Job Opportunities

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Openings: 




Counsel
 

Demos seeks a highly qualified Counsel with a sense of urgency around racial justice to join its legal team in the New York office. The team maintains a national litigation docket and engages in policy advocacy in the pursuit of a more inclusive democracy and a more just economy. Examples of our active litigation include suits to end unlawful voter purges in Indiana and Ohio, to ensure voter registration opportunities under the National Voter Registration Act in Missouri and Arizona, to secure Spanish-language election materials under the Voting Rights Act in Florida, and to protect the voting rights of pretrial detainees in Ohio. We also maintain an amicus practice and advocate at the federal and state levels for pro-voter reforms like automatic voter registration and to combat the corrupting influence of money in politics.

The Counsel will help advance Demos’ thriving voting rights and election reform work and expand Demos’ work on economic and criminal justice. The legal team is focused on innovative legal strategies to make ours a more equal society. The new Counsel will be an integral part of its efforts.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Advocating for progressive change primarily through litigation, but also through research, policy development, and other forms of advocacy;
  • Conducting all stages of litigation in pursuit of Demos’ goals, including investigation and case development, discovery, motions practice, hearings, trials, appeals, and settlement negotiations;
  • Devising policy solutions that make sense given the legal landscape, occasionally drafting and delivering legislative testimony, and helping craft language for legislation and ballot initiatives;
  • Building coalitions with organizations and advocates at the local, state, and national levels and with social scientists, attorneys at partner organizations, and others;
  • Writing for diverse audiences and translating complex legal issues in relatable terms;
  • Engaging in public education and communications, which may include speaking engagements, media appearances, blog posts, op-eds, and conferences;
  • Traveling for work as needed; and
  • Other duties, as assigned by your supervisor, from time to time.
     

The successful candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. You have a demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society and in movement-building, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively across difference.
  2. You have a J.D. degree and membership in the New York state bar (or the ability to become a member promptly).
  3. You are excited about litigation, and you have experience with core litigation task such as drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, and engaging in motions and trial practice.
  4. You have excellent legal research, writing, oral advocacy, and other litigation skills.
  5. You are able to work in a fast-paced environment and travel for work.
     

The most successful candidates will also have the following:

  1. Experience litigating civil rights claims, particularly in federal court—preferably 3-7 years.
  2. Experience using an integrated advocacy approach to move progressive reforms forward—meaning the strategic use of litigation, research, policy development, campaigns, and/or communications to bring about lasting change.
  3. Ability to develop new litigation and devise creative legal theories to challenge structural inequality.
  4. Ability to build trust and foster relationships with individuals and communities of various sorts.
  5. Experience collaborating with partners, including local and state-based grassroots organizations, in a way that helps them build long-term power and does not displace their leadership.

The position is full-time and based in New York City.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $60,000- $85,000 and is commensurate with experience. 

How to Apply: Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (10 pages or less) reflecting your original work. Please upload materials at: http://demos.hiringthing.com. We are looking for an immediate hire, so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 
 


 

Summer 2019 Legal Internships

 

Demos is accepting applications for legal internships for the summer of 2019.  We will hire up to two Legal Interns to work with staff on racial justice litigation, advocacy and research. Legal Interns can expect to receive substantive assignments in the areas of voting rights, money in politics, criminal justice reform, and/or economic justice. Demos is committed to providing Legal Interns with an educational experience, and our summer program includes mid-semester reviews and close supervision by staff attorneys to ensure interns receive instruction and feedback. Interns will work in the New York office of Demos.

Students not receiving grant funding or credit are eligible for a paid internship at a rate of $15 per hour.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal research and writing 
  • Policy and legislative analysis and drafting 
  • Assistance with our litigation in trial and appellate courts
  • Other duties, as assigned  

Requirements:
Legal interns must have completed at least one year of law school.  We seek highly motivated candidates with a passion for our issues and a strong commitment to excellence in research, writing and analysis.  The ideal candidate will be interested in expanding their analysis and knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and must be committed to building and/or deepening their contribution to racial justice work.  Background and expertise in voting rights, electoral reform or racial equity is a strong plus but not required. 

How to Apply:  
Upload a thoughtful cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (of no more than 10 pages) reflecting your original work at the following link: https://demos.hiringthing.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Demos is an Equal Opportunity Employer: 
People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.   


 

Legal Fellowships

 

Demos is accepting applications from graduating law students and clerks seeking sponsorship for legal fellowships to begin in the Fall of 2019 in our New York office. Post-graduate fellows work on our legal team under the close supervision of senior attorneys for one or two years. Fellows engage in litigation, policy analysis, and advocacy in the areas of voting rights, money in politics, economic justice, and/or criminal justice.

Applicants must secure funding for this position. In additional to pursuing national funding opportunities, we encourage students and graduates to contact their law schools regarding potential funding.

Applicants must bring a deep commitment to racial equity. All Demos staff must consistently integrate their deep understanding of key racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions. They must address the structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions on race, class and other group identities within the context of their job responsibilities.

Students interested in a legal fellowship at Demos should submit a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample of approximately 10 pages via email to Naila Awan (nawan@demos.org). Please state in your letter the potential sources of funding that are available to you.

We assess submissions and select candidates on a case-by-case and rolling basis. We regret that we cannot respond to all inquiries. 

About Dēmos.  Demos is a policy and advocacy organization working for an America where all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. Founded in 2000, the organization is headquartered in New York City and has an office in Washington, D.C. Demos moves ideas powerful enough to improve the lives of everyday Americans through the full cycle of change. We champion over-the-horizon policy solutions, shift the narrative to clear the way for their acceptance, and advocate until they take effect. We use the right strategy for the right moment, whether it’s litigation, research, communications, or support of organizers. This commitment to the full cycle of change has resulted in real victories, from landmark credit card reforms to over 3 million new voter registration applications from low-income citizens. Throughout all of our work, Dēmos is advocating not just for people, but for the very idea of the people—of one nation, united by a shared fate.

Dēmos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.