ACLU Washington

Staff Attorney

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking an experienced attorney for a permanent staff attorney position to build, file, and litigate complex civil actions in state and federal court to protect and preserve civil liberties for all Washingtonians—work that is important now more than ever.

The ACLU-WA has increased its level of operations in order to fight the current administration’s broad attacks on civil liberties while continuing to vigorously move forward the work of our existing projects—much of which will also be affected by the actions of the Administration: protecting the rights of immigrants; criminal justice reform; the school to prison pipeline; using religion to oppose LGBT rights and reproductive freedom; and privacy, surveillance, and technology. Our goal is not just resistance; it is progress.

This attorney position will give us the capacity to push forward our affirmative agenda as well as engage in fast-moving, defensive battles against the current administration’s policies.

OVERVIEW

The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan.

Whether it’s ending mass incarceration and police brutality, achieving full equality for LGBT people, protecting privacy in the digital age, preserving the right to vote, or ensuring reproductive freedom, the ACLU is willing to take on tough civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. And we’re successful. In the past couple of years in Washington State, we’ve won a nation-wide preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s refugee ban, damages for a man wrongfully detained by a local police department because he was an immigrant, reforms on the use of solitary confinement for children in Grays Harbor County, the right to documents describing the Tacoma Police Department’s ownership and operation of a cell site simulator device, and a nationally significant lawsuit for a gay couple who was denied service by their local florist.

For more information about this opportunity, please refer to the job description.