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Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney – Western Regional Office (Los Angeles)

Lambda Legal seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney to engage in cutting-edge impact litigation, public policy advocacy, and education furthering Lambda Legal’s mission.  This position will be based in the Western Regional Office, in Los Angeles.


Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.  Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.


Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBT people and those living with HIV, such as federal and state constitutional law issues; relationship protections, including the freedom to marry; child custody, visitation, assisted reproduction, adoption, and foster care; sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, identity documents, the criminal justice system, and other areas; asylum and immigration policy; harassment and violence; and anti-LGBT ballot initiatives.  Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, University of Alabama v. Garrett, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v.  North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, and Brandon v. County of Richardson.  For more information about Lambda Legal, visit


Responsibilities:  The Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney will help serve the eleven states in the Western Region (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai`i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) and increase Lambda Legal’s presence as a force for civil rights there.  The attorney will handle all aspects of litigation in precedent-setting cases, as well as engage in education efforts and policy advocacy.  Litigation responsibilities include devising litigation strategies to produce the greatest positive impact most efficiently, conducting each stage of litigation in trial and appellate courts, writing amicus briefs, organizing amicus strategies, supervising Lambda Legal cooperating attorneys, assisting with the screening of requests for legal assistance, and investigating and developing potential new matters.  In addition, attorneys on staff often consult with private lawyers who are handling matters related to Lambda Legal’s areas of expertise, advocate with government agencies and officials, and advise policy makers.  The attorney will engage in public speaking, write for a variety of audiences, and help implement education strategies to advance public knowledge and change dialogue about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and HIV-related legal issues.  The education work involves frequent interviews with print, radio, television, and web reporters.  Some travel is required.


Qualifications: Applicants should have a minimum of five years experience as a practicing attorney, including litigation experience that prepares the applicant to handle law reform litigation.  Senior Staff Attorney applicants are expected to possess experience sufficient to allow them to work with substantial independence in furtherance of Lambda Legal’s mission, require little direct supervision, and may have supervisory responsibility and other significant Legal Department responsibilities in addition to handling an individual docket.


All applicants should have a high level of independence and initiative, excellent speaking and writing skills, the ability to produce the highest caliber legal work, creativity, good judgment, and a willingness to work with others toward the most effective strategies and initiatives to advance civil rights.  In addition, the successful candidate will have the ability to talk and write about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.


Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal.  Prior work on behalf of the LGBT community and/or people living with HIV is highly desirable, as is fluency in Spanish and/or other languages in addition to English.


Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of Lambda Legal scale.  Excellent employer-paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and generous employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.


Application: The position is open until filled.  Interviews may start as early as July 22.  Send resume, brief writing sample (preferably including discussion of a constitutional, discrimination, federal courts or other complex issue), and a letter or email explaining your interest in the position and how you learned of the job opening to:


Jamie Farnsworth

Lambda Legal

3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1300

Los Angeles, CA  90010


Include the words “Senior Staff Attorney/Staff Attorney position” on the first line of the address of the envelope or the subject line of the email transmitting your application materials.


No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal will not accept phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

Lambda Legal is an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, women, transgender people, and people with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.


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