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15 Sep 2022

Full-Time Staff Attorney

NCLR – Posted by NCLR Anywhere

Job Description

Department: Legal
Status: Full-Time, Exempt Position [$95,143- $103,429]
Location: San Francisco, CA (remote considered)
September 2022

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks a highly skilled, enthusiastic, articulate and motivated staff attorney with a minimum of five (5) years of litigation experience. The person in this position will work on litigation in the full range of NCLR’s civil practice, including family and juvenile law, transgender rights, prisoners’ rights, education, sports, youth, conversion therapy, and discrimination (including housing, healthcare, employment, and public accommodations).

This is a full-time, exempt position. NCLR is based in San Francisco, CA, but any remote location within the U.S. will be considered.

Key Responsibilities

  • Handle all aspects of litigation at the trial level and on appeal, including assisting with the development of litigation strategy, performing legal research, and drafting and finalizing memos, briefs, and other filings.
  • Manage all aspects of ongoing litigation independently but in collaboration with the litigation team and outside counsel, including completing high quality legal products in a timely manner.
  • Develop and manage internal timeline for each case, monitoring both internal and external deadlines.
  • Identify and work with outside co-counsel and provide technical assistance to outside attorneys on cases related to NCLR’s practice.
  • Investigate potential new matters.
  • Identify and vet potential new clients.
  • Work closely with the Communications Department on all media and publicity efforts related to litigation, including strategy, talking points, press releases, blogs, social media, and email outreach.
  • Serve as spokesperson on NCLR positions to the media and the public generally.
  • Provide up-to-date case information to Communications Department for website and print materials.
  • Represent NCLR in various coalitions.
  • Consult on and monitor legislation and policy efforts related to NCLR’s work.
  • Update and develop publications and other legal resources.
  • Present CLEs, panels, and other speaking engagements.
  • Work closely with the Development Department on grant proposals and reports and donor communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Salary and Benefits

This position is paid according to NCLR’s attorney scale. Salary is non-negotiable and based on years since becoming barred (5-7 years): $95,143-$103,429. For example, 5 years since becoming barred means first barred by December 31, 2019. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance with a low-cost share for employees, including generous coverage of reproductive healthcare and transition-related care services; vacation and holidays; eligibility to participate in a 401(k) plan; short-term and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; flexible spending pre-tax plans for qualified medical and child care expenses; and commuter pre-tax benefits.

Application: cover letter, resume, writing sample of no more than 10 pages.


  • License to practice law in good standing in the U.S. jurisdiction where the candidate resides, and a minimum of five (5) years of experience that includes legal research and high-quality legal writing. Experience with impact litigation and constitutional litigation strongly preferred.
  • High level of independence and initiative, good judgment, excellent speaking and writing abilities.
  • Ability to produce the highest caliber work, creativity, and a willingness to work collaboratively both within the organization and with other groups.
  • Ability to respond to internal and external inquiries in a timely manner and complete all products in advance of deadlines, ensuring adequate time to review.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.
  • Knowledge of and experience advocating for the needs of LGBTQ people, including issues that specifically impact transgender and nonbinary people, people of color, and people living in poverty.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and commitment to intersectional advocacy and broader social justice issues, including racial and economic justice, feminism, reproductive justice, and an understanding of the multiple communities NCLR represents.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and to work long hours as necessary for litigation.
  • Enthusiasm for the rights of LGBTQ people and their families, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest legal advocacy.
  • Prior family law experience is a plus.

EOE Statement

NCLR is an equal opportunity employer. NCLR is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on sex, sex stereotype, race, color, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, weight, height, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all employment practices including hiring, benefits, promotions, training, disciplinary action, and termination.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights affirmatively values diversity and seeks to hire staff that reflects the diversity of our communities. Transgender people, non-binary people, intersex people, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

NCLR provides reasonable accommodations for the application, interview, or any other aspect of the employee selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please email to request an accommodation.

How to Apply

Please apply on our job portal.

Job Categories: LGBT. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Family Law, Legal, and Staff Attorney. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.


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