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Counsel. Demos seeks a highly qualified Counsel with a sense of urgency around racial justice to join its legal team in the New York office. The team maintains a national litigation docket and engages in policy advocacy in the pursuit of a more inclusive democracy and a more just economy. Examples of our active litigation include suits to end unlawful voter purges in Indiana and Ohio, to ensure voter registration opportunities under the National Voter Registration Act in Missouri and Arizona, to secure Spanish-language election materials under the Voting Rights Act in Florida, and to protect the voting rights of pretrial detainees in Ohio. We also maintain an amicus practice and advocate at the federal and state levels for pro-voter reforms like automatic voter registration and to combat the corrupting influence of money in politics.

The Counsel will help advance Demos’ thriving voting rights and election reform work and expand Demos’ work on economic and criminal justice. The legal team is focused on innovative legal strategies to make ours a more equal society. The new Counsel will be an integral part of its efforts.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Advocating for progressive change primarily through litigation, but also through research, policy development, and other forms of advocacy;
  • Conducting all stages of litigation in pursuit of Demos’ goals, including investigation and case development, discovery, motions practice, hearings, trials, appeals, and settlement negotiations;
  • Devising policy solutions that make sense given the legal landscape, occasionally drafting and delivering legislative testimony, and helping craft language for legislation and ballot initiatives;
  • Building coalitions with organizations and advocates at the local, state, and national levels and with social scientists, attorneys at partner organizations, and others;
  • Writing for diverse audiences and translating complex legal issues in relatable terms;
  • Engaging in public education and communications, which may include speaking engagements, media appearances, blog posts, op-eds, and conferences;
  • Traveling for work as needed; and
  • Other duties, as assigned by your supervisor, from time to time.

The successful candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • You have a demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society and in movement-building, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively across difference.
  • You have a J.D. degree and membership in the New York state bar (or the ability to become a member promptly).
  • You are excited about litigation, and you have experience with core litigation task such as drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, and engaging in motions and trial practice.
  • You have excellent legal research, writing, oral advocacy, and other litigation skills.
  • You are able to work in a fast-paced environment and travel for work.

The most successful candidates will also have the following:

  • Experience litigating civil rights claims, particularly in federal court—preferably 3-7 years.
  • Experience using an integrated advocacy approach to move progressive reforms forward—meaning the strategic use of litigation, research, policy development, campaigns, and/or communications to bring about lasting change.
  • Ability to develop new litigation and devise creative legal theories to challenge structural inequality.
  • Ability to build trust and foster relationships with individuals and communities of various sorts.
  • Experience collaborating with partners, including local and state-based grassroots organizations, in a way that helps them build long-term power and does not displace their leadership.

The position is full-time and based in New York City.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $60,000- $85,000 and is commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package which includes health insurance, dental and vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, 18 vacation days per year, paid time off between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 5 additional floating holidays per year, 12 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan. 

How to Apply: Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (10 pages or less) reflecting your original work.  We are looking for an immediate hire, so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Dēmos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.   

Location: New York, NY
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