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Staff Attorney – IP Generalist


Staff Attorney – IP Generalist

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a litigator who is excited about fostering digital creativity, justice and innovation to join our legal team. Ideal candidates will have substantial experience in copyright, patent and/or trademark litigation. Experience with or strong interest in unfair competition, administrative law, privacy and/or First Amendment litigation is preferred but not required.

Responsibilities will include all aspects of litigation, including case development and management; writing amicus briefs; blogging and other social media writing; public speaking and media appearances; consulting on legislative and regulatory matters related to technology and the public interest; and occasional direct client counseling 

The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years of litigation experience, though some qualified candidates may have more, or substantially more. That experience should include: devising and carrying out case strategy, and handling day-to-day projects and deadlines. Candidates must have excellent writing and analytical skills and an eagerness to be part of a team of highly motivated lawyers and activists working collaboratively in a nonprofit environment. We value candidates who bring diverse experiences and perspectives, professional and otherwise, to our team and to EFF as a whole.

Tech savviness and a familiarity with issues at the intersection of technology and the public interest is strongly preferred; an eagerness to learn is essential.  

This full-time exempt position is based in San Francisco. Because we are highly collaborative and value our in-person time together, applicants seeking to work remotely on a full-time basis will not be considered.

EFF is a great place to work. We offer a supportive and empowering environment, along with an excellent benefits package including housing cost assistance, student loans assistance, medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 403(b)(7) retirement savings program with matching, paid time off, holiday benefits, paid parental leave, a dog-friendly workplace, and more.

As an advocacy organization, EFF is committed to being part of a diverse community. Diversity of life experiences makes a big difference in how we identify and litigate legal issues, design privacy-enhancing software, and organize our activism. To that end, we deliberately seek applicants with different perspectives, identities, and experiences to build an inclusive workplace to better inform our advocacy and defense of freedom in our digital world. EFF is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all races, genders, ages, abilities, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply.

Interested applicants should submit the following (as PDFs please):

  1. A cover letter explaining in detail your specific interest in EFF and this particular job, and the relevant experience you will bring to the EFF legal team.
  2. A resume, highlighting your most pertinent experiences
  3. A brief excerpt from a litigation document on which you were the primary author that shows your persuasive legal writing and reasoning skills (800 words maximum) Please upload your writing sample with your cover letter as one document.

EFF will accept and consider applications until March 25, 2019.

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