Thursday, June 02, 2005


Lambda Legal seeks a Staff or Senior Staff Attorney for its Midwest Regional Office

Lambda Legal seeks a Staff or Senior Staff Attorney for its Midwest Regional Office.

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people with HIV, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.

Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas, including federal and state constitutional law issues; discrimination in employment, benefits, housing, insurance, schools and other areas; harassment and violence; anti-gay ballot initiatives; access to healthcare and HIV‑related treatments; child custody, visitation and adoption; relationship protections, including the freedom to marry; discrimination based upon gender identity and sex-stereotyping; and sodomy law reform. Lambda has been involved in many recent Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, Garrett v. University of Alabama Board of Trustees, Dale v. Boy Scouts of America, Troxel v. Granville, Romer v. Evans, and Board of Regents of University of Wisconsin v. Southworth. More information about Lambda can be found at

Responsibilities: The Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney will help serve the ten states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) in the Midwest Region and increase Lambda Legal’s presence as a force for civil rights there. The attorney will handle all aspects of litigation in precedent‑setting cases, as well as engage in education efforts and policy advocacy. Litigation responsibilities include devising litigation strategies to produce the greatest positive impact most efficiently, conducting each stage of litigation in trial and appellate courts, writing amicus briefs, organizing amicus strategies, supervising Lambda Legal cooperating attorneys, assisting with the screening of requests for legal assistance, and investigating and developing potential new matters. In addition, staff attorneys often consult with private lawyers who are handling matters related to Lambda Legal’s areas of expertise, advocate with government agencies and officials, and advise policy makers. The attorney will speak, write, and help implement education strategies to change dialogue and advance public knowledge about HIV, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. The education work involves frequent interviews with print, television and radio reporters. Some travel is required.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a minimum of four years experience as a practicing attorney, including litigation experience that prepares the applicant to handle law reform litigation. Applicants for the Senior Staff Attorney are expected to possess sufficient experience to work with substantial independence in furtherance of Lambda Legal’s mission. All applicants should possess a high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, excellent speaking and writing abilities, the ability to produce the highest caliber legal work, creativity, and a willingness to work with others toward the most effective strategies and initiatives to advance civil rights. In addition, the successful candidate will have the ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.

Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal represents, and a commitment to diversity within Lambda Legal and in the work that we do.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of Lambda Legal scale. Excellent employer paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and generous employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.

Application: Send résumé, writing sample, and letter of interest by June 6, 2005 to:

Monika Luczak - MRO Staff Attorney Position
Legal Administrative Manager
Lambda Legal
120 Wall Street, Suite 1500
New York, NY 10005-3904
Fax: (212) 809-0055

People of color and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

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