Summary

The ACLU of Massachusetts (“ACLUM”) seeks a full-time staff attorney to focus on preserving and expanding free expression rights under both the U.S. and Massachusetts constitutions, as well as addressing issues involving the exercise or establishment of religion. The Free Expression Staff Attorney will develop and pursue litigation, perform legal analysis, provide testimony to the state legislature and other government entities, and contribute to ACLUM’s public education efforts related to free expression and religion-related topics. This position reports to the Senior & Managing Attorney and works closely with members of the Legal Department and other ACLUM departments to achieve litigation and other advocacy objectives.

Essential Duties
1.    Litigation Advocacy

  • Develop and pursue civil rights and civil liberties litigation strategies in areas of free expression, including free speech, press freedoms, freedom of assembly and association; as well as exercise/establishment of religion, under both the state and federal constitutions.
  • Litigate court cases related to free expression and exercise/establishment of religion. Collaborate with ACLUM’s Legal team and other advocates, as well as cooperating counsel in strategizing and preparing for such cases.
  • Draft and file amicus briefs on free expression and religion issues in state and federal courts.

2.    Non-Litigation Advocacy

  • Engage in advocacy on relevant topics through advocacy letters or other submissions to governmental entities.
  • Provide testimony before the state legislature and other government entities with regard to free expression and religion-related bills.
  • Advise the ACLUM Legal Resources team on free speech- and religion-related topics to inform response to requests for legal assistance.
  • Provide legal analysis related to free expression and religion-related issues to other ACLUM departments and intersecting advocacy programs, as well as ACLUM-led campaigns.
  • Collaborate with the Communications and Legal Resources teams to draft and review press and public education content/materials regarding free expression and exercise/establishment of religion.
  • Engage in public speaking, advocacy events, and media appearances.
  • Play a leadership role in the ACLUM Free Speech Working Group.

Qualifications, Experience and Attributes

  • Juris Doctor Degree required.
  • Massachusetts bar admission or ability to promptly obtain admission.
  • Minimum of two years' legal experience working on free expression issues.
  • Prior civil litigation experience required, preferably including seeking preliminary injunctive relief and conducting discovery.
  • Demonstrated strength in legal analysis, writing and oral presentation.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comfort in presenting/speaking at public events and in the media.
  • Ability to work proactively, collaboratively, and independently as needed to get things done.
  • Strong belief in the ACLU’s mission and work to defend and strengthen civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion. Respect for differences in race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Effectiveness in strategy development and legal analysis, and applying them in litigation and other advocacy work.
  • Effectiveness in litigation management, including anticipating and meeting deadlines.
  • Reliability and responsiveness in providing support on free expression and religious exercise issues to colleagues and members of the public who contact the Legal Resources team.
  • Effectiveness in collaboration with ACLUM colleagues, cooperating attorneys and other stakeholders.

Other Requirements

  • Frequent written and verbal communication.
  • Extensive reading, preparing and analyzing information, in hard copy and electronically.
  • Flexibility to accommodate work during evenings and weekends when warranted.

Compensation
Salary commensurate with experience and consistent with ACLUM’s collective bargaining agreement. Estimated minimum annual salary of $75,000. Benefits include 401(k) plan, medical and dental insurance, and paid vacation and holidays proportionate to work schedule.

About the ACLU of Massachusetts
The ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) was founded in 1920 and is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that works to preserve and expand the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Through strategies of litigation, advocacy, public education, and grassroots activism, we strengthen and expand public understanding of racial justice, juvenile justice, LGBTQ rights (including equal marriage), women's rights, criminal justice issues, equal opportunity, free speech and assembly, privacy rights, religious liberty, students' rights, voting rights, and reproductive rights. ACLUM staff are unionized and this position is within the bargaining unit.

ACLUM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

This position is based in Boston, MA and eligible for a hybrid work schedule, being in-person an average of three days per week, with the ability to be in the office on any given day as needed and assigned. ACLUM has a Covid-19 vaccine mandate, and candidates receiving a job offer will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Exemptions to this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law. Applicants should be aware that fully remote work will not be deemed a reasonable accommodation.

TO APPLY:  Applicants for this position should submit a resume, writing sample, list of references, and a cover letter that expresses their interest and qualifications, via email to freespeechattorney@aclum.org. Type the position title in the subject header. No phone calls or faxes please.