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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Virginia

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Senior Staff Attorney JOB SUMMARY The Senior Staff Attorney I is responsible for proactively developing and executing litigation and other legal advocacy strategies to achieve the ACLU-VA’s strategic priorities and to advance civil liberties and civil rights in Virginia. The Senior Staff Attorney I will lead and/or co-counsel litigation on a variety of issues, will oversee the legal program’s intake and case development processes, and will have supervisory authority over paralegals and investigators as assigned. In collaboration with the Legal Director, the Senior Staff Attorney I will help set priorities and develop strategies for the organization’s legal work. The Senior Staff Attorney I will also participate in non-litigation advocacy, including supporting legislative work, participating in public speaking engagements, and drafting press or public education materials. RESPONSIBILITIES Litigation and Legal Advocacy • Develop and execute a wide range of federal, state, and administrative litigation, including impact litigation, complex class-action litigation, appeals, and amicus briefs, in conjunction with the national ACLU, with other advocacy organizations, and with cooperating attorneys; • Participate in case selection and development, including conducting factual and legal research, evaluating legal theory and strategy, identifying and analyzing potential claims, determining possible plaintiffs and defendants, interviewing clients and potential witnesses, working with experts, preparing internal memoranda, and drafting demand letters and litigation-related pleadings and briefs; • Lead or co-counsel selected litigation, including drafting pleadings, motions, briefs and correspondence; conducting discovery; taking and defending depositions; arguing motions; trying cases; handling appeals; working with experts; negotiating and monitoring settlement agreements; and pursuing attorney’s fee awards; • Appear and argue cases in federal court, state court, and before administrative agencies; • Seek out and cultivate relationships with cooperating attorneys for potential litigation; and • Monitor litigation being handled by cooperating attorneys and provide supervision and/or assistance as needed. Legal Program Leadership and Support • Supervise designated legal staff, including managing their performance and professional development; • In collaboration with the Legal Director, set priorities for the legal team and develop litigation and other legal advocacy strategies on specific matters; • Supervise the development and implementation of legal program policies, procedures, and systems – such as the intake and case selection process; case management process; paper and electronic filing systems; and legal docket; • Oversee review and consideration of intakes and other requests for assistance received by the ACLU of Virginia; assign and conduct research or factual follow-up as necessary, and propose and/or consider recommendations for additional action; • Develop and conduct, as appropriate, staff training sessions, workshops, continuing legal education events, and other events on specific issues; • Develop and maintain relationships with the legal staff at the national ACLU, its projects, and other affiliates and collaborate on litigation and investigations that arise in Virginia; • Develop and maintain relationships with legal services agencies, law firms, and other public interest attorneys in Virginia; and • Prepare memoranda and reports as needed. Legislative, Advocacy, and Communications Support • Speak at public forums, meetings, and events on various civil liberties and civil rights topics, as requested or as necessary; • Serve as a spokesperson for the ACLU of Virginia on cases and legal issues for the media, as requested or as necessary; • Write articles for the ACLU of Virginia website and other media regarding legal issues and cases, as requested or as necessary; • Act as a resource for communications and advocacy staff, and draft memoranda, reports, public education materials, and legislative advocacy materials, as requested or as necessary; • Identify and research issues related to legislation, local ordinances, and agency rules and regulations; working in collaboration with the advocacy team, draft memoranda or advocacy letters and testify, provide public comment, or lobby on such matters as necessary; and • Assist in fundraising efforts by participating in meetings with donors, as requested. Other Jan 15, 2020