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Foundation for Government Accountability

Legal Affairs Fellow

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Disciplines: Government Affairs, Litigation, Policy
  • Location: Virtual
  • Application Deadline: March 25, 2021

Description

The Legal Affairs Fellow is responsible for leading and developing legal research to support FGA’s state and federal reforms. The Legal Affairs Fellow will delve into the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, federal and state statutes, and regulations to advance FGA’s legal and policy goals.

The ideal candidate is very organized with deep knowledge of the intersection between law and policy and a firm grasp of the Administrative Procedures Act. Crafting legal memos and related legal collateral for a wide variety of policy topics will be an important part of this role.

A strong candidate is a licensed attorney with experience as a clerk in federal or state courts and 3-5 years developing or reviewing policy in federal or state government. The fellow will report to FGA’s Legal Affairs Director.

Culture and Fit

Success at FGA depends not only on a person’s skills, but also on their ability to fit the culture of FGA. We describe our culture with five Core Values:

  • Candid to Solve—being willing to have tough conversations in order to solve issues or build trust.
  • Grow or Die—we don’t have a neutral gear; we must consistently challenge ourselves and each other to grow in our talents and skills.
  • Politically Savvy—policy doesn’t change in a vacuum, but in a political reality that we must understand and account for.
  • Partnership-Oriented—internal and external relationships are not transactional. That starts with our team members and the perspective that we need the rest of the team to succeed in order to win personally.
  • Bought in to Win—we’re at FGA because we want to change policy. No one is counting hours or widgets, we are here to get results, and sometimes that will require going the extra mile or doing a job that isn’t technically ours.

It might help to think about the following list of questions. If you answer “yes” to all of them and your skill sets match the requirements below, you may be a fit for the team. The vast majority of those who don’t get hired or don’t last at FGA are due to a lack of fit with these values. Be prepared to have very candid conversations about them in our interview process.

  • Do you wholeheartedly agree with the policies that we advocate (see org for a full description) and the underlying principles that people’s lives are made better through work, not government welfare, and that a free market creates greater freedom and equality than any command-and-control government system?
  • Do you agree that embracing the realities of politics is necessary to have success in changing public policy?
  • Do you tend to be the one who initiates conversations with colleagues, rather than waiting for them to come to you?
  • Are you comfortable creating your own structure for work, such as setting work hours, your own priorities, and creating clarity and a workplan from a broad goal?
  • Does it motivate you to think about working with a team of world-class professionals who are held to a very high standard of achieving results?
  • Do you seize opportunities to try new things or improve a skill that’s relevant to your company or role?
  • Are you able to build meaningful relationships (creating trust) with people you only see face to face a few times a year?
  • Do you tend to lead teams by creating clarity about goals and progress, rather than proscribing the steps they need to take?
  • Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and do you have a practice of getting help from others to mitigate your weaknesses?

Roles and Responsibilities

The Legal Affairs Fellow will have three primary roles: 1) produce legal research memoranda and assist in the production of legal collateral and content; 2) distill and develop legal arguments to support FGA’s reforms; and 3) assist in monitoring and responding to proposed federal legislation and regulations. These roles break down into several responsibilities. Some of the key responsibilities are:

Production of legal research, memoranda, legal collateral, and content

  • Produce redlines, develop legal justification memos, and policy briefs
  • Create and develop messaging, talking points, one-pagers, and slide decks on legal matters
  • Review and develop potential amicus curiae materials and collateral

Monitor and respond to federal action

  • Regularly monitor state & federal litigation that pertains to FGA priorities and flag opportunities for FGA to engage
  • Draft and submit public comment on behalf of FGA for key federal regulations
  • Review draft federal legislation to ensure legal accuracy and provide feedback to the relevant FGA staff

Organizational Legal Support

  • Provide support for the state bill review process, including reviewing the workflow and preparing legal reviews for the Legal Affairs Director
  • Provide legal analysis and technical assistance for Policy, Research, and Outreach teams related to state and federal policy questions

Requirements

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in related field
  • Jurist doctorate degree and bar license
  • Familiarity and experience with LexisNexis
  • A track record of demonstrating FGA’s Core Values (described above)
  • Ability to travel intermittently, average of three to five times per year
  • Detail-oriented self-starter and responsive, organized multi-tasker
  • Strong interview presence and presentation skills

Timing, Location, and Compensation

FGA is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Location is flexible. While FGA’s headquarters are in Naples, FL, nearly all of FGA’s staff work remotely. It is important to note that most of our staff currently live in the Central or Eastern time zones, therefore, candidates in another area may face more lengthy travel requirements. FGA offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a retirement program, a health benefit, and a generous paid leave plan.

This job can be virtual.

How to apply

All applicants must apply through this link.

Questions can be directed to Sarah Hubal, Internal Systems Director at FGA. Sarah can be reached at sarah@thefga.org

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