The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is seeking to fill the position of Federal Relations Counsel. AAJ seeks to promote a fair and effective civil 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.
SUMMARY: The Federal Relations Counsel assists with complex legislative and regulatory projects and directly advocates civil justice issues, with an emphasis on banking and consumer financial protection issues. This position focuses heavily on research and writing.
Essential Functions: • Focus on the issues affecting individuals’ access to justice which includes: o Maintain regular communication with the policy makers. o Work with allied groups on shared policy goals. o Advise and assist Communications staff on press issues. o Draft advocacy material, such as one-pagers and fact sheets, and testimony to promote policy goals. o Draft regulatory comments and letters in response to rulemakings. • 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 effecting access to the courts. • 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.
Position Requirements: •JD and 1-3 years’ experience in legal research, analysis and writing. •Familiarity with Congress, legislative process, and regulatory process and commitment to civil justice. •Prior experience working on Capitol Hill is preferred. •Excellent writing and communication skills, plus the ability to work independently and in teams. •A clear understanding of AAJ issues and the ability to advocate for them to others.
Please email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE.
About American Association for Justice
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.