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    Kia Dolby

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    ACLU of Georgia
    DECEMBER 18, 2019
    Position Overview
    The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia (ACLUFGA)
    seeks to hire a full-time, experienced Staff Attorney to work out
    of our office in Atlanta. ACLUF-GA is the state affiliate of the national
    American Civil Liberties Union. Our mission is to preserve and
    expand the individual rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, the
    Georgia Constitution, and related federal and state civil rights
    laws. The Georgia affiliate has approximately 20,000 members
    The Staff Attorney works under the Legal Director’s supervision and
    in close collaboration with the legal department, law student interns,
    volunteer attorneys who are co-counsel on ACLU of Georgia cases,
    and attorneys from the National ACLU office. Just as important, the
    Staff Attorney works closely with staff from the communications
    department in a fast-paced environment that addresses headlinemaking
    issues through litigation, advocacy and community education.
    The Staff Attorney must be prepared to litigate a variety of civil
    rights and civil liberties issues, potentially with a predominant focus
    on voter rights. The Staff Attorney must be able and willing—with
    minimal guidance and supervision—to research and learn complex
    legal issues and quickly put together lawsuits oftentimes on short
    notice in response to late-breaking events. The successful Staff
    Attorney will move fluidly from the courtroom to the community and
    will be able to work with diverse allies and coalitions to achieve our
    ambitious goals.
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    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    1. Investigate, develop, and litigate civil rights and civil liberties
    cases in federal and state courts. This includes conducting factual
    and legal research, leading litigation teams with multiple cocounsel,
    interviewing clients and potential witnesses, writing
    demand letters, drafting pleadings and briefs, conducting
    discovery, arguing motions, trying cases in court, handling appeals
    and amicus briefs, and negotiating settlements.
    2. Communicate with government attorneys or other government
    officials in attempts to resolve civil rights and civil liberties issues
    in an amicable and practical manner without resorting to
    3. Occasionally provide legal research and analysis on legislative
    proposals and public education materials.
    4. Work with the ACLU of Georgia communications department to
    give media interviews explaining the ACLU of Georgia’s positions
    and legal actions.
    5. Give panel and other presentations to the community explaining
    the ACLU of Georgia’s positions and legal actions.
    6. Recruit and supervise legal interns (together with other Staff
    7. Perform paralegal and administrative duties or ensure that cocounsel
    can perform paralegal and administrative duties, to
    support the Staff Attorney’s own cases.
    1. J.D. degree and at least five years of civil litigation experience
    including experience in filing lawsuits, overseeing or participating
    in the discovery process, taking depositions, and drafting multiple
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    briefs including at the motion to dismiss and/or motion for
    summary judgment stage(s).
    2. Ability to respond quickly to late-breaking events, master new
    areas of law in a short amount of time, and otherwise work in a
    fast-paced environment.
    3. Membership in good standing with the Georgia Bar or eligibility
    for admission on motion to the Georgia Bar. We will not accept
    applicants who must take the bar exam to be admitted to the
    Georgia Bar.
    4. Ability to take risks and develop creative approaches to litigation
    or legal arguments regardless of whether they have been
    previously attempted.
    5. Ability to work efficiently and be self-sufficient.
    6. Meticulous attention to factual and legal detail.
    7. Experience in working with historically marginalized or oppressed
    communities of different cultures and backgrounds.
    8. Willingness to receive and respond to constructive criticism.
    9. Ability to work effectively, sensitively, and collaboratively with
    diverse staff, coalitions, and community groups. Must have a
    mature understanding of how structural racism, sexism, and
    prejudice against all kinds of marginalized communities pervade
    our society, sometimes among the very communities that fight for
    social justice.
    10. Commitment to publicly support and advocate for the civil rights
    and civil liberties positions adopted by the ACLUF-GA, regardless
    of any personal beliefs to the contrary.
    11. Willingness to occasionally travel, work evenings, weekends, and
    12. Preferred but not required:
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    Clerkship experience
    Experience with drafting, filing, and arguing motions for
    preliminary injunction / temporary restraining order with minimal
    to no supervision
    Oral argument experience
    Fluency in Spanish
    13. Other duties may be assigned as needed.
    The ACLU Foundation of Georgia offers a comprehensive
    compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience
    and within parameters of the ACLUF-GA’s compensation scale.
    Excellent benefits include paid vacation, sick time and holidays;
    medical, vision and dental insurance; life and long-term disability
    insurance; and 401(k) Defined Contribution Retirement
    To Apply
    Applications should include a cover letter, resume, relevant legal
    writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and list of at least three
    professional references to ( To
    facilitate our review, your emails should have the subject line: “[Your
    last name] Staff Attorney Application.” We will review applications on
    a rolling basis until the position is filled.
    This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list
    of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not
    represent a contract of employment. The ACLUF-GA reserves the
    right to change the description and/or posting without advance notice.
    The ACLU Foundation of Georgia is an equal opportunity / fair
    chance employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive
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    culture. The ACLUF-GA encourages applications from all qualified
    individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual
    orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital
    status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or
    conviction. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need
    accommodations in the application process to contact us at (

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