Staff Attorney (Focus on Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity)

San Francisco, California, United States Full-time

The Opportunity

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) seeks a mid-level attorney to join our efforts to defend and advance reproductive justice and gender equity in California, as well as to work on other ACLU-NC priority issues. The attorney will pursue and help develop impact litigation and policy advocacy under the supervision of the Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity Director. The position will be based in our San Francisco office.


The Approach

You are a self-motivated, critical thinker who is a passionate advocate for reproductive justice, gender equity, and other civil rights and civil liberties. You excel at legal research, writing, and oral communication, take a solutions-oriented approach, and exercise sound independent judgment to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. 


The Position

You are a member of the ACLU-NC Legal-Policy department and of the statewide Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity team. The team employs integrated litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and communications strategies to eliminate barriers to gender equity, secure reproductive rights, and ensure that those rights can be exercised by all Californians with dignity and freedom from discrimination or coercion. Current areas of focus for the Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity team include challenging restrictions on reproductive health care by hospitals and other providers; preserving California’s strong laws on access to reproductive health care from federal threats; protecting the reproductive rights of people in the criminal justice system; and ending pregnancy and workplace discrimination. In addition to working on reproductive justice and gender equity, you will have the opportunity to work on other ACLU-NC issues—including immigration, economic justice, criminal justice, and freedom of speech and expression—as the need arises.


About the Organization

The ACLU-NC is an affiliate of a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. For most of the last century, it has been at the heart of many of the most major—and sometimes controversial—struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state. Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper, but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era and face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these un-American policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. We are the resistance. Join us.


Duties & Responsibilities

Working under the supervision of the Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity Director, in coordination with a Senior Staff Attorney and with other ACLU staff and cooperating counsel, the Staff Attorney will participate in a range of policy advocacy and litigation. This will include:

  • Conducting all aspects of legal research;
  • Analyzing Public Record Act requests;
  • Devising legal theory and strategy;
  • Analyzing and drafting legislation;
  • Researching and drafting advocacy letters;
  • Engaging in litigation case management;
  • Evaluating and investigating potential claims;
  • Working with plaintiffs;
  • Drafting pleadings; and
  • Conducting/defending depositions, engaging in written discovery, and working with experts.



  • 4-6 years of litigation experience preferred;
  • Experience with policy analysis and legislative drafting;
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Familiarity with and commitment to reproductive justice and gender equity;
  • Excellent legal research skills;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • Understanding of advocacy in various contexts;
  • Litigation experience, including in conducting and defending depositions, engaging in written discovery, working with experts, drafting pleadings, motions practice, and trial practice;
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative thinking, combined with ability to work well in teams;
  • Excellent oral communication skills;
  • Membership in the California State Bar.
  • Spanish-language skills a plus.



Competitive salary depending on experience. The salary range is $69,270.00 - $106,214.00. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match.


To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis.  Applications must include (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above, (2) resume, and (3) a list of four references.


Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter. Please submit your application materials online at:


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