The American Association for Justice (AAJ®) is seeking a Federal Relations Counsel (non-entry level) for its Public Affairs department. AAJ works to preserve the constitutional right to trial by jury and to make sure people have a fair chance to seek justice when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others—even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations.
The Federal Relations Counsel is an advocate before Congress as well as the Executive Branch for maintaining individual’s access to the courts. This position develops and implements legislative and regulatory strategy related to civil justice. Must be able to conduct the necessary research and writing to support assigned issue areas.
Essential Functions: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties include:
• Focus on the issues affecting individuals’ access to justice which includes:
o Develop and implement legislative and regulatory strategies independently. o Maintain regular communication with the policy makers. o Build coalitions with allied groups on shared policy goals. o Advise and assist communications staff on press issues. o Draft advocacy material, such as one-pagers and fact sheets, and testimony to promote policy goals. o Draft regulatory comments and letters in response to rulemakings. o Conduct the necessary research to support the writing of advocacy materials.
• Heavy focus on research, policy writing and drafting all the following: legislative materials, advocacy materials, regulatory comments, policy/issue white papers and background memos.
• Brief members of Congress and staff and prepare and provide information to Hill, particularly focusing on the needs of Committees of jurisdiction.
• Analyze and assess legislation to evaluate civil justice implications for our members, including conducting legal research on legislative proposals.
• Monitor the daily progress of legislation effecting access to the courts.
• Assist regulatory counsel as needed on regulatory advocacy, including analyzing impact of proposed regulations on AAJ membership, drafting regulatory comments and letters, conducting legal research on proposed regulations.
• Assist with other special projects as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: • JD and 5 years’ experience in advocacy or policy including some legal research, analysis and writing. • Strong experience with Congress, legislative process, and regulatory process and commitment to civil justice. • Prior experience working on Capitol Hill is preferred. • Ability to drive issue area portfolio independently. • Excellent writing and communication skills, plus the ability to work independently and in teams. • A clear understanding of AAJ issues and the ability to advocate for them to others.
*Due to COVID-19 this position will temporarily work remotely.
AAJ offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. AAJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls please.
The American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), provides trial attorneys with information, professional support and a nationwide network that enables them to most effectively and expertly represent clients. The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.