Senior Staff Attorney

Legal · Las Vegas, Nevada
Department Legal
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation 75,000-92,000

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada (ACLUNV) seeks applicants for a Senior Staff Attorney position in Las Vegas. The Senior Staff Attorney will work with the legal team and the Litigation Committee of the ACLUNV Board of Directors to identify and develop high impact civil liberties litigation, engage in all facets of litigation, perform legal research and drafting, and represent the ACLU of Nevada at events and public meetings. The Senior Staff Attorney will work collaboratively with other departments, including the policy and communications departments, to further ACLU’s integrated advocacy work. The Senior Staff Attorney will also provide guidance and support to the Staff Attorney and Legal Interns. This is a full-time, exempt position.


The ACLUNV is Nevada’s largest and most active organization devoted to the protection and advancement of civil rights and civil liberties and one of the state’s most effective public interest nonprofits. The organization works on a broad range of civil rights and civil liberties issues, including but not limited to free speech, election protection, education reform, drug law reform, women’s issues, prisoners’ rights, immigrant’s rights, the rights of the homeless, criminal justice reform, and LGBTQIA+ rights. To learn more about the work of the ACLUNV and the civil liberties and civil rights principles we uphold, please visit




  • Represents the ACLUNV and its clients in all aspects of litigation, including factual and legal research, discovery, pleadings, motion practice, settlement, trials, appeals, and amicus briefs;
  • Seeks out and creatively develops, leads, researches, and implements strategic impact litigation that advance key civil liberties and civil rights in Nevada;
  • Prepares and reviews demand letters and advocacy letters;
  • Assists in drafting the Legal Department’s budget and staff-driven proposals for inclusion in the ACLUNV’s strategic plan. Planning includes identifying potential high-impact civil liberties litigation so that the ACLUNV remains proactive in the tradition of the ACLU, and not merely reactive, in its legal work;
  • Develops and conducts staff training sessions and workshops on issues related to the ACLUNV’s legal program;
  • Prepares monthly reports on the Legal Department’s work for the Executive Director and the Board of Directors; recruits, trains, and coordinates volunteer attorneys’ work on ACLU of Nevada cases;
  • Works with various state, municipal, and school boards and their attorneys to resolve constitutional violations informally, as appropriate;
  • Serves on law-oriented governmental commissions and law-oriented task forces, in consultation with the Executive Director;
  • Engages in public speaking and news media interviews to articulate the ACLUNV’s views on a broad range of issues, in consultation with and by approval of the Executive Director;
  • Supports the Policy Director on legislative, local, and statewide policy issues, including lobbying when needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


  • Member of the Nevada Bar;
  • A minimum of five years of active litigation experience;
  • Management of a caseload exceeding 30+ cases at any given time;
  • Experience drafting and arguing motions involving constitutional issues, including issues surrounding the fourth and fifth amendments;
  • Jury trial experience, from inception to conclusion;
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstance;
  • Ability to juggle multiple on-going projects and exercise good judgment under stressful situations; and ability to affirmatively prosecute civil rights violations; and
  • Must also have superior writing, research and verbal skills in presenting both to lawyers and to the non-lawyer public; leadership and organizational skills in order to encourage volunteer lawyers and work cooperatively in coalitions on complicated cases; the ability to take initiative, think strategically, and share responsibility and credit.



The following characteristics are sought in the Senior Staff Attorney:

  •  A deep personal commitment to and passion for advancing civil rights and civil liberties;
  • Excellent organizational skills and a creative approach to problem-solving and litigation;
  • A creative thinker with an ability to recognize and maximize opportunities for the organization;
  • A team-building and collegial management style, including effective communications skills, and a sense of humor; and
  • Integrity. 


Salary is based on experience and qualifications.  The starting salary range for this position is from $75,000.00 to $92,000.00. Benefits include healthcare, vision, dental, retirement, and generous time-off policies. Bar dues, liability insurance, and CLE expenses provided by the ACLUNV.



To apply, please submit: (1) letter describing interest in the position; (2) resume; (3) a legal writing sample, not more than 10 pages; and (4) references. Please upload all documents in one PDF through the link marked “Resume.” If you run into any issues, please contact


The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.

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