Thursday, August 18, 2011

On the Job: CJA Staff Attorney Position

The Center for Justice and Accountability (whose work we have regularly featured) has just issued a job description for a staff attorney position. Job description is as follows:
Investigation: The Staff Attorney develops and investigates potential new cases. Investigative responsibilities include factual and legal research in the U.S. and overseas, developing contacts with survivor communities and human rights activists, and analyzing relevant political and legal issues in the home country to assess the viability of the potential case.
Litigation: The Staff Attorney will work on all aspects of litigation in assigned cases, including legal research, devising litigation strategy, drafting and editing legal documents, calendaring, working with expert witnesses, writing amicus briefs, and organizing amicus strategies. The Staff Attorney may also assist in securing pro bono co-counsel. The Staff Attorney will keep current with the most recent developments in the general field of ATS and TVPA law, international criminal law, and related evidentiary and procedural issues. The Staff Attorney keeps adequate files and completes reports regarding the developments in his or her cases. The Staff Attorney may also be responsible for selecting and supervising law student interns.
Clients: In coordination with other attorneys, the Staff Attorney will serve as the primary contact with the clients for communications with the legal team for his or her assigned cases. The Staff Attorney has primary responsibility for keeping clients informed on case development, acts as a liaison between clients and the legal team, and coordinates logistics for client travel. The Staff Attorney strives to assure that clients' interests are safeguarded. This may require securing psychological, social, or additional legal services.
Transitional Justice: The Staff Attorney may work on a variety of transitional justice initiatives. Duties may include providing expertise on witness preparation and testimony, the introduction of evidence, charging human rights crimes and other areas of human rights prosecutions. The Staff Attorney may organize or otherwise participate in trainings that bring together faculties of judges, prosecutors, investigators and forensic anthropologists with strong track records in national court human rights prosecutions.
Development/Education/Outreach: The Staff Attorney participates in fundraising, education and outreach activities. Fundraising activities may include drafting and reviewing grant proposals and reports, participating in fundraising events and meeting with major donors. The Staff Attorney drafts and reviews fundraising, outreach and website materials regarding his or her respective cases to ensure their accuracy. The Staff Attorney engages in education and outreach efforts, including public speaking, community outreach, drafting reports and/or opinion articles, to advance public awareness of CJA and its mission.
Ideally, the Staff Attorney will have:
  • A minimum of five years of federal court litigation experience and membership in one State Bar;
  • Superb legal research, writing and analytical skills and strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally in the United States and internationally;
  • Experience with international law and human rights cases, including the Alien Tort Statute and the Torture Victim Protection Act is desirable;
  • Familiarity with universal jurisdiction litigation in Europe is desirable;
  • Proficiency in a language other than English is desirable;
  • Experience working directly with clients and/or non-governmental organizations.
Ideally, the Staff Attorney will be:

  • Deeply committed to human rights, with a desire to work with clients from the torture survivor community;
  • Strategic and resourceful; able to successfully manage multiple, competing priorities and meet deadlines; able to function effectively in a growth environment;
  • A team player with considerable experience collaborating on litigation projects;
  • An active, keen listener; trustworthy;
  • Emotionally mature and self-confident, with a sense of humor.
Salary is based on experience and our commitment to internal equity.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to Please put "Attn: Staff Attorney" in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please. Only those applicants selected for an interview will receive a response.

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