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Staff Attorney

About LWVUS 

The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS, the League) is a nonpartisan political organization that has fought for more than 100 years to improve American systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education, advocacy, and litigation. The enduring vitality and resonance of the League as a trusted force for change and good government comes from its unique decentralized structure: a national organization with strong partnerships at the grassroots level with more than 700 state and local Leagues across the country including the District of Columbia. At the national level, League activities are coordinated and staffed by two distinct but complementary organizations: The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF). 

Position Summary

The Staff Attorney will benefit from broad exposure to the wide variety of issues relating to the Leagues policy positions and our core work around voting rights and will assist with legal research relevant to the national litigation portfolio. The successful candidate will have a clear willingness to take responsibility for supporting state leaders with litigation across multiple states and/or cases at a time. The successful candidate will also be assigned research and other projects, including daily review of cases and other developments related to voting rights, redistricting and census, improving elections, and money in politics as well as other urgent policy issues. Work may also include supporting our lobbying work and occasional support to colleagues doing grassroots work and analysis. This is an excellent position in which to learn and practice advocacy law. 

The Staff Attorney will report to the Senior Director of Advocacy and Litigation and will play a crucial role in the overall work of the department to maintain an impactful, non-partisan policy advocacy program. This individual will also develop a range of materials and training programs to utilize and disseminate research and legal findings and to develop recommendations for public policy. This is an ideal growth opportunity for a talented attorney and advocate to have a significant impact on voting rights nationwide. This position will be a one-year position through June 30, 2021 with potential renewal based on need and funding. 

Essential Functions

  • Supports implementation of League political strategies and policy positions, primarily on election reform and voting rights issues. 

  • Assists Senior Director in assessing prospective state and federal litigation (as a party or amicus) around core issues and watchdog issues. 

  • Works with allied organizations to forward League policies, strategies, and mission. 

  • Provides oral and written briefings for Leagues, coalition partners, and allies. 

  • In collaboration with the Communications Department, helps to develop persuasive and informative materials, including but not limited to issue-specific policy reports, fact sheets, action alerts, talking points, issue briefs, op-eds for states. 

  • Supervises and mentors junior colleagues, where appropriate. 

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • J.D. from an accredited national law school and admission to any state bar in the United States. 

  • Minimum of one to three years of voting rights experience in either a traditional law firm, nonprofit, or government setting. 

  • Demonstrable commitment to working with and in diverse communities and promote DEI in the workplace. 

  • Evidence of strong organizational skills and an ability to track high volume of information at local, state, and federal level. 

  • Ability to conduct comprehensive research and translate legalese into plain language for non-legal audiences. 

  • Ability to multitask, balance competing needs, pay attention to detail, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Ability to work with and center historically marginalized or oppressed communities of different cultures and backgrounds. This includes having a mature understanding of how structural racism and prejudice impacts marginalized communities. 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a commitment to teamwork and collaboration. 

  • Experience working with volunteers preferred. 

  • Willingness to travel, work evenings, weekends, as needed. 

  • Personal and professional alignment with the LWVUS’s mission and values. 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Licensed attorney in good standing. 

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $65,000 to $75,000 commensurate with experience and the position also comes with a generous benefits package that includes 95 percent employer-sponsored health insurance, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, vacation days, sick days, pre-tax transit benefits, and the opportunity to contribute to a 401(k) plan. This position is temporary with an option to renew based upon performance and funding. 

The Staff Attorney will report to the Senior Director of Advocacy and Litigation. A portion of this individual’s time may be spent doing work for LWVUS’ sister organization, the LWV Education Fund. 

Location

This position is based in Washington, DC. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, LWVUS staff will be working remotely until advised that it is safe to return to work. During this period of remote work, we are working with staff members on an individual basis to set up flex schedules if needed for childcare or other care commitments.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The League of Women Voters of the United States is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace based on equal opportunity. The League is committed to hiring staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic identity; a workplace where true diversity is fostered, and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged. We actively seek and encourage women, minorities, persons with disabilities, immigrants, including DACA recipients and individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. 

ADA Specifications

This position is primarily sedentary and is performed in an office setting. The physical demands of this position are limited to the ability to use a computer, telephone, and standard office equipment, lift up to 25 lbs., bend, stoop, and carry materials used in financial activities. Routine travel within United States is necessary. 

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references from previous employers/supervisors to [email protected] with “Staff Attorney Application” in subject line. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. If you have questions about this position, please direct them to the same email. No phone calls please.