Job Postings

Posted 1/10/18

Legal Director - ACLU of Virginia

Office: Affiliate Offices

Location: Virginia

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (ACLU-VA) seeks a dynamic individual to join its leadership team as its Legal Director. This is an exciting once in a career opportunity to help enhance civil liberties and civil rights in the Commonwealth, bring the protections of the Bill of Rights to everyone, and build the political power necessary to energize the fight for civil liberties and protect our hard won victories. Formally established in 1969, the ACLU-VA is Virginia’s premier guardian of civil liberties and a recognized champion of civil rights for all Virginians. The ACLU-VA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes civil liberties and civil rights for everyone in the Commonwealth through public education, litigation, and advocacy with the goal of securing freedom and equality for all. The ACLU-VA is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender nationally of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights. The Virginia affiliate was recently named part of the national ACLU’s Strategic Affiliate Initiative (SAI) program, a large-scale monetary investment in key states across the country. Funds from this initiative will be used to rapidly expand the ACLU-VA legislative and communications programs while strengthening general organizational capacity. Being a member of the SAI program is an exciting time that will bring about organization transformation and help the ACLU-VA win legislative battles at the state and federal levels.

Position Overview

The Legal Director plays a proactive, leadership role in advancing change through the ACLU of Virginia’s integrated advocacy program that seeks to protect civil rights and civil liberties through litigation, legislation, and public education. Guided by the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors, the Director identifies opportunities to advance our strategic priorities through impact litigation, oversees the work of an exceptional legal team, recruits and oversees the work of cooperating attorneys, develops and tries cases, writes appellate and amicus briefs and leads our work on selected issue priorities. The Director participates as counsel and advocate in the ACLU of Virginia’s representation before legislative and executive branch officials and agencies at the federal, state and local levels and assists in communicating our work to the public. As a key member of the leadership team, the Director participates fully in establishing and accomplishing program priorities, developing and managing the budget for the legal team, and collaborating internally with the communications, legislative, and development staff to advance the ACLU of Virginia’s priority campaigns ensuring maximum media exposure, coordinating policy and legal advocacy tactics, and developing necessary financial resources.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary based on market factors and individual experience and abilities. The salary range for this position is $80,800 to $121,200. To preserve the opportunity for advancement, we do not normally hire above the mid-point of the range. Excellent benefits include:

  • Paid time off
  • Generous paid holidays
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • 401K plan
  • Life insurance
  • Income replacement during illness through a combination of annual sick leave, short-term and long-term disability insurance.

To Apply

Send a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position as detailed in the job description, a current resume, and a short, one or two-page writing sample by mail to ACLU of Virginia, 701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 1412, Richmond, VA 23219 or by email to with Legal Director in the subject line of the email.

Applications accepted until position is filled. Submit your application as soon as possible. To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by 5pm EDT, January 31, 2018. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job listing.

The ACLU of Virginia is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Virginia encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations.

Posted 1/9/18




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The Assistant County Attorney will perform high-quality professional work under the supervision of the Louisa County Attorney.  The Louisa County Attorney is the Chief Legal Officer and Counsel to the County of Louisa, its Board of Supervisors, County Administration, County departments, authorities, boards and commissions (“County Clients”).  The Louisa County Attorney reports directly to and is responsible to the Louisa County Board of Supervisors. 

The Louisa County Attorney  represents the County by providing timely, high-quality, legal advice, services, and representation to its County Clients, and limited legal representation/services and support to the County’s elected Constitutional Officers (Circuit Court Clerk, Commissioner of the Revenue, Sheriff, and Treasurer).  The Assistant County Attorney is expected to assist the County Attorney in serving all internal clients, but will have as his or her primary responsibilities that of representing the Departments of Human Services and/or Community Development.  The Assistant County Attorney will be assigned other departments based upon the needs of the County, the articulated interest of the applicant, among other things

The Assistant Louisa County Attorney will perform a wide variety of legal work, including prepare legal briefs, memoranda, opinion and correspondence on legal matters, research and interpret federal, state, and local law, develop and management case and trial strategy for litigation, review and approve contracts and other legal instruments, prepare deeds, leases, and contracts, render legal advice and opinions to County clients, draft ordinances, and regularly attend court.

