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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) seeks a Staff Attorney to support ground-breaking work in support of criminal defense litigation related to Fourth Amendment rights. This staff person is a member of the national affairs team and works under the Sr. Privacy and National Security Counsel.
NACDL’s new Fourth Amendment initiative will: (1) provide education on emerging issues at the intersection of advancing technology, privacy and the constitutional rights of the accused in criminal cases; (2) establish a practical and dynamic toolkit of resources to help lawyers identify opportunities to challenge government surveillance tools and techniques as they arise in criminal cases; and (3) establish a tactical litigation support network to assist the criminal defense bar in cases that present an opportunity to challenge the use of new technologies and to partner with impact litigators.
The staff attorney will help build the infrastructure necessary to identify key cases that can challenge outdated Fourth Amendment legal doctrine and create new, more durable doctrine for the digital age. The staff attorney will also be responsible for equipping defense lawyers with the tools and technical assistance essential to ensure that Fourth Amendment case law evolves with technology.
The ultimate goal of the project is to empower an educated criminal defense bar to challenge these programs and technologies in court, where the most lasting and impactful policies are made.
Roles and responsibilities:
The applicant must possess the following qualifications:
To apply: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample (5-10 pp.) to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “NACDL Staff Attorney”. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position open until filled. A realistic statement of salary requirements, mindful of NACDL’s generous employee benefit package, is required.