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Title

Litigation Counsel 

Description

Position Objective:

Develop and manage civil court and administrative litigation, and provide legal advice and assistance on a wide range of issues arising from or related to PETA's and the PETA Foundation's work.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

• Develop and manage all aspects of litigation—including outside counsel, pleadings, discovery, motion practice, briefs, hearings, arguments, correspondence, witness preparation, depositions, and trials—in federal and state trial and appellate courts and before government agencies in order to further PETA's and the PETA Foundation's objectives
• Work closely with outside counsel on active litigation to achieve cost-effective results for PETA and the PETA Foundation
• Develop new cases and litigation strategies to advance animals' rights in the legal system
• Research, interpret, and apply local, state, and federal statutes and regulations and applicable case law, with a primary focus on animal protection and animal rights issues
• Assist caseworkers, researchers, and campaigners with a wide array of legal issues that arise in their work
• Liaise with various PETA and PETA Foundation departments regarding efforts to publicize PETA's legal work
• Supervise fellows and law student interns on assigned projects
• Represent the organization to the media on assigned legal work and engage in public speaking and writing on subjects related to this work
• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

 

Position Requirements

• J.D. and a minimum of three years civil-litigation experience
• Litigation experience with animal law, administrative law, environmental law, and/or criminal law preferred but not required
• Member in good standing of a state bar association
• Proven excellent legal research, writing, and verbal advocacy skills
• Proven ability to handle multiple tasks within strict time constraints
• Willingness to gain admission to court and bar associations and travel, where necessary
• Support for PETA's philosophy and the ability to advocate PETA's and the PETA Foundation's positions on issues professionally
• Commitment to the objectives of the organization
 

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Division PETA Foundation  
Location Multiple Locations  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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