Essential Functions of the Position:

The Assistant County Attorney will, under the direction of the County Attorney and in support of the County Attorney’s role, perform the following essential functions:

·         Advise and represent the Department of Human Services (“Human Services”) on matters of child abuse, neglect of incapacitated adults, welfare, foster care, and other matters mandated by state statutes, including but not limited to: 

a.       Prosecute on behalf of, and representing Human Services in court on all matters, including petitions involving protective orders, relief of custody, abuse and/or neglect, emergency removal, preliminary removal, foster care plans, chins, and petitions seeking the termination of residual parental rights on tight statute-mandated timelines;

b.      Assist, counsel and advise Human Services in any judicial review of plans for foster children; review all documents to be filed by Human Services with the court;

c.       Render legal advice and court representation on compliance with all subpoenas duces tecum requesting access to CPS, APS, and Foster Care files or requests for social worker’s to testify in court to reveal the source of a child protective services report or other confidential information;

d.      Prepare all petitions or witness subpoenas for court hearings on behalf of Human Services;

e.       Assist Human Services in determining and evaluating available legal options regarding legal issues arising in various complex situations such as multi-jurisdictional cases, conflict of laws issues, quashing of subpoenas, and interpretation of applicable law;

f.       Provide legal representation to Human Services administrative appeals, or  appeals to higher courts;

g.      Conduct training sessions for the purpose of training social workers with respect to the application of legal principles, statutes, and case law regarding juvenile and domestic relations and child welfare laws and procedures;

·         Assist in drafting and enforcing the County Code provisions, and enforcing the State building code.

·          Stay informed of recent court decisions, and recommends changes in ordinances, practices or policies to ensure compliance with local, state or federal law.

·         Draft legal documents including contracts, purchasing agreements and leases.

·         Gathers and analyzes evidence in cases and reviews pertinent decisions, policies, regulations, and other legal matters.

·         Appear in state and federal court in a wide variety of civil proceedings. 

·         Such other duties as assigned by the County Attorney.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Ability to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge of Virginia law,  knowledge of governing principles and practices, and  important court decisions, including those  applicable to the functions of local government;
  • Thorough knowledge of legal research and the investigation, preparation and presentation of cases for trial; thorough knowledge of legal office procedures, practices and methods.
  • Ability to provide effective legal counsel to County representatives and agencies.
  • Ability to conduct research and interpret ordinances and federal and state statutes.
  • Ability to prepare and review a variety of legal documents including pleadings, ordinances, resolutions, and contracts.
  • Ability to appear in State and Federal Courts of Virginia on a wide variety of litigation and at least 3 years of experience doing so.
  • Ability to establish effective, professional working relations with others.
  • Proven attention to detail.
  • Must have a proven ability to maintain professional ethics related to confidentiality.
  • Must be able to prioritize, and demonstrate effective time-management skills, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills, effective listening skills, and the ability to understand and follow directions.
  • The ability to exercise sound professional and personal judgment, discretion tact and resourcefulness and make independent decisions in accordance with established policies and procedures when problem solving.
  • Demonstrated analytical ability to gather and analyze information in order to determine and identify missing information and gaps with accuracy.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally in and in writing, along with excellent customer service skills to deal with a broad spectrum of individuals to include, but not limited to, clients, courts, public officials, private agencies, associates at all levels within the County, and the public in a positive and tactful manner under sometimes stressful and sensitive situations to resolve issues tactfully and diplomatically.
  • Ability to write clear and concise specifications.
  • Computer skills also required to operate a personal computer and the associated office and agency software and technology to establish and maintain accurate and complete case records, and to access, manipulate and verify data.
  • Skill in typing, along with the ability to read, spell, proofread and file alphabetically, numerically, and chronologically.
  • Mathematical skill required to calculate percentages,  formulas and averages to solve mathematical problems and make mathematical computations with accuracy.

Education, Experience and Training:

Juris Doctor degree and member of the Virginia State Bar required.   The preferred candidate will have one or a combination of the following professional experience(s):  at least three years of litigation and/or   or local government law.

Equipment, Tools and Work airs used in performing the essential functions of the position:

Westlaw; Lexis/Nexis, Fastcase, Computer; Charts; Plats; Court Decisions; Ordinances; Statutes, Codes

Working Conditions:

  • Environmental: Employee is Subject to Inside Environmental Conditions: Protection from weather conditions.

·         Physical Effort: Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods

·         Hazards: No environmental hazards indicated for this classification.


                        The regular workweek is Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with a thirty-minute lunch break.  Regular and timely attendance is expected.  This position will also require a flexible schedule to accommodate the needs of the County and will include regular evening hours, and occasional weekend and holiday hours.            

Special Conditions or Requirements:

  • Must be willing to submit to a criminal background and Motor Vehicles check.
  • Must consent to drug testing consistent with Louisa County’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License.
  • Must maintain a driving record consistent with insurance industry standards in order to drive a County vehicle. 
  • Successfully complete twelve (12) month probationary period
  • Must have regular and punctual attendance at work.


This information is of a general nature, and is not intended to be a comprehensive description of each and every duty. This position is also responsible for performing other duties as assigned.

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