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.

Current 1L and 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2018 summer internship at A Better Balance (ABB) in our New York City office.

Organization Description:

ABB is a national legal advocacy organization that is a leader in the movement to reshape laws and policies to fit the needs of today’s workforce.  ABB’s mission is to promote equality and expand choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security.  ABB works on the national and local level employing a wide range of strategies — legislative advocacy, litigation, direct services, grassroots organizing, research and public education — to promote flexible workplace policies, end discrimination against caregivers, and support family caregiving.

Since its founding in 2005, ABB has been at the forefront of a movement to fight for family-friendly laws and policies.  We focus on a variety of issues, such as: family leave insurance, paid sick leave, and fairness for working families. We support paid sick leave campaigns at the state and local level around the country, and are at the center of efforts for implementing paid family leave in New York State.  Our program to end discrimination against pregnant women, LGBTQ families, and those with caregiving responsibilities focuses on national and local advocacy as well as individual representation.  We run a free legal advice and counseling hotline for low-income New Yorkers who face employment law issues because of their caregiving responsibilities or because of a violation of New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act.

ABB pushes for public policy reform on a range of issues, such as ending abusive absence-control policies, supporting predictable scheduling, expanding recognition of diverse families, promoting workplace flexibility for employees across the economic spectrum, and valuing the work of all family caregivers, whether they care for a newborn, a sick child, an aging relative, or a family member with a disability. A Better Balance is also working on the front lines with advocates and elected officials across the country, using the power of the law to defend progressive local policies against state and federal preemption.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive justice, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and/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.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to: Marcella Kocolatos, mkocolatos@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.

Current 1L and 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2018 summer internship at A Better Balance (ABB) in our Southern office, based in Nashville TN.

Organization Description:

ABB is a national legal advocacy organization that is a leader in the movement to reshape laws and policies to fit the needs of today’s workforce.  ABB’s mission is to promote equality and expand choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security.  ABB works on the national and local level employing a wide range of strategies — legislative advocacy, litigation, direct services, grassroots organizing, research and public education — to promote flexible workplace policies, end discrimination against caregivers, and support family caregiving.

Since its founding in 2005, ABB has been at the forefront of a movement to fight for family-friendly laws and policies.  We focus on a variety of issues, such as: family leave insurance, paid sick leave, and fairness for working families. We support paid sick leave campaigns at the state and local level around the country, and are at the center of efforts to implement paid family leave in New York State.  Our program to end discrimination against pregnant women, LGBTQ families, and those with caregiving responsibilities focuses on national and local advocacy as well as individual representation.  We run a free legal hotline for low-income workers who face employment law issues because of their caregiving responsibilities.  ABB also conducts trainings for low-income workers and their advocates.  ABB pushes for public policy reform on a range of issues, such as ending abusive absence-control policies, supporting predictable scheduling, expanding recognition of diverse families, promoting workplace flexibility for employees across the economic spectrum, and valuing the work of all family caregivers, whether they care for a newborn, a sick child, an aging relative, or a family member with a disability. A Better Balance is also working on the front lines with advocates and elected officials across the country, using the power of the law to defend progressive local policies against state and federal preemption.

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 fairness for pregnant workers and breastfeeding mothers, as well as other uniquely Southern issues affecting families in the workplace.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive justice, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and/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.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to: Marcella Kocolatos, mkocolatos@abetterbalance.org, by January 15th, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.