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Attorney, Democracy Program - The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

December 22, 2015 5:06 PM | Anonymous member

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Counsel, Democracy Program (Redistricting/Voting Rights & Elections)
Location: New York, NY Department: Democracy Program Type: Full Time Min. Experience: Mid Level+ View details The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines research, scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program advances and defends core democratic values and includes projects dedicated to expanding the right to vote, improving the administration of our election systems, reducing the corrupting influence of money in politics, maintaining the impartiality of the judiciary, and ensuring a fair redistricting process. The Program seeks to bring the ideal of representative self-government closer to reality, by eliminating barriers to full and equal political participation and by striving to ensure that public policy and institutions represent and reflect the diverse voices and interests that make for a rich and energetic democracy. The Brennan Center achieves these goals through a rich combination of research and writing, direct advocacy, public education, litigation and legislative drafting.

Position: The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is seeking an experienced attorney to work in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program. The Counsel will work on two projects: Voting Rights and Elections, which works to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all Americans, and Redistricting and Representation, which works to ensure fair redistricting practices that enable communities to be fairly represented in legislatures.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting legal, academic, and factual research and writing reports that shed light on problems in our systems of democracy and propose concrete policy solutions.
    Advancing Brennan Center goals through media and communications work, including public speaking engagements, media appearances, blog posts, op-eds and conferences.
    Supervising appellate and trial court litigation or amicus practice to protect and expand voting rights, including work on case development, discovery, and motions and briefs.
    Coordinating legislative and policy advocacy at the state and federal level. Counseling federal and state policy makers and advocates, and drafting and reviewing legislation.
    Assisting with management of a dynamic and wide-ranging project, including spearheading recruitment and hiring processes for new positions.

Qualifications: The position requires a J.D. degree; 5 or more years of legal experience (including clerkships, if any) in the public interest, government, private, or academic sectors; and admission in the New York State Bar either before or shortly after it commences. The ideal candidate will have exceptional written and oral communications skills; a strong litigation background; demonstrated success in policy advocacy; a strong entrepreneurial spirit; a passion for the work of the Center; and experience working with the media. This position requires the ability to work effectively in a team-based and deadline-driven environment. It also requires exceptional writing skills (for a variety of audiences, including legal, legislative, journalistic, and public); excellent analytic, strategic, and research skills; creativity, versatility, and flexibility; strong coalitional and coordination skills; and the ability to deal with diverse clients and allies. Demonstrated commitment to the public interest is a real plus.

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated.

Salary: The salary is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.


Education requirements

Juris Doctor

How to apply

Applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. To apply, please upload (where it says “attach resume”) as one document 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: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with “Democracy Attorney – Redistricting/Voting” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. --------------- Counsel, Democracy Program (Voting) Location: New York, NY Department: Brennan Center for Justice, New York Office Type: Full Time Min. Experience: Experienced+ View details The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines research, scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program advances and defends core democratic values and includes projects dedicated to expanding the right to vote, improving the administration of our election systems, reducing the corrupting influence of money in politics, maintaining the impartiality of the judiciary, and ensuring a fair redistricting process. The Program seeks to bring the ideal of representative self-government closer to reality, by eliminating barriers to full and equal political participation and by striving to ensure that public policy and institutions represent and reflect the diverse voices and interests that make for a rich and energetic democracy. Brennan Center attorneys achieve these goals through a rich combination of academic research and writing, direct advocacy, public education, litigation and legislative drafting. Position: The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is seeking an experienced attorney to work in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program. The Counsel will be assigned primarily to our Voting Rights and Elections team, which works to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all Americans. Our current signature proposal is to modernize the voter registration system which would save money, increase accuracy and participation, and add an additional 50 million voters to the rolls permanently. At the same time, we actively defend against to restrict the vote by spearheading strategic impact litigation, groundbreaking studies, and national public education campaigns. The Counsel may also be assigned to another team as well. Responsibilities include: • Conducting legal and academic research and authoring reports that shed light on problems in our systems of democracy and propose concrete policy solutions. • Leading appellate and trial court litigation or amicus practice to protect and expand voting rights, including work on case development, discovery, motions, and briefs. • Advancing Brennan Center goals through media and communications work, including public speaking engagements, media appearances, blog posts, op-eds and conferences. • Coordinating legislative and policy advocacy at the state and federal level. • Counseling federal and state policy makers and advocates, and drafting and reviewing legislation. • Working closely with and supervising teams of attorneys, researchers, fellows, and communications professionals. • Assisting with management of a dynamic and wide-ranging program, including spearheading recruitment and hiring processes for new positions. Qualifications: The position requires a J.D.; 6 or more years of legal experience (including clerkships, if any) in the public interest, private, or government sectors; and admission in the New York State Bar either before or shortly after it commences. The ideal candidate will have a strong litigation background; demonstrated success in policy advocacy; a strong entrepreneurial spirit; a passion for the work of the Center; and experience working with the media. This position requires the ability to work effectively in a team-based and deadline-driven environment. It also requires exceptional writing skills (for a variety of audiences, including legal, legislative, journalistic, and public); excellent analytic, strategic, and research skills; creativity, versatility, and flexibility; strong coalitional and coordination skills; and the ability to work effectively with diverse clients and allies. Demonstrated commitment to the public interest field a real plus. The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated. Salary: The salary is highly competitive in the field and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package as well. Applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. To apply, visit http://brennancenter.theresumator.com/apply/87d7ou/Counsel-Democracy-Program-Voting.html. Please upload (where it says “attach resume”) as one document 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: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with “Democracy Attorney” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.




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