The ACLU is the nations foremost defender of civil liberties and civil rights, dedicated to defending the Bill of Rights and advocating for marginalized communities through litigation, legislation and public education. The ACLU of Texas, founded in 1938 and headquartered in Houston, is the one of the largest ACLU affiliates in the nation. The ACLU of Texas has regional offices in Austin, Brownsville, Houston, and El Paso.
Whether its protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, combating voter suppression, or preserving reproductive rights, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil rights and liberties cases to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
The combined position of Senior Staff Attorney / Policy Counsel at the ACLU of Texas will play a critical leadership role in advancing the ACLUs mission to uphold constitutional rights by developing and managing impact litigation and leveraging non-litigation advocacy tactics through the lens of integrated advocacy. Counsel will work collaboratively with coalitions and impacted communities, ACLU National legal projects, and the ACLU of Texas communications, political, development, legislative, policy, and border rights departments.
Responsibilities & Expectations
- Identify and develop new litigation and other legal advocacy projects by conducting factual and legal analysis and devising or employing relevant theories and materials to achieve strategic goals.
- Litigate civil rights and civil liberties cases at all stages.
- Engage in non-litigation advocacy, including preparing administrative complaints, analyzing legislation, drafting model legislation and policies, giving public testimony, and developing public education resources.
- Work closely with and provide legal analysis for policy initiatives and legal expertise to non-legal program staff at the ACLU of Texas and ACLU National.
- Develop and strengthen relationships with community partners, coalitions, stakeholders, and affected communities.
- Prepare and deliver up-to-date know your rights information to affected communities.
- Respond to the legal needs of affected communities, potentially on an emergency and immediate basis.
- Participate in legal and advocacy conferences and develop and provide CLE on pertinent topics.
- Communicate ACLU views and positions to a variety of audiences, including judges, community residents, and policymakers, through public speaking, traditional and social media, and other means.
- Prepare dockets, budgets, and reports for the Legal Director, Legal Committee, the Board and the Executive Director.