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Staff Attorney, Lawyers Network

Job Title: Staff Attorney, Lawyers Network

Department: U.S. Legal Program  

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide.  It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.

The Staff Attorney, Lawyers Network will report directly to the Special Counsel, Lawyers Network. The Staff Attorney will work closely with other members of the Lawyers Network team, as well as with other Center staff, including Center litigators, Pro Bono team and the Center’s Communications Department.

This position will be based in Washington, DC.

Responsibilities:

The Staff Attorney, Lawyers Network will play an integral role in the Center’s newest program within the US Program team. The Staff Attorney for Lawyers Network main responsibilities will include:

  • Engage in outreach and partner actively and as appropriate with national, state and local bar associations;
  • Maintain proactive relationships with bar association leaders and members;
  • Represent the Center at association networking events, conferences, and meetings;
  • Develop and execute CLE programs or other programming on reproductive rights in conjunction with bar association partners;
  • Develop articles for national, state and local bar association publications;
  • Participate actively in working with national, state and local bar associations to develop association resolutions and legislative priorities around reproductive rights;  
  • As appropriate, assist bar associations with filing amicus briefs;
  • Maintain relationships and ensure coordination with other Center departments; and,
  • Assume additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose and mission;
  • JD required;
  • 3+ years post-law school experience;
  • Must be comfortable with, and available to, travel on a regular basis in the U.S.;
  • Must have an understanding of litigation and/or court strategy;
  • Familiarity with constitutional law and/or reproductive rights law preferred;
  • Experience with bar associations preferred;
  • Proven ability to build strategic alliances ;
  • Strong public speaking skills and experience; and,
  • Self-motivated and have strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

Core Values and Employment: The Center for Reproductive Rights is committed to a set of core values in its culture and work environment and expects its staff to have the same commitment.  These values are innovation, integrity, effectiveness, excellence, treating our employees as our greatest asset, and building an inclusive and diverse workplace.

How to Apply:  Please click on the link below to apply.  A cover letter, résumé, writing sample and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.  Please include these application materials as attachments.

https://reproductiverights.applicantpro.com/jobs/575706-29628.html

Deadline for Applications:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.

www.reproductiverights.org