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Staff Attorney, Little Rock Office



The Arkansas Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Inc. (ACLU-AR) seeks applicants for a full-time Staff Attorney to join its dedicated, collaborative, and racially diverse team in Little Rock. Since 1969, ACLU-AR has been a leading advocate for civil liberties in the Natural State. The Staff Attorney will help us protect and advance a broad range of civil liberties, including free speech, racial justice, voting rights, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, and more. 


Key Job Duties

  • Investigating, developing, and litigating impact civil liberties and civil rights cases at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts and administrative forums.
  • Responsibilities include identifying possible litigation and handling intake; conducting factual and legal research; evaluating legal theory and strategy; interviewing and counseling clients and witnesses; writing demand letters; drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs; conducting discovery; working with experts; presenting oral arguments; and negotiating settlements.
  • The staff attorney can expect to step into existing cases. They will work with the legal director to gradually develop their own docket of new cases and areas of expertise, aligned with the ACLU-AR’s strategic priorities.
  • Participating in the legal department's advocacy work and the organization’s broader integrated advocacy campaigns, including:
  • Serving as a subject-matter expert and advocating on priority issues.
  • Drafting and editing public education and non-litigation advocacy materials, in collaboration with the Policy and Communications Departments.
  • Providing technical and other support for legislative and policy work, including analyzing bills and occasionally drafting and delivering testimony.
  • Engaging with coalition partners, law and policy makers, community representatives, and colleagues from other ACLU offices working on similar issues.
  • Assisting in the development of more junior staff, including the direct supervision of interns.
  • Speaking publicly, including to the media, to convey ACLU-AR’s positions.



  • The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • A strong understanding of, and demonstrated commitment to, civil rights and civil liberties consistent with the mission and goals of the ACLU.
  • Experience litigating in federal or state courts. At least three years of litigation experience in complex civil cases is preferred, although not strictly required. Applicants with judicial clerkship or other experience in lieu of experience as a practicing attorney may be considered.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Arkansas or eligible for admission via reciprocity.
  • Excellent analytic, research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and litigate impact cases, including demonstrated ability to conduct thorough fact-finding and investigations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a variety of projects and to build strong relationships with lawyers, other staff members, and community organizers and coalitions.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal oversight.
  • Proven project and time-management skills, including a high level of organization, the ability to meet deadlines, and attention to detail.
  • Willingness to travel as needed for case development, conferences, and training.
  • Competency with standard computer programs such as Microsoft Office, Excel, and Adobe.
  • Ability to synthesize complex issues and communicate them effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Experience working with or representing vulnerable clients.
  • Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards.


Salary and Benefits

Starting salary is $85,000 to $100,000, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee and family (100% employer-paid premiums); life insurance (100% employer-paid premiums); short-term and long-term disability insurance (100% employer-paid premiums); 401k with employer match (up to 5.5% based on employee contribution); and generous paid time off and paid holidays. This position will be supervised by the Legal Director and will be based in Little Rock. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Application Process

Submit a detailed letter of interest, resume, brief writing sample, and contact information for three professional references. Applications should be emailed to [email protected], with a copy to [email protected]. Please include “Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Position is open until filled, with priority given to applications submitted by August 11, 2024.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

ACLU-AR is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our employees, their families, and members of our community against COVID-19. Our goal is to safeguard staff to the greatest extent possible as we continue to execute ACLU-AR’s mission. As such, we are requiring that all staff members be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless an employee requests and is approved for a reasonable accommodation.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

ACLU-AR is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse work force and an inclusive and equitable office culture of belonging. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or prior involvement in the criminal legal system.