspects of discovery, motion practice, evidentiary hearings, and drafting briefs in trial and appellate courts;
  • Coordinate volunteer private attorneys nationally and statewide as cooperating counsel on all cases;
  • Collaborate with law student legal research volunteers at partner law schools and with attorneys and other staff at ACLU National and other affiliates as appropriate;
  • Research, investigate, develop, and present selected potential cases to the Legal Director based on requests for legal assistance that we receive
  • Ensure that requests for assistance are properly evaluated, processed, and recorded
  • Supervise interns and volunteers including law students and others;
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Legal Director and Executive Director.

Must be willing to work flexible and non-traditional hours as needed and required by exigencies of the work.  Some travel is required.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. and admission to the Louisiana Bar, or for an exceptional candidate, admission within one year of hire;
  • Considerable experience litigating in federal courts, with strong preference for experience in civil liberties cases. 
  • A deep and demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, and strong support for the goals of the ACLU;
  • Excellent research, writing, oral, advocacy, and analytical skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong self-motivation and capable of complex analytic work; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively.

Leading applicants will have:

  • Experience litigating in federal courts;
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil liberties issues;
  • Experience working with diverse communities, clients and coalition partners.

To Apply:

Click to Apply  and submit a letter of interest, your resume and three references (identifying their relationships to you).  

The ACLU of Louisiana is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Louisiana encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

The ACLU of Louisiana is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail careers@laaclu.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.