The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Litigation Counsel/Senior Counsel to join the Reproductive Rights and Health (RRH) team. This position supports the team’s litigation efforts across RRH program areas, including work on access to abortion and birth control, health equity, sex discrimination in health care, and refusals of care.
The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.
We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.
For almost 50 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women, and we need you with us to continue this fight.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Engaging in all aspects of civil litigation relating to reproductive rights and access to health care, including developing new cases; conducting legal research and drafting legal memoranda; interviewing potential witnesses and clients; drafting pleadings, briefs, and declarations; and participating in discovery, motion practice, trials, and appeals;
- Drafting amicus briefs in outside litigation affecting reproductive rights and health;
- Conducting legal analyses, consulting with other Center staff, and drafting advocacy materials related to administrative and legislative policy priorities;
- Managing intakes received through the Legal Network for Gender Equity related to discrimination in health care;
- Filing administrative complaints;
- Filing FOIA requests and assisting on related litigation matters;
- Drafting fact sheets, issue briefs, blogs, and other written materials;
- Developing and maintaining client relationships with impacted individuals and organizations;
- Maintaining close working relationships with coalition partners;
- Representing the Center at public events, conferences, and coalition meetings as needed.
- Travel (when conditions allow) to court appearances, conferences, and other meetings and events (travel estimated to be approximately 5-10% of time).
The ideal candidate will possess:
- A law degree and admission to a state bar with ability to waive into the DC Bar if not already admitted;
- A minimum of 2-3 years of litigation experience (to qualify for Senior Counsel title, must have 5+ years of relevant experience);
- Outstanding legal research, writing, and analytical skills, including the ability to conduct complex legal analyses and develop creative legal arguments;
- A demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly, effectively, and persuasively;
- Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail;
- A demonstrated ability to perform well independently and with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment;
- A collaborative and collegial approach to work, an ability and desire to work in a team-based environment, and an orientation to the work that recognizes and values the contributions of all team members;
- A commitment to the mission of the Center, including improving access to contraception and abortion and promoting equity and justice in health care.
Additional preferred skills and knowledge:
- Knowledge of and experience with civil rights and anti-discrimination laws, including Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and other applicable laws;
- Knowledge of and experience with Administrative Procedure Act litigation;
- Knowledge of and experience with constitutional litigation;
- Knowledge of reproductive rights, health, and justice issues;
- Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in approach to work.
The Litigation Counsel/Senior Counsel will report directly to the Director of Reproductive Rights and Health Litigation and will work closely with staff across the Reproductive Rights and Health Team, as well as with the Legal Director, the Creative and Digital Strategies team, and the Research team. The Litigation Counsel/Senior Counsel will have supervisory opportunities with legal fellows and interns.
Compensation & Benefits
A minimum salary of $78,453 will be provided to the successful candidate who has at least 2 years of experience directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.
The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation.
NWLC is a non-profit organization whose headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C., with our office located in historic Dupont Circle. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely. We continue to monitor public health guidance and keep safety, science, and flexibility top of mind as we evaluate what reopening looks like for our team.
NWLC recognizes a staff bargaining unit, NWLC United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in NWLC’s bargaining unit. Specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter to LitCounselRRH2021@nwlc.org Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. In your cover letter, please describe how your professional background is a good fit for this position. Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications accepted until position is filled.
The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans.
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