The Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm and think tank dedicated to making real the progressive promise of our Constitution’s text, history, and values. We work in our courts, through our government, and with legal scholars to preserve the rights and freedoms of all in America and to protect our judiciary from politics and special interests.
At the Constitutional Accountability Center, we view the Constitution as an inherently progressive document—amended over the generations to become more just, equitable, and inclusive. To make real the promises of our national charter, we must honor and celebrate different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds, and especially the contributions of historically marginalized communities. As an organization, we make every effort to live by these ideals and help create the conditions that will allow all individuals and communities to thrive.
We are committed to the recruitment, development, and retention of talented and diverse staff who believe in true justice and equality for all people. The Constitutional Accountability Center is an equal opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino/Latina or Latinx, Asian American or Pacific Islander, and from other underrepresented communities to join us.
CAC has adopted a hybrid work schedule with all staff working in the Washington, DC office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All CAC staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work in the office.
To learn more about the Constitutional Accountability Center, please visit www.theusconstitution.org.
The Counsel will have dual responsibilities in litigation and communication of CAC’s work. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Researching and drafting briefs for litigation at the Supreme Court and in lower federal courts;
- Reviewing cases and making recommendations regarding possible amicus support;
- Drafting and editing content, including social media posts, press releases, newsletters, op-eds, and blog posts;
- Creating communications plans and messaging guidance for major Supreme Court and federal appellate cases; and
- Pitching newsworthy stories to journalists, maintaining and updating press lists, and responding to media requests.
The Counsel reports to CAC’s Chief Counsel.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
- A J.D. and an excellent academic record;
- Advocacy or communications experience;
- Be a member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible upon hire to seek admission without examination;
- Outstanding research and writing skills;
- Attention to detail;
- Demonstrated interest in promoting a progressive vision rooted in the Constitution’s text and history;
- Ability to be a team player as well as a self-starter;
- Experience using Westlaw and The Bluebook; and
- Experience using EveryAction, WordPress, Muck Rack, Substack, and social media management tools desirable but not required.
The starting salary range for this position is $80,000 – $90,000, depending on experience. CAC also provides an excellent benefit package to our staff, including health, dental, and vision insurance, FSA, SmarTrip benefits, a 403(b) match, three weeks of paid vacation, one week paid sick leave, and paid leave for federal holidays.
To apply, please send a résumé, cover letter, law school transcript, and relevant writing sample in one PDF to email@example.com.
After the first interview, candidates moving forward in the process will be asked to draft a sample op-ed based on provided legal materials.