| Advertised Summary Job Description: The newly established Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University will work to preserve and expand the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. The Knight First Amendment Institute works to preserve and expand the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. We aim to be a vibrant community, a generator of new ideas, a distinctive voice for these fundamental freedoms in public discourse, and an effective defender of these freedoms in the courts. Over time, we will tackle a wide range of issues including free speech on social media, net neutrality, government surveillance, intermediary liability, the rights of whistleblowers, the right of journalists to protect their sources, the right of citizens to record and broadcast police activity, encryption, machine speech, and government transparency.|
The Staff Attorney will help conceive of and develop the Institute's litigation docket, including by researching legal and factual questions, drafting research memos, working with clients and witnesses, drafting legal papers, and presenting oral argument. The Staff Attorney will also contribute to the Institute's strategic planning, speak on behalf of the Institute to professional and academic audiences, and represent the Institute in the media. The Staff Attorney will have experience litigating cases involving the freedoms of speech and the press, government transparency, and new technology. The Staff Attorney must also have the judgment, initiative, creativity, flexibility, and energy required to help launch a high-profile and multi-faceted initiative at one of the world's leading universities and to help ensure that the Institute operates efficiently and the highest level of professionalism.
1.Play a key role in conceiving and developing the Institute's litigation docket, including by supervising legal research projects; identifying cases and issues that warrant the Institute's attention; and working with other organizations and outside counsel to evaluate and develop new litigation.
2.File and litigate cases, including by conducting legal research and analysis; drafting legal pleadings; interviewing potential clients, witnesses, and experts; participating in discovery and trial practice; and briefing and arguing cases in state and federal courts.
3.Support the Institute's research and public-education projects, including by drafting white papers, op-eds, and blog posts; representing the Institute in the media, as needed; and conceiving of and implementing public programs.
4.Travel as required for litigation, conferences, and client development.
General Minimum Qualifications: The Staff Attorney must have a J.D., be admitted to the New York bar (or be in a position to gain admission to the New York bar quickly), and have at least three to seven years of relevant experience as a lawyer, including experience in cases involving the freedoms of speech and the press, government transparency, and new technology.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, both oral and written; excellent analytical skills; and a demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have experience dealing with the media; to candidates who have experience presenting oral argument; and to candidates who have relationships with organizations that the Institute is likely to partner with.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.