This position is for an immediate opening and will be based in Philadelphia or Washington, D.C.
FIRE is expanding its litigation capabilities and is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney with three to four years of legal experience to join its litigation team. The Staff Attorney will represent students and faculty at public colleges and universities nationwide to defend their rights to freedom of speech and conscience, due process, and academic freedom. This position is an excellent opportunity for attorneys to engage in strategic litigation on First Amendment issues to bring about real-world impact.
Candidates should have exceptional research, critical thinking, writing, and communication skills, a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment while balancing a full workload, and a strong commitment to public interest litigation. The ideal candidate will have completed a federal judicial clerkship.
Founded in 1999, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a 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 Staff Attorney will report to FIRE’s Vice President of Litigation, while also working daily with other staff attorneys. Additionally, the Staff Attorney will correspond with attorneys and staff in other FIRE departments, as well as external attorneys, students, and faculty.
Some of the duties the staff attorney will be responsible for include:
In addition, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for media appearances, public speaking, and educating the public on FIRE’s litigation efforts. This position will involve a substantial amount of travel, and work on weekends and evenings should be expected in accordance with the demands of litigation.
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. A candidate must also be able to demonstrate:
Candidates must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school and a member of the bar of the jurisdiction in which they are based.
Starting salary for this position is negotiable, commensurate with experience and the government’s General Schedule (GS) payscales. 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, 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 your own work, demonstrating 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. Apply here.
FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.
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