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