Position Summary & Background

A Better Balance (ABB) is seeking an outstanding, experienced litigator with demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy and/or pro bono work to assume a leadership role on our legal team as a Senior Staff Attorney.  This position offers a unique opportunity to develop and engage in high-impact litigation on key gender justice and civil rights issues in a thriving organization with creative, dedicated staff and a supportive work environment.

ABB is a national legal advocacy organization with offices in New York, NY and Nashville, TN dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace and helping workers care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. Through nationwide policy advocacy, legal services and strategic litigation, and enforcement and education, ABB is fighting back and improving workers’ lives at the local, state and federal levels. The organization has fought for and won victories in improved paid leave, equal pay, pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, LGBTQ rights protections, and other women’s rights and economic justice issues throughout the country. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national and international media recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.   We also provide free and direct legal services to low-wage workers and conduct litigation in state and federal court. Thus far in 2017, we have assisted over 450 people and have initiated cutting-edge class action lawsuits against two of the country’s largest employers challenging their unlawful pregnancy accommodation and absence-control policies and practices. Last year, the United States Department of Justice entered a consent decree in a case involving two of our pregnancy discrimination clients. With this hire, we are seeking to further expand our litigation portfolio to make an even greater impact nationwide, in recognition of the need for private attorneys general in our current political landscape.

There is some flexibility in job title and potential for growth in this position for candidates who have the experience and are interested in assuming greater management responsibilities. The position is based in New York, NY, where ABB was founded in 2005. For more information about ABB, visit www.abetterbalance.org.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct nationwide impact litigation in state and federal courts and identify and develop potential new cases and litigation opportunities, including amicus briefs, that advance gender justice;
  • Manage ABB’s advice and counseling hotline by training and supervising the litigation and direct legal services work of junior staff attorneys, as well as ABB legal fellows and law student interns;
  • Undertake and support other ABB legal staff in conducting community outreach and education and developing training and self-advocacy materials on ABB’s core issues for advocates, organizers, and lay audiences;
  • Work closely with ABB’s legal and non-legal program staff to develop and implement communication strategies that promote and magnify the impact of our legal work;

 

Required Qualifications:

  • J.D. and active bar membership, preferably in NY, ability to waive into NY, or willingness to sit for the NY bar exam.
  • Track record of substantial impact litigation experience, including experience in federal court.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, gender, racial and LGBTQ justice with a passion for achieving equity and economic justice for women and families.
  • Proven ability to serve as lead or co-lead counsel in all phases of civil litigation and to successfully lead strong litigation teams that include individuals of varied levels of experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify novel and innovative litigation approaches and opportunities, including by analyzing legislation for potential impact case opportunities and identifying legal tools to address and respond to emerging trends, particularly problematic industries, and changing socio-political landscapes.
  • Superior legal research and analytic skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to write and speak persuasively and clearly to a range of audiences.
  • Experience supervising, training, and/or mentoring attorneys, law fellows and law clerks.
  • Experience working directly with clients from diverse backgrounds and populations, including communities of color, low-wage workers, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals.
  • Experience working with external co-counsel or in coalition settings with multiple organizational partners.
  • Ability to give feedback and resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Ability to travel occasionally as needed.

 

The Ideal Candidate Will Also Possess:

  • Creativity and excellent judgment in developing and executing litigation strategies.
  • High degree of self-motivation and initiative, with the ability to create work plans and meet deadlines under time pressure.
  • Experience working in a team setting and fostering a collaborative approach to case work and other advocacy efforts.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with skills and experience; A Better Balance offers a generous benefits package.

 

To Apply:

TO APPLY: Please submit letter of interest, resume (including any salary requirements), and references to Dina Bakst, Co-Founder & Co-President, A Better Balance at dbakst@abetterbalance.org (subject line: Senior Staff Attorney). Applications will only be accepted by email, and position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen.

 

A Better Balance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Organization Description:

ABB is a national legal advocacy organization with offices in New York, NY and Nashville, TN dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace and helping workers care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. Through nationwide policy advocacy, legal services and strategic litigation, and enforcement and education, ABB is fighting back and improving workers’ lives at the local, state and federal levels. The organization has fought for and won victories in improved paid leave, equal pay, pregnancy and caregiver protection, breastfeeding accommodations, LGBTQ rights protections, and other economic justice issues throughout the country. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients and those most directly affected by our policy work. The Families at Work Legal Clinic and Helpline provides free legal assistance to low-wage workers, especially those in New York and the South. We have also been at the forefront of learning about, and using legal tools to stop, punitive absence control policies that lead to intimidation, job loss and poor health outcomes for workers already on the economic edge. Large corporations use absence control policies to treat their workers as expendable by punishing them when they need time off for lawful, medical absences. Due to fear of termination, some workers forgo necessary medical treatment or face the impossible choice between their jobs and caring for a seriously ill loved one.

The ABB Southern Office opened in 2014 and focuses on the plight of working families in the Southeastern United States, where poverty rates are some of the highest in the country and progressive legal protections are scarce. The Southern Office has a particular focus on utilizing a gender and racial justice lens and filling gaps for legal capacity in the South.

Position Description:

Based in Nashville, TN, the Staff Attorney would advance the goals of A Better Balance by promoting fairness for working families in the South and raising awareness nationally of local issues affecting Southern low-wage workers, especially marginalized communities. The Staff Attorney would likely provide assistance in the following areas: continuing our legal efforts to end abusive absence control policies, staffing our free legal helpline to assist low-wage workers, being part of a team working on impact litigation cases, coalition-building, policy reports and analysis (research and writing), drafting and disseminating public education materials, and federal, state, and local legislative advocacy.

ABB offers excellent benefits including generous vacation, sick, and family leave policies as well as flexibility; salary would be commensurate with education and experience.

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of legal experience preferred.
  • JD and license to practice law in Tennessee (or plan to waive into or sit for TN bar exam).
  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive health, women’s rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, or advocacy for low-income individuals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, research, and analytic skills.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building and organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

To Apply:

TO APPLY: Please submit letter of interest, resume (including any salary requirements), and references to egedmark@abettterbalance.org (subject line: Southern Office Staff Attorney). Applications will only be accepted by email, and position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen.

A Better Balance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.