Litigator, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) (2 opportunities) - Georgeto

Washington D.C.
Feb 25, 2019
Apr 05, 2019
Full Time
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Litigator, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) (2 opportunities) - Georgetown University Law Center

The mission of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) is to use the power of the courts to defend American constitutional rights and values. Based at Georgetown University Law Center, ICAP draws on expert litigators, savvy litigation strategy, and the constitutional scholarship of Georgetown to vindicate individuals' rights and protect America's constitutional way of life.

The ICAP Litigator brings to bear advanced legal skills and extensive litigation experience to drive ICAP's complex litigation work, including with responsibilities 1) to pursue impact litigation in defense of constitutional rights and values and 2) to involve Georgetown Law students in such efforts. The Litigator draws on legal research provided by students enrolled in the practicum offered by the Institute, research assistants, and other ICAP attorneys to assist in crafting constitutional impact litigation strategies in close coordination with the Institute's Senior Litigators from Practice and Executive Director. Additionally, the Litigator, drawing on extensive previous legal writing experience, will carefully draft, revise, and edit portions of briefing materials to be filed in court pertaining to those cases; will assist in mooting the oral advocates arguing the cases; and may have opportunities to present oral argument directly in court. Furthermore, the Litigator supports ICAP's leadership in overseeing a practicum seminar designed to involve Georgetown Law students in understanding the nature of constitutional impact litigation and in contributing to ICAP's work. Overall, the Litigator is responsible for conceptualizing and implementing litigation strategies and tactics in complex court cases, including cases involving multiple plaintiffs and defendants; class actions; cases involving a wide range of legal claims, potentially to include a mix of federal-law and state- law claims; and cases arising in federal courts as well as in state courts around the country. Duties include but are not limited to:

Case Work

  • Develops litigation strategies for pursuing ICAP litigation.
  • Drafts of briefing materials.
  • Revises, editing, and providing feedback on briefing materials and actualizes changes.
  • Presents briefing materials to ICAP Senior Litigators.
  • Moots oral advocates preparing to argue in connection with ICAP litigation.
  • Prepares for and engage in oral advocacy in connection with ICAP litigation

Academic Design

  • Serves as deputy in practicum seminar involving students in ICAP litigation.
  • Provides mentorship, feedback, and guidance to practicum students.
  • Refines legal writing generated by the practicum and incorporating it into briefing associated with ICAP litigation.
  • Assists in the design of academic program offerings

Research Management

  • Oversees and provides feedback on legal research to determine appropriate ICAP involvement in constitutional litigation likely to have an impact at a programmatic or policy level.
  • Oversees and provides feedback on legal research to inform ICAP participation in constitutional impact litigation, including in support of written briefing materials and oral argument.


  • Bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctorate (JD)
  • Experience as a federal court clerk, ideally to include at the district court level
  • 7 to 10 years of experience in legal work after law school

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