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29 Apr 2021

Full-Time Staff Counsel

CREW – Posted by kchoudharyhart Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) seeks a passionate and creative attorney to join our legal team and help us secure our democracy and build a better Washington. This position is a unique opportunity to be on the front lines of the fight for a more ethical, equitable and accountable government, while working alongside smart, dedicated and kind people. 

As a leading nonpartisan nonprofit government watchdog, CREW is dedicated to defending our democratic institutions, rooting out government corruption and fighting the influence of money in politics through legal action and communications grounded by in-depth research. CREW is looking for a creative, results-driven attorney who is committed to our mission and cares deeply about protecting our democracy. We welcome diverse skills and experiences.


  • Work on a wide variety of CREW’s legal actions, such as litigation, administrative complaints, and open records requests.
  • Help develop CREW’s legal and litigation strategy, and brainstorm new lawsuits and actions.
  • Support and take the lead on active litigation alongside a team of seasoned campaign finance and transparency attorneys.
  • Engage in legal and policy research and analysis.
  • Work alongside policy and ethics experts to develop and advocate for policies to advance CREW’s mission.
  • Supervise fellows and interns on legal research projects.

A great candidate has:

  • J.D. (required).
  • A minimum of 3 years legal experience.
  • Experience and/or significant interest in pursuit of litigation, potentially including FOIA litigation.
  • An interest in ethics, money in politics, and/or government transparency issues.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • The ability to work collaboratively.
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills.
  • Great writing and communication skills.
  • Initiative to identify needs, take charge of tasks, and get things done in an exciting, fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and sound judgment, including the ability to work effectively with outside counsel.
  • The position is based in Washington, D.C. but will begin remotely due to the ongoing pandemic.


Salary is commensurate with experience. Extensive and competitive benefits package including generous paid holidays, vacation time and sick leave, full health, dental and vision insurance coverage, contributions for dependent care, as well as a generous 401(K) program, student loan contribution plan, and top-notch parental leave policy, all of which you’d be included in on day one.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to Please include your last name and “Staff Counsel” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. We are only able to respond to candidates we are contacting for an interview. CREW is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in our workplace and in our work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: 501c3, counsel, good government, lawyer, Legal, and nonprofit. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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