Director Legal Advocacy

Non Profit Organization
Lanham, MD
Jun 08, 2018
Jun 21, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
Responsible for coordinating the Foundation's legal activities on civil rights issues affecting people with epilepsy, developing and implementing the attorney network and database, developing and updating legal rights policy positions of the Foundation, managing the operations of the legal defense fund, including on the website, and for providing support on civil rights legal issues and cases to the Foundation, its affiliates, and advocates who are representing people with discrimination claims because of their epilepsy. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Implement and coordinate the legal advocacy activities of the Foundation and the legal defense fund, which provides pro bono or sliding fee scale legal assistance to every person who experiences discrimination because of their epilepsy, and technical assistance and support to attorneys representing people with epilepsy. Pursue cases that promote issues of national significance to all people with epilepsy and develop and expand the attorney network database to ensure adequate support around the country. Keep epilepsy case lists up to date. Keep legal portions of website up to date. Supervise law clerk(s) and intake coordinator. Provide training on legal issues to staff and affiliates. Write legal briefs, motions, articles. Maintain the Foundation's knowledge on legal and civil rights issues for people with epilepsy. Write related articles, pamphlets, and other materials. Develop or update public policy positions on legal or civil rights as needed. Provide the Foundation's position to the media, legislative and executive bodies as needed. Assist government affairs team with analyzing bills and policy positions concerning the rights of people affected by epilepsy. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBLITIES: The Director Legal Advocacy has supervisory responsibility. EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Must have a Law Degree and Bar Membership. Legislative analysis and drafting skills. · At least five years of experience, including plaintiff litigation, appellate advocacy, and/or management of a pro bono program or activities, employment, civil rights or disability law experience. SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, ETC: Knowledge of-- Excellent communication skills. Litigation practice, education and advocacy techniques. Civil rights and disability issues. Ability to-- Work with outside individuals, organizations and agencies, including law firms, attorneys and federal agencies to ensure the appropriate regulatory stance and support of Foundation's mission and cases. Communicate the Foundation's message in an articulate and persuasive manner. Write clearly for both lay and professional audiences. Use the internet and computer and database systems to build legal networks, communicate, research, and promote activities of the legal defense fund. Litigate, and apply litigation techniques, write appellate briefs, analyze and comment on regulations and legislation;