The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a full-time litigator to join EFF’s team of dedicated attorneys. The ideal candidate is someone who is excited about and will help us further our mission of protecting and promoting privacy, civil liberties, and free expression, and ensuring that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. We’re looking for an excellent writer who thinks big and creatively about how impact litigation can advance human rights in the digital world and who can identify important issues early.
We value candidates who bring diverse experiences and perspectives, professional and otherwise, to our team and to EFF as a whole. If you can add value to EFF’s legal team, please apply.
What You’ll Do: Staff attorneys at EFF are litigators first and foremost. If you’re hired, you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on all aspects of impact litigation, including case development and management, working with clients, collaborating with outside organizations, and writing amicus briefs for cases in state and federal courts all over the country. In addition to litigation, you will have the opportunity to counsel public interest clients, security researchers, and outside attorneys; to consult on legislative and regulatory matters related to technology and the public interest; to speak to the public and the press on our issues; and to write for EFF’s blog and social media.
The following skills and experience are required:
- At least 5 years of litigation experience, though some qualified candidates may have more
- Excellent legal and non-legal writing and analytical skills, with experience drafting dispositive motions and appellate briefs
- Experience managing day-to-day projects and deadlines
- An eagerness to be part of a team of highly motivated lawyers and activists working collaboratively in a nonprofit environment.
- Knowledge and understanding of EFF’s mission
Plus expertise in each (or one of these) of the following subject matter areas:
- Fourth Amendment and privacy
- National security and surveillance
- Familiarity with issues at the intersection of technology and the public interest, especially those issues involving emerging technologies
The following skills and experience are highly desirable, though not required:
- Some experience and interest in security research, artificial intelligence, or other evolving technologies
- First Amendment and freedom of speech
- Interest and/or experience in counseling security researchers
- Experience devising and carrying out case strategy, at the trial and/or appellate levels
- Experience writing amicus briefs
This position is based in San Francisco. Because we are highly collaborative and value our in-person time together, applicants seeking to work remotely 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. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
Interested applicants should review EFF’s website and be familiar with our past and current litigation docket, and submit the following (as PDFs please):
- 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 issue areas you have interest and experience.
- A resume, tailored to this position, highlighting your most pertinent experience
- A brief excerpt from a litigation document on which you were the primary author that shows your persuasive legal writing and reasoning skills (700 words maximum). Please upload your writing sample with your cover letter as one document.
EFF is looking to fill this position as soon as possible so please submit your application promptly, and no later than May 14, 2021. Applications submitted after that date will be considered until the position is filled.