This position is for an immediate opening. While remote work is possible at present, the position will be based in Philadelphia or Washington, D.C. when regular office operations resume.
To augment our defense of faculty rights, FIRE is launching a faculty hotline to more quickly and effectively assist public university faculty facing threats to their expressive rights or academic freedom. FIRE seeks an attorney to serve as a Faculty Legal Defense Fund Fellow to manage this faculty hotline. This position is an excellent opportunity for a new attorney or recent law school graduate to begin a public interest legal career working in defense of First Amendment rights. Candidates should have exceptional communication skills, a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and a strong commitment to FIRE’s mission.
Founded in 1999, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a dynamic, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on our nation’s college campuses. Please visit www.thefire.org to gain a sense of our work and mission.
The Faculty Legal Defense Fund Fellow will report to FIRE’s Faculty Legal Defense Fund Director, while also working with the Director, Individual Rights Defense Program (IRDP), and the Vice President of Litigation. The Faculty Legal Defense Fund Fellow will also correspond with staff in other FIRE departments, particularly IRDP, Communications, and Litigation.
This position is responsible for, but not limited to, the following tasks:
In addition, the Faculty Legal Defense Fund Fellow may occasionally be responsible for public writing and media appearances. Occasional work on weekends and evenings should be expected.
Candidates must demonstrate a knowledge and passion for FIRE’s mission and an ability to articulate that passion in a way that will make others enthusiastic about our cause. Ideal candidates will have familiarity or experience in First Amendment law, employment law, and/or higher education law. A candidate must also be or possess:
Candidates must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. Candidates should be a member of the bar of the jurisdiction in which they are based or willing to become one.
Starting salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with experience. FIRE conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work. FIRE also offers a superior benefits package that includes employer-paid comprehensive health, dental, vision, and life insurance; a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account option; matching retirement contributions; and a generous paid time-off plan.
Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, approximately 10-page writing sample, salary requirements, and contact information for at least two references. The cover letter should include when you are available to start and the office location in which you are interested. The writing sample must reflect the applicant’s own work, showing what you believe is your best legal analysis and writing abilities, with minimal editing by others. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Cait Scanlan, Manager, Human Resources.
FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.
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