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Legal DirectorMission StatementIt is our mission to protect and defend the constitutional rights and civil liberties of every individual in Kansas regardless of creed, race, religion, gender identification, or class. Our efforts are focused on serving and defending reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, First Amendment rights, immigrant rights, voting rights, criminal justice reform, and privacy rights.The ACLU of Kansas protects the civil rights of segments of our population that have traditionally been marginalized, including women, people of color, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, prisoners, people with disabilities, immigrants, and the poor. We defend the freedoms of all residents of Kansas without consideration of political partisanship.Job summaryThe Legal Director is a member of the ACLU-KS Leadership Team and leads litigation and legal advocacy efforts for the affiliate. The Legal Director manages the legal department staff and acts as lead counsel on all ACLU-KS cases and is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic vision of the department.The Legal Director is the spokesperson for the departments work and works with the communications department on messaging our efforts; acts as the liaison with the legal committee and responsible for all case prioritization and selection criteria; and manages intake, volunteers, fellows, and interns. Job location: Overland Park, KS (job will onboard remotely)Reporting Relationship and Organizational ImpactPosition reports to:Executive DirectorManager or Non-Manager Role: ManagerManages the following employees:Senior Staff Attorney (1)Potential Staff Attorney (1)Legal Assistant (1)Bargaining Unit Status:Not a member of the bargaining unitInternal and External:Has regular contact with other directorsHas regular contact with the communications teamHas regular contact with co-counsel and pro bono chairs at big six law firmsHas regular contact with national project directors (LGBTQ, VRP, prosecutorial reform, and SPT)Has regular contact with legal committee and legal volunteersHas regular contact with staff attorneyBudget Authority:Oversees legal department budgetInfluence:Has influence over all affiliate policiesHas influence over affiliate campaign strategiesHas influence over communications strategy for affiliate legal workQualificationsAbilities Ability to identify benefits and detriments of strategiesin all stages of litigation including case development, pre-trial, settlement, trial, and appealsDemonstrated ability to independently manage complex, impact litigationAbility to communicate complex legal issues to legal and non-legal audiencesAbility to manage staff, volunteers, and co-counselStrong legal writing abilitiesAbility to work with diverse communitiesAbility to recruit diverse clients and build trust with prospective plaintiffsAbility to communicate with the mediaAbility to respectfully and effectivelycommunicate with other departments within integrated advocacy modelAbility to manage large and diverse litigation docketAbility to develop creative and flexible approaches to litigation challenges.Education and/or ExperienceB.A.JDPass Kansas Bar Exam4 – 5 years of civil litigation experience5 years of Civil Rights 1983 litigation experiencePrevious experience managing an institutional docketKnowledgeConstitutional and statutory civil rights lawFederal court practice and procedureAppellate practice and procedureClass action practicePacerLawyering within campaign organization or model (or willing to acquire knowledge within 10 months of hire)State court practice and procedure SkillsLegal writingMotion practiceOral advocacyNegotiation/MediationClient interviewingCommunication w/ the mediaLegal networkingDuties and Responsibilities: Description of Duties and Approximate % of overall time spent on taskManage and litigate active cases 35%Draft and develop arguments for briefs and civil motionsManage all aspects of discovery, depositions, requests for productions, 3rd party subpoenas, etc.Manage co-counselManage in-court proceedingsNegotiate settlementsMaintain client relationships throughout the caseInvestigate potential complaints and develop new cases – 25%Research legal theoriesConsult with issue area experts and potential cooperating counselManage potential plaintiff selection and outreachSupervise Legal team and work cross departmentally as part of an integrated advocacy team 20%Manage legal intake processDevelop assignments and provide feedback to legal internsManage staff attorneys and legal assistantCollaborate with the Advocacy and Communications Departments to achieve campaign goals.Support and model a culture of shared purpose and mutual respect across the team and the broader organizationCLE presentations, trainings, and public speaking events- 5%Vet communications related to cases and legal work- 5%Review press releasesWork with Communications on case narrativeNetwork with co-counsel, outside counsel, and legal panel- 5%Manage Intake and non-litigation hotline/clinic management – 5%Working ConditionsPhysical Requirements – This job is primarily sedentary work which requires extended periods of sitting and/or standing in an office setting.Travel Status – Travel outside Overland Park area but within the state of Kansas 3-4 times a month. Occasional travel outside Kansas but within the United States.Disclaimer – This job description reflects managements assignment of essential functions; and nothing in this herein restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.Benefits include medical and disability insurance (fully paid by employer), a 401(k) program, professional development income and generous vacation, holiday and sick leave.To apply for this position, please submit cover letter and resume to Roberta Beier, Deputy Director, Operations, ACLU Kansas, at starting salary for this position is $84,050.Tracking

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