Staff Attorney, Motor-Voter Enforcement

Washington, DC
Feb 21, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
Full Time
ABOUT THE JOBThe ACLU seeks a full-time position of Staff Attorney, Motor-Voter Enforcementnbsp;in the Voting Rights Projectnbsp;of the ACLU's National office in Washington, DC.The ACLU Voting Rights Project was established in 1965 - the same year that the historic Voting Rights Act (VRA) was enacted, and has litigated more than 300 cases since that time. Its mission is to build and defend an accessible, inclusive, and equitable democracy. We have three principles: (1) all Americans should be eligible to vote; (2) voting should be free and easy; and (3) all people should count equally. The Project employs an integrated advocacy approach, combining legislative advocacy, public education, and litigation, and has active cases in over a dozen states. Within the last few years, the Voting Rights Project has litigated cases in the Supreme Court including Department of Commerce v. New York, successfully challenging the Trump Administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census; and Shelby County v. Holder, defending the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act.The mission of the Voting Rights Project is to ensure that all Americans can participate freely and equally in the political process. The Project employs an integrated advocacy approach, combating voter suppression measures through a combination of legislative advocacy and litigation, and has active cases in over a dozen states.Reporting to the Project Director, the Staff Attorneynbsp;will help with all the work done by the Voting Rights Project to achieve this goal, but responsibilities will primarily focus on enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act (also known as the federal "Motor-Voter Law"), which, among other things, requires states to provide voter registration services through DMVs and public assistance offices. RESPONSIBILITIESParticipate in litigation of constitutional and statutory cases on a wide range of voting rights issues in the trial and appellate courts, with a focus on enforcement of the National Voter Registration ActConduct legal research and write legal memorandaHelp analyze legislation for potential litigationDevelop new cases and identify and work with potential plaintiffs and witnessesWork with and advise ACLU state affiliates on voting rights litigation and advocacyWork closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, and advocacy staff to advance voting rightsEngage in public speaking, including at law schools and conferencesSupervise law studentsTravel as required for litigation, conferences, and client developmentMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSJ.D. degreeCommitment to voting rights, racial justice, and other civil liberties and civil rights issuesSuperior analytic skills and legal research and writing skillsDemonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly and persuasivelyAdmission to the District of Columbia Bar, or willingness to obtain admission within one year of hiringCommitment to the mission of the ACLUDemonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstanceCommitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflictsPREFERREDnbsp;QUALIFICATIONSIndividuals with significant litigation experience are encouraged to applyFamiliarity with voting rights, racial justice, and other civil liberties and civil rights issues is desirableSelf-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressureAbility to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environmentABOUT THE ACLUFor 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it's ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mailnbsp;benefits.hrdept@. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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