Center for Human Rights
The ABA Center for Human Rights is the focal point in the ABA for international human rights issues, and operates several programs. The Center is looking for a new staff attorney to serve as Senior Counsel to the Center with primary duties as Director of the ABA’s International Criminal Court (ICC) Project, a program that promotes international criminal justice and US-ICC relations through education, advocacy, and practical legal assistance. The Director is responsible for this multifaceted program, and must be able to serve as a strong public ambassador for the Project; possess advanced knowledge of international criminal justice; have strong legal research, drafting, and editing skills including as it relates to legal advocacy; effectively manage a range of relationships with ABA leaders, external governmental/intergovernmental actors, and non-governmental partners; and be an effective project and event manager. Important that candidates be self-starters who thinks creatively as well as efficiently handle simultaneous priorities.
General Purpose of Job:
Undertakes substantive legal work for a grant funded project or provides substantive support and expertise to an ABA entity. Supervised by a more senior attorney or experienced professional. Includes research, writing, and speaking. May have supervisory duties of non-attorney staff.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct legal or other research; write memoranda, speeches, and articles, including for publication.
Provide substantive advice, information and policy. Serve as principal ABA expert on a substantive area of law or public policy. May conduct research and meetings, develop recommendations and memoranda. Includes contacts with government entities including officials, and with media.
Analyze laws, regulations, court rules and policies/policy proposals. Prepare memoranda on law or public policy. Provide guidance to client or ABA committees.
Coordinate or support member sub-groups or advisory committees, and coordinate with external constituencies. Manage interns/externs.
Give presentations and/or teach on legal and public policy issues. Act as a consultant designing substantive content of events, developing model documents, and conducting trainings.
Technological legal tool development/use.
Research, draft, author, review and critique legislative/rule/policy or regulatory text. Manage policy adoption process.
Other duties as assigned
Requires JD and bar admission in at least one jurisdiction. 0-3 years legal experience. Requires outstanding communication skills, excellent organizational skills and ability to exercise independent judgment. May occasionally conduct attorney trainings and/or plan/host conferences.
JD; active admission to the bar in at least one jurisdiction may be required in some cases.
Doctoral Degree (JD, PhD)
The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
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