Senior Director, National Litigation

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Democracy Initiatives - Litigation
Regular Full-Time


POSITION TITLE: Senior Director, National Litigation 

REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Democracy Initiatives 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: No direct reports but will supervise/provide work direction to internal (staff) and external attorneys working on litigation.  

LOCATION: Anywhere ADL has an office (CSC)

Grade/Class: Grade J, Exempt, PSA-Eligible 




ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all. 




The Senior Director, National Litigation will be responsible for developing and overseeing a litigation program for ADL, significantly augmenting the advocacy tools we already have in place for countering antisemitism, fighting domestic extremism and combating online hate. The Senior Director will be responsible for building and implementing a strategic plan for litigation at ADL and for the marshaling and oversight of the necessary resources, including lawyers. Those legal resources will include staff lawyers with litigation experience, law firms willing to donate pro bono time, and volunteer ADL leaders across the country who are attorneys. The Senior Director will be able to draw upon ADL’s experts on antisemitism, extremism, and online hate research; our in-house government relations and advocacy department; an existing civil rights policy team of experienced counsel; and 25 ADL offices across the U.S., with their own contacts. The expectation is that ADL litigation will largely be handled by pro bono firms and state agencies (e.g., State Attorney General offices) with whom we will partner, where the Senior Director or other ADL lawyers serve as active co-counsel. We also frequently partner with public interest civil rights and democracy protection organizations. The hope as we move forward with a new program is to find a small but impactful number of cases and to litigate them with, and through, our legal partners. 


ADL is currently co-counsel representing the District of Columbia in a federal civil rights lawsuit, seeking to hold two extremist groups and their adherents accountable for their role in the January 6, 2021 attack on our democracy. Among other things, we are seeking to build upon our role and experience with this case to support other municipalities (and/or individual victims) in bringing similar lawsuits against extremists and those who facilitate their acts of violence.  


ADL has also taken a leading role in developing and passing state laws against cyber-hate and harassment, including against doxing and cyber swatting, and we are interested in seeing whether any of these new civil laws can be used to bring cases against those who engage in unlawful identity-based acts of online hate. We are also interested in exploring cases that might be successful in holding social media companies accountable for their role in amplifying extremism and hate online. 


Finally, ADL is looking to develop opportunities for litigation and/or other legal responses to the surge in antisemitic incidents, where appropriate. 



  • Develop and run a strategic litigation program best suited to ADL and the furtherance of its priorities, creating and executing upon a plan to yield a near-term docket and a longer-term litigation program and pipeline for cases.
  • Leverage ADL’s assets (reputation, regional offices, volunteer lawyer lay leaders across the country, deep subject matter expertise, law firms eager for pro bono work, etc.) to develop and execute the ADL litigation program.
  • Further develop and nurture ADL’s existing network of volunteer leaders and law firms that can provide pro bono representation as co-counsel with us.
  • Develop criteria and a process for choosing litigation.
  • Play a key role in promoting ADL’s ability to litigate to key stakeholders, including but not limited to promoting ADL as the “go-to” organization for municipalities that experience a violent extremist event.
  • Work across the organization to leverage ADL’s communications, field (regional) offices, education, law enforcement, market reform and legislative teams to amplify the goals of the litigation.
  • Provide strategic litigation advice and guidance to senior leadership, ADL’s civil rights and policy staff, and ADL’s regional offices across the United States, particularly on issues related to antisemitism, online hate and domestic extremism.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations about ADL litigation on antisemitism, extremism, online hate and harassment and threats to democracy to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Respond, as appropriate, to legal inquiries from internal and external sources, including other ADL staff, volunteer leaders, constituents, coalition partners, and government officials.



  • Cultivate relationships with other key public interest litigation organizations, seeking opportunities to partner in cases, and represent ADL at coalition meetings.
  • Work with ADL’s Communications & Digital Department to create and review relevant materials and social media posts to promote our cases and litigation ability.
  • Assist in preparation of grant applications and grant reports for foundations and other funders.



  • Highly effective interpersonal, communications, and public speaking skills.
  • Highly collaborative--actively seeks the ideas, feedback, and participation of colleagues and can lead a matrixed team across different ADL departments and teams.
  • Can thrive and lead in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to create and implement a strategic plan for impact litigation to further ADL’s mission and priorities.


Work Experience:  

  • Substantial and demonstrable experience creating/managing/driving litigation/litigation programs relevant to the type of program ADL seeks to create.
  • Entrepreneurial leader with experience developing and implementing a successful strategy for impact litigation.
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in a relevant field of public interest law, such as civil rights, preferred.
  • Successful development of, or a leadership position in, a litigation shop -- such as leading a law firm’s pro bono practice or building a litigation unit or practice in a civil rights or similar nonprofit, preferred.



  • J.D. degree required. 


Work Environment:  

  • ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically): ADL is adhering to public health guidance regarding COVID-19. ADL will require that all employees are vaccinated with exceptions for medical and religious accommodations. ADL is requiring proof of vaccination. ADL is a hybrid environment; this role may require 3 days in the office.


  • This position has a salary range of $165,000 to $200,000. This salary range is reflective of a position based in New York, New York. Please note that actual salaries are commensurate with experience and reflect the budget for a given position, and since ADL has a location-based compensation structure, there may be a different range for candidates in other locations. For an overview of our total rewards package, please visit

If you are interested in being considered for this role, please submit your cover letter and resume.


ADL values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of underrepresented ethnic groups, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. ADL is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws.     


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ADL will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable State, Local, and Federal laws. 


The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job, nor is it to be interpreted as a contract for employment. 




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