September 23, 2022


Richmond, VA



Deadline date

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (ACLU-VA) is growing! We are looking for an experienced attorney who wants to proactively develop and execute litigation and other legal advocacy strategies to advance the rights of immigrants in Virginia. In this new position, the Attorney will litigate on a variety of issues relating to the rights of immigrants, with a particular focus on the rights of incarcerated immigrants, their treatment in jails and prisons, and the role of local law enforcement in perpetuating their involvement with the criminal legal system.  The Attorney will also participate in non-litigation advocacy to advance the ACLU’s strategic priorities in this area, including supporting legislative and policy work, participating in public speaking engagements, and drafting press or public education materials.  See full job description for complete details.

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Who We Are

The ACLU-VA strives to be Virginia's premier guardian of civil liberties and a recognized champion of civil rights for all Virginians. For nearly a hundred years (52 in Virginia), the ACLU has made a profound difference in the lives of clients and community members, as well as historic contributions to our country and state. Now, more people than ever before have turned to the ACLU to fight back against unprecedented new attacks on civil rights and liberties. We are also committed to pursuing impactful policy changes at the local and statewide levels to achieve racial equity and advance civil liberties and civil rights for everyone. The ACLU-VA is committed to ending racist policing, cutting the number of people incarcerated in Virginia, increasing access to quality mental and medical care, ending sex andgender-based discrimination at work and in schools, and securing a constitutional right to vote for everyone.

What You’ll Do

You’ll help us protect and advance the ACLU’s mission by:
  • Developing and executing a wide range of federal, state, and administrative litigation, including impact litigation, complex class-action litigation, appeals, and amicus briefs; participating in case selection adn development; participating in all phases of litigation; appearing and argueing cases in federal court, state court, and before administrative agencies; seeking out and cultivating relationships with cooperating attorneys for potential litigation; and monitoring litigation being handled by cooperating attorneys and provide assistance as needed
  • In collaboration with the legal team, providing input on priorities and potential legal advocacy strategies; assisting in the implementation of legal program policies, procedures, and systems –participating in the review and consideration of intakes and other requests for assistance; developing and conducting staff training sessions, workshops, continuing legal education events, and other events on specific issues.  
  • Supporting the legislative, advocacy, and communications work of the affiliate by speaking at public forums, meetings, and events on civil liberties and civil rights topics affecting immigrant communities; serving as a spokesperson for the ACLU on cases and legal issues for the media; acting as a resource for communications and advocacy staff; working in collaboration with the advocacy team, drafting memoranda or advocacy letters and testify, provide public comment, or lobby on such matters as necessary; assisting in fundraising efforts by participating in meetings with donors, as requested.
  • And more….See the full job description here

Who You Are

Our “Must Have’s”
  • J.D. from an accredited law school.
  • Membership in good standing with the Virginia State Bar or another state bar provided admission to the Virginia State Bar is obtained within a reasonable time.
  • Experience litigating cases in federal and/or state courts.
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Virginia, and occasionally to other states for conferences and training.
  • A commitment to the mission and values of the ACLU of Virginia and to racial justice and civil rights issues and an understanding that these issues are central to overall protection of civil liberties.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, to refrain from unlawful discrimination and to comply fully with all applicable laws; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, and national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance, and able to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.
  • Familiarity with office technology and information systems, including databases, case management software, digital legal research sources, online communications, and word processing.

What Else You Should Know

The ACLU-VA is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-VA encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status and commits to comply with all applicable equal opportunity and nondiscrimination laws and to refrain from unlawful discrimination.

Salary is based on market factors and individual experience and abilities. The salary range for a Staff Attorney position is $64,000-$96,000. The salary range for a Senior Staff Attorney position is $80,000 to $138,721.  Attorneys with more than five years relevant job experience will be considered for the Senior Staff Attorney position.  To preserve the opportunity for advancement, we do not typically hire above the mid-point of the range. In addition, we offer excellent benefits including paid time off, generous paid holidays, a 401k plan with employer contribution, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, and income replacement during illness through a combination of annual sick leave, short-term and long-term disability insurance.

Due to COVID-19 and our desire to keep our employees safe, our organization is currently following a long-term hybrid work policy. All ACLU-VA staff must reside within the Commonwealth of Virginia or within a 150-mile radius of our downtown Richmond office.

What Now?

Please review the complete job description on our Careers page and apply from our career site. A resume and cover letter will be required. Our HR team will review applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Submit your application as soon as possible. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.