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July 21, 2017
  JOB TITLE: Reproductive Justice Attorney (Temporary)
San Francisco, CA
Application deadline: Rolling, encouraged to apply ASAP

The Opportunity: The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks a mid-level attorney to join our statewide Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity team for a temporary, six-month position. The position will participate in a range of ACLU legal and advocacy work, including work on pending litigation while a team member is on leave. The position will be based in our San Francisco office and reports to the Reproductive Justice Policy Director, with additional supervision from a Senior Staff Attorney.

The Approach: You are a self-motivated, critical thinker who is a passionate advocate for reproductive justice. You excel at legal research, writing, and oral communication, take a solutions oriented approach, and exercise sound independent judgment to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.

The Position: You are a member of a statewide Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity team, which is working to both advance a proactive agenda in California and defend existing rights and protections in the state. Current areas of work for the team include challenging the use of religion to discriminate in reproductive health care, implementation of California’s groundbreaking sex education law, promoting reproductive justice for incarcerated people, and ensuring confidential access to care for youth and adults in the state.

About the Organization: The ACLU-NC is an affiliate of a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. For most of the last century, it has been at the heart of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper, but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era and face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these un-American policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. We are the resistance. Join us.

Duties and Responsibilities
Working under the supervision of the Reproductive Justice Policy Director and a Senior Staff Attorney, and with other ACLU staff and cooperating counsel, the temporary Reproductive Justice Attorney will participate in a range of litigation and policy advocacy. This will include:

  • legal research and analysis of proposed legislation;
  • devising litigation theory and strategy;
  • litigation case management;
  • evaluating and investigating potential claims;
  • working with plaintiffs;
  • drafting pleadings; and,
  • conducting/defending depositions, engaging in written discovery, and working with experts.


  • 4-6 years of litigation experience preferred;
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Familiarity with and commitment to reproductive justice;
  • Excellent legal research skills;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • Understanding of advocacy in a non-litigation as well as a litigation context;
  • Litigation experience, including in conducting and defending depositions, engaging in written discovery, working with experts, drafting pleadings, motions practice, and trial practice;
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative thinking, combined with ability to work well in teams;
  • Excellent oral communication skills;
  • Membership in the California State Bar.

Competitive salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply
This six-month, temporary position is available immediately. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis.

Applications must include (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, (2) resume, (3) writing sample (no more than 10 pages) and (4) a list of four references. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter.

Please submit your application in PDF format to the attention of Temporary Reproductive Justice Attorney search, ACLU of Northern California, 39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 or e-mail (preferred method) to:

The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU-NC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and the people we serve.

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