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Staff Attorney – Privacy and Free Expression


Staff Attorney – Privacy and Free Expression

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a litigator with an unshakeable sense of justice to join our legal team, and help us further EFF’s mission of protecting and promoting privacy and free expression. Specifically, we’re looking for smart, committed lawyers with a strong interest and deep curiosity about some combination of the following issues: privacy, free speech, freedom of information, and legal issues relevant to security research. 

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.

Our legal team works on a wide variety of legal issues related to civil liberties and technology. In addition to the subjects noted, interest in creating and defending a balanced intellectual property system that spurs creativity and innovation is also welcome but not required. Tech savviness and a familiarity with issues at the intersection of technology and the public interest is preferred; an eagerness to learn is essential.  

If you’re hired, you will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of impact litigation, including case development and management; write amicus briefs; counsel public interest clients (particularly security researchers); speak to the public and the press on our issues; blog and write for other social media; and consult on legislative and regulatory matters related to technology and the public interest. 

This a 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. Please include details about your litigation experience, and indicate in which issues areas you have interest and experience. 
  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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