Jobs: Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney

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Lambda Legal seeks outstanding attorneys to engage in cutting-edge impact litigation, public policy advocacy, and education furthering Lambda Legal’s mission.

Who We Are

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships, challenge discrimination against LGBT people and people living with HIV in the workplace, the home, in schools, in health care, and in the military; and protect LGBT families, including by winning and defending marriage equality. Supporters across the country contribute to a growing budget of approximately $19M.  Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy and Lambda Legal receives no government funding. Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, DC.


All Lambda Legal attorneys are responsible for four major areas of work: 

  1. Impact Litigation

Devising legal theories and litigation strategy; identifying and cultivating litigation opportunities, whether from our legal Help Desk, referrals from private attorneys, media accounts, or in response to government action; conducting litigation in trial and appellate courts with a high degree of independence; providing amicus curiae support through brief writing and coordination; consulting with private lawyers who are handling matters related to Lambda Legal’s areas of expertise.

  1. Public Policy

Analyze legislative proposals affecting the LGBT community or people living with HIV, often times under significant time pressure; track relevant legislative proposals; provide testimony; and work with stakeholders at the local, state, and national level. 

  1. Education, Engagement & Outreach

Cultivate relationships with key coalition partners and allied organizations and will pursue opportunities to share Lambda Legal’s organizational expertise, including presentations at legal conferences, teaching continuing legal education, interviews with print, radio, television, and web reporters, and other speaking engagements. 

  1. Cross-Department Collaboration

Work collaboratively with colleagues in Lambda Legal’s Communications and Development Departments to advance knowledge about and gain support for Lambda Legal’s efforts to secure full legal and lived equality for LGBT people and everyone living with HIV. 



  • At least two years’ legal experience and those candidates with significantly more experience, including a history of supervision of legal staff, may be considered for the position of Senior Staff Attorney.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong written and oral advocacy skills.
  • Knowledge, technical skills and leadership capacity to develop and execute strategies to advance the civil rights of LGBT people and everyone living with HIV
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, interact with, and counsel current and prospective clients
  • A record of excellent judgment
  • Ability to operate with a high level of independence and initiative 
  • Demonstrated experience, skill and creativity to produce the highest caliber legal work, often under demanding deadlines, and must also be able to work well with others, collaborating and consulting on both long-term projects and in high-stress situations
  • Ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for a wide variety of audiences

Serving the full breadth of the LGBT and HIV communities requires cultural competency and a commitment to addressing the multi-layered and interlocking forms of discrimination and oppression that exist in our society, including discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, immigration status, religion, education and class. Any successful candidate must be able to demonstrate their understanding and appreciation of the importance of integrating our commitment to combating these other forms of discrimination into our work to eradicate discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or HIV status.

Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the breadth of the communities that Lambda Legal serves. Prior work on behalf of the LGBT community and/or people living with HIV is a plus, as is experience working with other historically marginalized communities (in a professional or volunteer capacity).  Any successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to work in a gender-diverse and racially diverse environment.  Spanish language proficiency a plus.

Travel:  Some travel is required.

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of a midsize not-for-profit.  Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, employer contributions to retirement account, and substantial vacation.

Application:  The position is open until filled. Send resume, brief writing sample (preferably addressing 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:

Shaby Rosales
Human Resources
Lambda Legal
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 100005

Please include “Attorney - SCRO” in the subject line of your email.

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-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and individuals living with HIV are encouraged to apply.