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Lambda Legal seeks a Staff Attorney to engage in public policy advocacy, education, and cutting-edge impact litigation in its new office in Washington, DC. 

Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and everyone living with HIV, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.  Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships, end discrimination in the military, advance the rights of transgender Americans and win marriage equality.  (For more information, visit

Lambda Legal will hire a highly motivated and committed lawyer to help us lead the resistance to any retrenchment proposed by Congress and the new administration, and capitalize on every opportunity to advance liberty, equality, dignity and justice under the law.  Now more than ever, Lambda Legal will protect and defend LGBT people and everyone living with HIV, and will partner with peer organizations across movements to safeguard our communities’ increasingly-threatened civil rights. 

Responsibilities: This attorney will focus primarily on federal policy advocacy, which will include analysis of legislative and administrative policy proposals; preparation and coordination of comments on proposed legislation and regulations; advocacy with Executive and Legislative branch officials; and other forms of advocacy in diverse settings.  This attorney will regularly represent Lambda Legal at coalition meetings, and will advise the Director of Strategy on how best to deploy Lambda Legal resources in support of such coalition efforts.

This attorney will also have a litigation portfolio that will vary over time, and may include directly representing Lambda Legal clients in trial and appellate litigation, writing amicus briefs, organizing amicus strategies, working with co-counsel from other organizations, and investigating and developing potential new matters.

Finally, this attorney will engage in public speaking, write for a variety of audiences, and help implement education strategies to advance public knowledge about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV-related legal issues.

Some travel may be required.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have four to seven years of experience as a practicing attorney, and will have both legislative lawyering / policy advocacy and litigation experience.  The attorney should possess a high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, excellent speaking and writing skills, the ability to produce the highest-caliber legal work under demanding deadlines, creativity, and a willingness to work collaboratively with others toward the most effective strategies and initiatives to advance civil rights. In addition, the attorney must have the ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.

Demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the breadth of the communities that Lambda Legal serves is essential. Prior work on behalf of the LGBT community and/or people living with HIV is highly desirable, as is fluency in Spanish and/or other languages in addition to English.

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

Application: The position is open until filled. Interviews will start by late March 2017.  Send resume, brief writing sample (preferably addressing a complex policy question or discussing a constitutional, discrimination, or other complex issue), and a letter or email explaining your interest in the position and how you learned of the job opening to

Amy Shapiro
Legal Administrative Manager
Lambda Legal
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005

[email protected]

Please include “Washington, DC staff attorney” in the subject line.  No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal will not accept phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, and people living with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.