Protect Democracy seeks highly motivated lawyers to join our team as Counsel. In this role, you will develop and contribute to legal strategies in key areas relevant to our mission of preventing our democracy from declining toward a more authoritarian form of government. From idea generation through all stages of planning and execution, Counsel work on creative impact litigation and other projects that integrate legal, policy, and communications strategies. Counsel also have opportunities to draw on our expert and advisory networks for guidance and support and to supervise and mentor law students.
The ideal candidate brings at least four years of experience as an attorney, along with exceptional legal, analytical, and communications skills applicable to a range of advocacy strategies; entrepreneurial legal instincts and an ability to generate impactful ideas; and strong external relationship skills. We anticipate that incoming Counsel will be initially assigned to work in one of the following areas (though assignments may shift over time as the mission demands): combating disinformation, protecting free and fair elections, defending the rule of law, or advancing electoral system reforms.
Protect Democracy recognizes that there is strength in diversity, and strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds and from across the political and ideological spectrum to apply. Counsel can work from any location in the United States.
We expect to hire multiple candidates for this role, and as a result, we do not expect that any one candidate will have all of the ideal criteria listed below. If you think you’d be a stellar fit and could grow into the role, we want to hear from you.
As Counsel, you will:
- Research, draft, and edit pleadings, motions, and other briefs filed in impact litigation related to our mission.
- Participate in and manage discovery, including informal fact-finding and evidence gathering, document review, witness interviews, written discovery practice, depositions, and expert discovery.
- Research and devise innovative legal arguments and potential litigation approaches, and help build our expertise as thought leaders on legal issues within the scope of our mission.
- Develop ideas for litigation, policy reform, and other integrated advocacy projects consistent with our mission.
- Work with the communications team to draft editorials and opinion pieces and develop communication strategies to build support for legal and advocacy strategies.
- Work alongside policy advocates to develop and advance legislative and other advocacy proposals.
The ideal candidate brings:
- A passionate commitment to the preservation of democratic norms and institutions, and an understanding that our democracy has never fully represented communities of color.
- An embrace of a cross-ideological and nonpartisan approach to protecting our democracy.
- Exceptional analytical skills and writing and presentation skills directed at both lawyer and nonlawyer audiences.
- Ability to track, prioritize, and, where necessary, triage work in order to use time in the most efficient and productive way.
- Comfort with an open and transparent culture that values constant feedback up, down and sideways.
- Collaborative orientation, including willingness to take on tasks big or small as needed to advance our mission, and ability to work well with people with diverse backgrounds and to manage up, down, and sideways.
- Comfort working in a growing organization, proactively working to build the organization and figure out what’s needed to move your work forward.
- At least four years of legal experience (which can include judicial clerkships).
- A background in constitutional law, administrative law, and/or election law is preferred, but not required.
- Experience in impact litigation or representing plaintiffs in civil litigation is preferred, but not required.
- Experience supporting policy advocacy is preferred, but not required.
- For one of these positions, experience as an attorney within the executive branch or litigating against the government, and/or a deep understanding of the inner workings of the federal government, is strongly preferred but not required.
- Bar membership in good standing in the jurisdiction of your residence.
The starting salary range for this role for candidates with more than 4 years of legal experience is $116,682 – $137,272, and for candidates with more than 10 years of legal experience is $155,153 - $182,533, commensurate with the candidate’s relevant experience, capabilities and skills and in alignment with internal equity.