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Director, Legal & Research

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 Description:

LWVUS is seeking an enthusiastic and tactical Director of Legal and Research to manage a small but mighty litigation team to innovate the federal litigation portfolio. The Director must show clear leadership ability with a record of inspiring teams towards high-quality work products and service while working to foster new approaches to enrich the organization’s impact and advancement.

The Director must have a genuine interest in coaching and developing legal minds, understand the relationship between policy and litigation, and have a desire to learn core policies, but with a knack for improving situations and processes. In addition, the Legal Director will directly supervise a staff attorney, law clerk, researchers, legal interns.

The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to lead, motivate, innovate, and work well with a diverse group of individuals in terms of age, experience, and worldview. The Legal Director will report to Chief Counsel, Senior Director of Advocacy and Litigation and be a strategic partner in meeting overall department goals and deliverables.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leadership and People Development
  • Provide strategic direction to the litigation team and keep relevant departments informed of strategy decisions and direction. 
  • Oversee the federal litigation portfolio, track and support state litigation portfolio.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Government Affairs, design and execute implementation strategies to ensure our legislative and litigation strategies and tactics are aligned towards the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Counsel, Senior Director of Advocacy and Litigation in support of any requests or inquiries from the LWVUS Board.
  • Develops research strategy, conducting research, overseeing consultants and staff, drafting, and editing white papers and reports, and conducting rapid response research to meet needs at a fast-paced organization.
  • Supervise annual in-kind litigation financial and DEI audits. 
  • Oversee case management and staff assignments.
  • Provide and ensure high-quality legal analyses of legislation, regulations, and other initiatives at the global, national, and state levels to ensure that they reflect best public health and legal practice.
  • Review work products of local counsel, including retainer agreements, pleadings and briefs, discovery and motion practice, and documents for evidentiary hearings and oral arguments. 
  • Work with outside lawyers and litigation counsels to support legal efforts.
  • Contribute to development appeals, grant reports, and other development activities that garner financial support for department and programmatic sustainability. Management and Supervision
  • Supervise, review, and train the litigation team as needed. Provide leadership, management, and mentoring to team.
  • Support state leaders in evaluating litigation opportunities and assisting with pairing the state with an appropriate legal partner, as needed.
  • Develop deep expertise in voting rights laws and relevant League policies, including a comprehensive understanding of the impact of League policies and positions in prospective litigation, and how variations in the law affect that impact, and how elections impact voting access and participation.
  • Conducts weekly 1:1s with staff and offers constructive and critical feedback, reviews litigation department reports for accuracy and completeness, and ensures staff meets their annual work plans. 
  • Assign appropriate staff to monitor the legal center on lwv.org and ensure information accurately reflects the League’s work and positioning, and provide cross-department support to keep the legal center updated, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor Degree or LL.M required. Must be willing to waive into District of Columbia.
  • Litigation experience preferred and demonstrated interest in voting rights, civil rights, and racial equity.
  • Commitment to LWVUS’s mission of empowering voters and defending democracy, as well as a passion for working with communities of color to build, wield, and share power and capacity to improve their communities and bring about broader social change.
  • Exceptional attention-to-detail and time-management skills. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and an ability to produce and inspire consistent, high-quality work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while juggling multiple projects and demands.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement new initiatives and consistently take work to the next level while balancing capacity and other resource needs.
  • Ten years of progressively legal experience.

LOCATION:

This position is based in Washington, DC. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, LWVUS staff will be working remotely until at least October 2021.

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.

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.

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 encourage women, minorities, and individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

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La Liga de Mujeres Votantes de los Estados Unidos está comprometida con un lugar de trabajo diverso e inclusivo basado en la igualdad de oportunidades. La Liga se compromete a contratar personal que refleje la gama completa de la raza, etnia, cultura, orientación sexual y la identidad socioeconómica de este país; un lugar de trabajo donde se fomenta la verdadera diversidad y se valoran e intercambian libremente diferentes perspectivas. Buscamos y alentamos activamente a las mujeres, las minorías, las personas con discapacidades, los inmigrantes, incluyendo los beneficiarios de DACA y las personas de comunidades tradicionalmente subrepresentadas, a aplicar.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, please send resumes to [email protected] with "Legal Director” 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.