Administrative, Clerical, Support, Research and Information
4 Year Degree
Federal Relations Counsel
The American Association for Justice (AAJ®) is seeking an entry level Federal Relations Counsel for its Public Affairs department. AAJ works to preserve the constitutional right to trial by jury and to make sure people have a fair chance to seek justice when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others—even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations.
The Federal Relations Counsel assists with legislative and regulatory projects, and advocacy on civil justice issues, with an emphasis on the federal judicial nominations process. This position focuses heavily on administrative duties, research, writing, and data entry.
Essential Functions: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties include:
• Focus on the issues affecting individuals’ access to justice which includes:
• Assist with regular communication with the policy makers. • Work with allied groups on shared policy goals. • Draft advocacy material, such as one-pagers and fact sheets, and testimony to promote policy goals. • Draft regulatory comments and letters in response to rulemakings. • Create, maintain, and routinely update various tracking databases for purposes of legislation and the federal judicial nominations process.
• Heavy focus on research, policy writing and drafting all the following: legislative materials, advocacy materials, regulatory comments, policy/issue white papers and background memos.
• Brief members of Congress and staff and prepare and provide information to Hill, particularly focusing on the needs of Committees of jurisdiction.
• Analyze and assess legislation to evaluate civil justice implications for our members, including conducting legal research on legislative proposals.
• Monitor the daily progress of legislation affecting access to the courts.
• Monitor the daily progress of the federal judicial nominations process including:
• Create education materials for stakeholders about the federal judicial nominations process; closely monitor current and upcoming vacancies and educate members of congress and the media on the importance of professional and descriptive diversity on the federal bench to ensure fairness and proper representation of all individuals who rely on the civil justice system.
• Conduct research on the process of selecting federal judicial candidates and research issues of access to justice including reviewing case opinions, case representations, legal and academic writings.
• Assist Regulatory Counsel as needed on regulatory advocacy, including analyzing impact of proposed regulations on AAJ membership, drafting regulatory comments and letters, conducting legal research on proposed regulations.
• Perform administrative tasks as assigned in order to support the public affairs team including database creation and maintenance, schedule meetings, coordinating with coalition partners, and creation of presentations.
• Attend lobby meetings; work on special projects, and assist the lobbying team as needed.
• JD degree and demonstrated ability to conduct legal research, analysis and writing. • Exceptionally detail-oriented and organized. • Excellent writing and communication skills, plus the ability to work independently and in teams. • Familiarity with MS Office Suite products (i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint). • Commitment to civil justice. • A clear understanding of AAJ issues and the ability to advocate for them to others.
*Due to COVID-19 this position will temporarily work remotely.
AAJ offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. AAJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls please.
The American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients. The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.