The Senior Staff Attorney will report directly to the Litigation Director and will work closely with other attorneys in the U.S. Legal Program. The Senior Staff Attorney will be part of the Center’s litigation team and participate in impact litigation on reproductive rights and justice issues in federal and state courts around the country. The Center’s high-profile and fast-paced litigation often involves novel legal claims, and our groundbreaking cases have changed the law and improved the lives of women throughout the U.S.
This position will be based in New York City.
The Senior Staff Attorney’s primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Act as lead counsel and engage in all aspects of litigation, including developing new cases and legal theories, discovery and motion practice, trials and appeals;
Maintain client relationships, including providing compliance advice;
Participate actively in program planning & case budgeting;
Supervise staff attorneys, legal fellows, and interns;
Represent the Center at public events, conferences, and coalition meetings;
Maintain other important institutional relationships, including relationships with pro bono counsel;
Work with Communications and Development departments to provide support and information, as needed, including handling press calls; and
Work on other projects, as needed, such as legislative advocacy, human rights advocacy, and drafting legal or factual analyses for Center publications or external publications.
Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values;
New York bar membership required;
7+ years’ litigation experience, including judicial clerkship(s);
Demonstrated ability to manage all aspects of litigation with limited supervision, including significant experience in both trial and appellate courts;
Substantial experience supervising junior staff;
Outstanding legal analysis skills;
Excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills;
Strong interpersonal skills; and
Experience with reproductive rights issues or with other issues related to human rights, civil rights, or racial, economic or social justice is a plus, as is experience working with or on behalf of marginalized communities.
For 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.
Since 1992, our attorneys have boldly used legal and human rights tools to create this world. We are the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, with expertise... in both U.S. constitutional and international human rights law. Our groundbreaking cases before national courts, United Nations committees, and regional human rights bodies have expanded access to reproductive healthcare, including birth control, safe abortion, prenatal and obstetric care, and unbiased information. We influence the law outside the courtroom as well, documenting abuses, working with policymakers to promote progressive measures, and fostering legal scholarship and teaching on reproductive health and human rights.
We are legal innovators seeking to fundamentally transform the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and have already strengthened laws and policies in more than 50 countries. Help us realize every woman's right to reproductive health and autonomy.