Staff Attorney – Voting Rights
Job Location: Los Angeles Office – Los Angeles, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Education Level: Graduate Degree
Salary Range: $60,724.00 – $75,905.00 Salary/year
Job Shift: Day
Job Category: Legal
For over three decades, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles has engaged in advocacy, community education, poll monitoring and litigation to secure the voting rights of AANHPI guaranteed by law. Advancing Justice-LA seeks a Staff Attorney to take a leading role in our continuing voting rights efforts ensuring that minority and limited English proficiency (LEP) voters have full access to voting as required by the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and the various state laws providing additional protections against election irregularities. The Staff Attorney, under the direction of the Supervising Attorney, collaborates with community partners, prepares and leads education for grassroots organizations, advocates with state and local officials on voting and election matters, works with our legislative policy team on voting rights election matters, and pursues advocacy up to and including litigation to protect the rights of LEP and POC voters and their communities. The staff attorney will also provide limited assistance to the department housing the voting rights work with its advocacy, as needed and as capacity allows.
Duties and Responsibilities
|40%||Advocate for voting rights of AANHPI AMEMSA communities in California
|30%||Support advocacy for voting rights on national level
|25%||Other Advocacy and Litigation
|5%||All other duties as assigned|
- This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
- Occasional travel may be required.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.
This position does not supervise.
Education and Work Experience:
- D. and member of California State Bar
- Minimum three years of civil rights legal practice, preferably focused on voting rights.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
- Topical Knowledge Knowledge of voting rights laws and policies, both federal and California. Knowledge of voting rights laws of multiple states a plus.
- Law and Government Knowledge of administrative and legislative process, court procedures, government regulations, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
- Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
- Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. The ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.
- Collaborative Advocating Working with partner organizations to develop facts supporting advocacy, develop strategy for addressing voting rights issues, and building litigation cases through creative low-cost investigation strategies.
- Organization Arranging and preserving facts and voter narratives acquired so as to further effective communication, identify information still needed, track patterns of behavior, and more efficiently advocate for voter communities.
- Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Effective Communication Speaking and writing to others to convey information clearly and persuasively, with varying tones depending on context and audience.
- Bilingual fluency Fluency in an Asian language preferred.
- Other Skills – Familiarity with AANHPI communities preferred.