Fixed Term Associate Legal Officer
Fixed Term Associate Legal Officer - Justice Initiative
Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits
Required from 17 May until 30 November 2021
New York, Washington or Baltimore
Do you want to help make the world a better place with your practical experience managing and developing litigation? We are seeking a fixed-term Associate Legal Officer from 17 May until 30 November 2021, based in New York, Washington D.C or Baltimore. This person will provide a variety of administrative, legal research, and drafting services for Justice Initiative litigation.
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.
The Open Society Justice Initiative (JI) uses strategic litigation and other kinds of legal advocacy to defend and promote the rule of law and advance human rights. We employ litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance across a range of issues.
As an Associate Legal Officer at Open Society Justice Initiative, under the supervision of the Managing Legal Officer for Litigation, you will:
- Provide legal advice to team members and partners within and outside OSF, evaluating issues and cases for involvement, with a focus on ethics and professional responsibility;
- Conduct legal research on how ethical and practice-of-law obligations apply in varied situations, accounting for multi-jurisdictional and transnational litigation;
- Develop and draft guidance and protocols in matters relating to ethics and professional responsibility;
- Support research on issues, organizations, and other matters, and compile research into concise, relevant material;
- Prepare and conduct info sessions with staff and partners on relevant legal issues;
- Collaborate closely with external partners, including communities, specialists, and outside counsel.
What we are looking for:
- Graduate degree in law with active license to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction; New York State license preferred;
- Subject-matter expertise in ethics and professional responsibility;
- Familiarity conducting all-source research via websites, Lexis/Nexis, WestLaw, foreign source materials, academic studies, and interviews;
- Experience with case- and document-management systems, including the development of litigation-management software;
- Proven track record conducting research and writing and editing materials such as protocols, guidance, memoranda, powers of attorney, NDAs, and legal representation agreements;
- Proficiency in English, with strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Ability to effectively manage projects and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment, with a high attention to detail;
- Commitment to continuous learning and growth in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism and social justice;
- Commitment to listening and working with humility; ways of working that are respectful to all people; and that support space and voice for all diverse perspectives in our workplace.
- Desirable (but not required): Experience with human rights law and/or international law, and practical experience of working with non-governmental organizations highly desirable; Reading and writing proficiency in either French or Spanish is desirable.
What we offer:
- Ample opportunities to learn and grow with onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts;
- Top-notch benefits and perks designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance (pro-rated 20 vacation days, flexible work arrangements, 100 percent employer-paid health insurance, and much more;
- A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.
If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV via our website; we look forward to learning more about you.
Closing date: 14 May 2021.
We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.