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Senior Staff Attorney

Posted: 02/21/2021

Job Summary

The Senior Staff Attorney is the equivalent of a senior associate at a law firm. They will manage complex litigation matters with the oversight and approval of the Legal Director and will first chair some cases; develop new matters; and hold primary drafting responsibility for a variety of litigation documents, demand letters, and other legal materials. The Senior Staff Attorney is consulted on litigation and long-term strategy for the entire legal department and will be responsible for developing strategies for cases assigned to them.

Job Location – Overland Park or Wichita, KS. **Position will onboard remotely during COVID.

Reporting Relationship and Organizational Impact

  • Position reports to: Legal Director
  • Manager, Supervisor, Team Leader, or Individual Contributor (Team Leaders may train, provide direction to, or assign projects to department employees or interns.)
    • Team Leader, including training, providing direction to, and assigning projects to:
      • Interns as assigned to them by the Legal Director
      • Staff Attorney with respect to work the Staff Attorney is doing on cases the Senior Staff Attorney is leading
      • Legal Assistant with respect to work the Legal Assistant is doing on cases the Senior Staff Attorney is leading.
  • Bargaining Unit Status: 
    • This position is part of the bargaining unit
  • Internal and External:
    • Regular unsupervised contact with other department staff and managers, and with National office
    • Regular contact and communications with clients and opposing counsel
    • Regular contact with all members of Legal Department, including interns
    • Regular contact with members of the Advocacy and Communications Departments
    • Occasional public facing presentations
  • Budget Authority: 
    • Assist Legal Director with developing budget for litigation related to program/issue areas they are leading, to be included in the overall Legal Department budget.
  • Influence: 
    • Has input into Legal Department strategies developed by management
    • Represents legal department in integrated strategy sessions on program and campaign issues they are leading

Qualifications

Abilities

  • Develop and independently implement litigation strategy
  • Understand campaign model and role of litigation within model
  • Independently manage pretrial tasks in federal court litigation
  • Effectively and respectfully communicate with other department directors and staff within integrated advocacy model
  • Strong legal writing abilities
  • Ability to work with diverse communities
  • Demonstrated ability to first chair federal court pretrial hearing with minimal supervision

Education and/or Experience

  • JD
  • BA
  • 4-5 years litigation experience

Knowledge

  • Movement lawyering principles
  • Federal civil rules of procedure
  • Federal rules of evidence
  • ABA professional rules of responsibility

Personal Characteristics

  • Committed to advancing the ACLU KS values, mission, goals and programs, with an understanding of the range of civil liberties issues and their implications
  • A person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and tasks; a person who takes initiative and demonstrates follow-through
  • A team player who inspires collaboration and functions decisively and with flexibility; a person who assumes the best from colleagues and who resolves conflicts directly
  • A demonstrated ability to work productively in an unstructured environment; the capability to conduct oneself with a calm and professional demeanor when dealing with the public and/or difficult situations

Skills

  • Advanced client interview skills
  • Mastery of direct and cross-examination
  • Mastery of depositions
  • Trial practice including presentation of evidence
  • Oral advocacy 
  • Ability to write complex legal briefs and memoranda

Duties and Responsibilities and approximate % of overall time spent on tasks

 Work on active litigation – 40%

  • Participate directly in litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in federal and state court, as first chair on cases and issues assigned by the Legal Director.
  • Manage all aspects of discovery, depositions, requests for productions, 3rd party subpoenas, etc. on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Manage co-counsel on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Manage in-court proceedings on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Maintain client relationships throughout on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Write appellate and amicus briefs

Develop new litigation – 40%

  • Conduct factual and legal research, prepare memoranda, draft Open Records Act requests, write demand letters, draft pleadings and briefs
  • Review, comment on, and edit letters and briefs of co-counsel and other ACLU-KS staff
  • Consult with issue area experts and potential cooperating counsel on cases assigned by Legal Director
  • Manage potential plaintiff selection and outreach on cases assigned by Legal Director

Develop strategic integrated advocacy plans for issues and areas – 10%

Assist legal director in management of interns, volunteers, and staff  - 10%

  • Assist with management of legal intake process
  • Assist with developing assignments and providing feedback to legal interns
  • Assist with mentoring of staff attorney and legal assistant

Working Conditions

Physical Requirements
This job is primarily sedentary work which requires extended periods of sitting and/or standing in an office setting.

Travel Status
Travel outside home office area but within the state of Kansas 3-4 times a month. Occasional travel outside
Kansas but within the United States.


Additional Information

  • The starting salary for this position is $70,000. 
  • The ACLU of Kansas offers an excellent benefit package including employer paid health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, 401k match, 14 paid holidays, a generous paid vacation/sick leave policy, and a flexible work schedule (as appropriate for the position).
  • To apply for this position forward your resume and cover letter to Ms. Roberta Beier at rbeier@aclukansas.org.

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $75,000 - 99,999