During this current situation with COVID-19, the ABA will continue to accept and process applications for job opportunities. We will conduct our recruitment process via alternative means (virtual interviews) for the time being.
The ABA recruits employees seeking opportunities for challenging and substantive work defending liberty and pursuing justice in the U.S. and around the world. The ABA offers competitive employment benefits which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k), commuter benefits, and more.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Serve as principal/lead staff for one or more committee/commission. Develop and manage agendas, programs/activities and budgets and write grant proposals.
- Conduct legal or other research. Write memoranda, speeches, articles including for publication. Participates in development of amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court.
- Analyze laws, regulations, court rules and policies/policy proposals. Prepare memoranda on law or public policy. Provide legal counsel to client or ABA committees.
- Provide substantive advice, information and policy. Serve as principal ABA expert in a substantive area of law or public policy. May conduct research and meetings; develop recommendations and memos. Includes contacts with government entities including officials, law firms, bar groups, and with media.
- Give presentations and/or teach on legal or policy issues. Act as a consultant designing substantive content of events, developing model documents, and conducting trainings for external groups.
- Responsible for hiring, managing, supervising and mentoring other counsels, who may also manage staff of the committee or unit.
- Research, draft, author, review and critique legislative/rule/policy or regulatory text. Manage policy adoption process.
- Written and in-person contacts with elected officials, staff and bar leaders re. legislation or ABA policies.
- Other duties as assigned
Doctoral Degree (JD, PhD)
- Requires the appropriate substantive graduate professional degree, and admission to the bar in at least one jurisdiction.
- Minimum 8 years in law practice or equivalent substantive experience in areas of law and policy relevant to the entity.
- Experience in resource development, program conception and management, and personnel management required.
- Strong communication and organizational skills, ability to exercise independent judgment, and ability to work well with multiple constituencies.
- Experience in a not-for-profit or volunteer member setting desirable.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Appropriate graduate professional degree; in most cases must be a JD with admission to the bar in at least one jurisdiction. In those cases where JD not required, applicable graduate degree required.
The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association please call 312-988-5188.