The Electronic Frontier Foundation is looking for a litigator to help us further EFF’s 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.
This is primarily a litigation position. If you’re hired, you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on all aspects of impact litigation, including case development and management, and write amicus briefs. In addition to litigation, you will have the opportunity to counsel public interest clients and outside attorneys; to speak to the public and the press on our issues; to write for EFF’s blog and social media; and to consult on legislative and regulatory matters related to technology and the public interest.
The following skills and experience and experiences 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.
- Familiarity with issues at the intersection of technology and the public interest, especially those issues involving emerging technologies
- Knowledge and understanding of EFF’s mission
Plus expertise in any of the following subject matter areas:
- Criminal law, including counseling and defense work
- Fourth Amendment and privacy
- First Amendment and freedom of speech
The following skills and experiences are desirable, though not required:
- Interest and/or experience in counseling security researchers
- Experience litigating in federal courts
- Experience devising and carrying out case strategy, both at the trial and 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 will accept and consider applications until September 15, 2019.