Counsel, Reproductive Rights and Health

Washington D.C.
Compensation will be both competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background an
Apr 20, 2018
May 25, 2018
Full Time


The National Women’s Law Center seeks a lawyer to work as a Counsel on the Reproductive Rights and Health team – this is a full-time exempt position, for which funding has been secured for at least one year (with possible renewal based on funding availability).  Candidates with five or more years of related experience will be considered for a senior counsel position.

The Organization

We are passionate champions of national and state policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives—at school, at work, at home, in their families, and in their communities. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income – and we make change happen. We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation. The Center has a staff of about 80 and an annual budget of more than $13 million. For more information on the Center, visit
NWLC provides an intellectually-stimulating workplace with passionate, dedicated colleagues who work hard to fight for the rights of women and girls in the primary areas of reproductive rights and health, income security, education, and workplace justice.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The National Women’s Law Center is seeking a lawyer to work on the Center’s Reproductive Rights and Health program with a specific focus on reproductive rights and judicial nominees. 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:     
• Engaging in research and analysis on judicial nominees’ records on reproductive rights issues;
• Drafting a variety of written materials;
• Helping to shape strategy around judicial nominees;
• Engaging in federal advocacy on judicial nominees and reproductive rights issues;
• Maintaining close working relationships with coalition partners;
• Working closely with other staff at the Center.

The candidate must have:
• A Law degree;
• At least 3 years of relevant experience;  candidates with five or more years of related experience will be considered for a senior counsel position;
• Strong research and analytical skills;
• Ability to collaborate with team members and coalition partners;
• Knowledge of constitutional law;
• A commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values;

The ideal candidate will have:
• Knowledge of and experience with reproductive rights or judicial nominations;
• Understanding of intersectionality and reproductive justice;
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
• A collaborative and collegial approach;
• An ability and desire to work in a team-based environment;
• A high degree of self-motivation and an ability to identify and seize opportunities;
• Creativity and strategic judgment;
• An ability to communicate persuasively and clearly, in writing and orally;
• Attention to detail;
• Flexibility and a sense of humor.

Compensation will be both competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.

The Center offers excellent benefits, including pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical, dependent care, and transportation, and four weeks of annual vacation.

Office located on the Red Metro Line in Dupont Circle.

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume, 5-10 page writing sample, and three references. Electronic submissions are preferred at Please include position title in the subject line. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources Department, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185. Applications accepted until position is filled.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities, people of all genders, people of color (including bilingual and bicultural individuals), veterans, and LGBTQI individuals.

Reasonable Accommodations
As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at or you may send the request by mail to the address above, ATTN: Human Resources Director.