The ACLU of Nebraska is seeking an experienced legal and policy counsel committed to living our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging values to expand capacity in our legal program to develop impact litigation and advocacy campaigns to protect and expand voting rights and assist with other critical legal and policy issues.  The legal and policy counsel coordinates with our communications, policy, development, and administrative teams in addition to national ACLU colleagues and other local and national partners to advance our litigation and integrated advocacy goals. The Legal and Policy Counsel will report directly to the Legal Director. The position is based in Lincoln and requires periodic in state and out of state travel. 

Responsibilities 

  • Conduct legal and policy research and analysis  
  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs  
  • Conduct legislative and administrative advocacy before government bodies
  • Assist with intake, correspondence, and administrative matters
  • Interview witnesses and potential clients  
  • Participate in discovery and motion and trial practice  
  • Provide support and assistance to ACLU clients, legal staff, and cooperating attorneys  
  • Engage in public speaking and attend community meetings to provide know your rights trainings 
  • Supervise student interns/law clerks 
  • Occasionally serve as a spokesperson for ACLU of Nebraska 

Required Qualifications 

  • J.D. from an accredited law school 
  • Admission to the Nebraska Bar or eligibility for admission. ACLU of Nebraska will pay for processing reciprocity admissions, professional dues and fees, professional development, CLE, and training opportunities
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills  
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently and within a team  
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional legal ethics 
  • Values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. A personal and professional commitment to understanding and prioritizing how held identities and lived experiences impact and show up in our work. May be illustrated through training, learning, and lived experiences

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates fluent in languages other than English are strongly encouraged to apply as are candidates with experience in policy, government, nonprofit organizations, community organizing, or electoral campaigns.

Organization Overview

For over 50 years in Nebraska, the ACLU has worked in courts, the legislature, and communities to protect the constitutional and individual rights of all people. With a nationwide network of offices and millions of members and supporters, including an ever-growing presence in Nebraska, we take up the toughest civil liberties fights. Beyond one person, one party, or one side — we the people dare to create a more perfect union. Our offices are in the heart of Nebraska’s capital city of Lincoln. Our twelve person team is complimented by dozens of volunteers, and thousands of supporters statewide.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified and eligible individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified and eligible persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions. The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to people with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability and need assistance applying, please e-mail mfunk@aclunebraska.org or call 402-476-8091. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Civil rights and civil liberties violations disproportionately hurt the most marginalized people in society – including Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, women and LGBTQIA+ people. These communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or those whom are members of other marginalized communities. 

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time exempt role. The salary range for this position ranges from $70,000- $85,000 depending on experience and skills. Excellent benefits include vacation, sick leave, and parental leave, generous health, dental, and vision insurance with employee and family premiums paid 100% by the employer, a 401k match, cell phone reimbursement, and paid parking. 

Application & Search Process

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to jobs@aclunebraska.org with the subject line: Legal and Policy Counsel. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the position.  The search process typically includes a review of candidate submissions by the search committee, invitations for an initial phone interviews of about 30-60 minutes to top candidates, a final in-person interview (or via Zoom) for about 60 minutes with the hiring committee and a request to provide a writing sample and/or completion of a skills test.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.