Counsel, Liberty and National Security Program
Company: Brennan Center for Justice
Posted on: June 26, 2022
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a
nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the
systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to
hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin
American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Brennan
Center's work ranges from voting rights to census protection, from
ending mass incarceration to preserving constitutional protections
in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy
group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous
research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them-in
the courts, in Congress and the states, and the court of public
opinion.The Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program
works to advance effective national security policies that respect
the rule of law and constitutional values. Our current program
priorities include ensuring that Congress and the courts serve
their constitutional role as a check on executive power in the area
of national security; reforming emergency powers to strengthen
safeguards against abuse; ending racial, religious, and ethnic
profiling in counterterrorism policies; bolstering First and Fourth
Amendment protections in the digital age; promoting targeted and
effective responses to far-right violence; and enhancing
transparency, oversight, and accountability for intelligence and
law enforcement agencies.Position: The Brennan Center seeks an
attorney for its Liberty and National Security Program. The
position is based in the Brennan Center's Washington, D.C. office
and requires occasional travel to New York City and other
locations. The attorney will focus primarily on (1) the Program's
efforts to bolster the role of Congress as a check against
executive overreach in the area of emergency powers, and (2) reform
of government surveillance practices. Please note that a background
in these substantive areas is not required.Note: This is a hybrid
position. Staff are currently working from home 2 days a week. This
position is based in Washington D.C. and will require occasional
travel as well. Responsibilities will include:
- Engaging in legal and policy research and analysis.
- Producing written reports and other public education
- Participating in communications activities such as public
speaking engagements, outreach to media and media appearances,
op-eds, blog posts, and conferences.
- Conceiving and planning public events and private
- Advancing policy reforms by educating and providing advice to
lawmakers, and by working in coalitions and with external
- Identifying and conducting interviews with relevant subject
- Advising officials, advocates, and activists.
- Possibly participating in litigation as amicus or counsel.
- Supervising research/program associates and interns on
projects.Qualifications:Required. A J.D. degree and admission to
the bar is required, as well as a minimum of two years' legal
experience (which may include clerkships).The ideal candidate will
have some combination of the following experiences and
qualifications. We recognize that many excellent candidates may not
have all these experiences and qualifications and we will provide
support for the successful candidate to acquire additional skills.
- Three to five years' relevant experience as an attorney.
- Exceptional writing skills for a variety of audiences
(including legal, legislative, journalistic, and public).
- Outstanding research and analytical skills.
- Comfort with public speaking.
- Ability to work with media.
- Ability to work in coalition with other organizations and with
- Excellent organizational skills and the ability to juggle tasks
in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment.
- Strong initiative and ability to work independently, combined
with a "team player" mentality.
- Good interpersonal skills and sound judgment, including the
ability to work diplomatically and effectively with others both
inside and outside the organization.
- Resilience, a sense of humor, and a solutions-oriented
- A background in one or more of the following areas: civil
liberties, national security, and/or human rights law; legislative
advocacy (or other legislative experience); and litigation.The
Brennan Center is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion in the workplace. We continuously work with our staff to
find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an
inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be
their true self and feel a strong sense of belonging. As such, we
seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience
with diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, we expect
employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or
activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace
culture.Salary: The salary is highly competitive in the field and
commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is
available as well.Applications: Applications are due by April 22,
but earlier applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
However, a hire will be made as soon as a qualified candidate is
identified. To apply, please visit and upload the following
application materials as one document: cover letter, resume, two
writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for
three references. Applications without all of the previously listed
materials will not be considered. If you have difficulty with the
online system, you may send your application by e-mail to:
firstname.lastname@example.org with "Counsel, Liberty and National
Security Program-DC" in the subject line, after registering in the
online system.Note: The Brennan Center is committed to public
health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and
visitors. As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees
working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated
against COVID-19, including having a booster, or to meet the legal
guidelines for an exemption.The Brennan Center for Justice is
committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong
belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse
workforce. To this end, Brennan Center
- Welcomes and hires applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender
identities, socioeconomic identities and sexual orientations,
including people who have been previously incarcerated;
- Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and
different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
- Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel
welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and
advance within the institution; and ---
- Is committed to supporting low-income communities and
communities of color particularly affected by social
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