Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Americans United for Separation of Church and State—the nation’s premier church–state advocacy organization—is accepting applications for a Senior Litigation Counsel. Current matters include challenges to religion‐based refusals by businesses and government officials to provide services to LGBTQ individuals; Trump Administration regulations that permit religious objectors to deprive women of insurance coverage for contraceptives; and the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban. The Senior Litigation Counsel will serve as lead counsel in trial and appellate litigation of church–state cases such as these throughout the country.
Advancing the Constitutional Principle of Church–State Separation
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the constitutional principle of church–state separation as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all Americans.
Founded in 1947, Americans United is a diverse and dynamic organization composed of people from all walks of life: lawyers and lobbyists, students and activists, religious leaders and impassioned Americans. Americans United includes people of faith and people who don’t profess any particular faith. It is a community that includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, classes, and abilities.
We use high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying, and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:
- Religion does not dictate public policy.
- The government does not tell Americans what to believe or whether or how to practice their faith.
- Discrimination is not justified under the guise of religious beliefs.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Americans United is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with more than 125,000 members and supporters and a national network of independent state affiliates. Through a strong, diverse national supporter network, both on the ground and online, Americans United defends the separation of church and state and protects religious freedom for all in communities across the country.
The ideal candidate is an experienced and highly skilled litigator with the ability to manage cases; exceptional ability as a legal writer and analyst; strong academic credentials; good oraladvocacy skills; the ability to travel as the cases require; and the interpersonal skills to work well with our staff and co-counsel and to serve as a trusted adviser to clients and partner organizations. A commitment to the public interest and to Americans United’s mission is essential. Americans United is an equal-opportunity employer and places strong emphasis on a diverse environment in which individuals are valued regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic.
How to Apply: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. The writing sample should be your own work and should not be substantially edited by anyone else.
Deadline: Position will be open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply by November 26, 2018.
For more information about Americans United and the legal program, please visit website, www.au.org.
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