Attorney Position Opening at ACLU National Drug Policy Litigation Project 7/14/00

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The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation invites applications for a staff attorney position in the New Haven Office of the National Drug Policy Litigation Project. The Project has a active litigation docket in federal courts across the nation, with cases challenging restrictions on medical marijuana, the denial of voting rights and drug testing of students and welfare applicants. The Project also provides legal support to drug reform efforts at the local, state and national levels.

The staff attorney will be responsible for significant federal court litigation on drug policy issues. The work will include district and circuit court litigation, discovery and motion practice, appellate briefs and arguments, occasional trials and policy analysis. The staff attorney will also work frequently with ACLU state affiliates and pro bono counsel, providing litigation assistance and advice on legislative and policy matters. The staff attorney should be able to speak publicly and to represent the ACLU's drug policy positions to the media and the public. The job includes supervision of student interns and law clerks and may require occasional work on foundation proposals and reports. A willingness to travel is necessary.

Familiarity with constitutional, civil rights and drug policy reform is desirable; commitment to those issues is essential. Excellent analytic skills and the ability to write and speak clearly are required. Applicants should have at least three years litigation experience, preferably in the constitutional and civil rights area.

Salary is governed by the national ACLU scale for lawyers, which is based on years out of law school. Health and welfare benefits are provided. Applications are due by August 1, 2000. Applicants should send a cover letter, a resume with three references and one substantial legal writing sample to: Graham Boyd, ACLU Drug Policy Litigation Project, 160 Foster Street, 3rd floor, New Haven, CT 06511.

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