The American Association for Justice (AAJ®) is seeking a Federal Relations Counsel 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 works on complex legislative and regulatory projects and directly advocates civil justice issues, with an emphasis on technology, privacy, and regulatory policy. Job duties include: • Focus on the issues affecting individuals’ access to justice which includes: o Maintain regular communication with the policy makers. 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 Work with allied groups on shared policy goals. o Advise and assist Communications staff on press issues. • Brief members of Congress and their staff by preparing and providing advocacy materials to the Hill, particularly focusing on the needs of Committees of jurisdiction. • Advocacy materials include all of the following: legislative drafting, one-pagers, white papers, and background memos. • Analyze and assess legislation to evaluate civil justice implications for our members, including explaining complex proposals to AAJ members and collecting information from members for use in advocacy materials and regulatory comments. • Monitor the daily progress of legislation in assigned issue areas. • Assist Regulatory Director as needed on regulatory advocacy, including weekly monitoring of proposed regulations to analyze its impact on AAJ membership, drafting regulatory comments and letters, and conducting legal research on proposed regulations. • Attend political action events and fundraisers and other events as assigned.
Requirements: • J.D. degree required. • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in legal research, analysis and writing. • Familiarity with Congress, and the legislative and regulatory process. • Excellent writing and communication skills, plus the ability to work independently and in teams. • A clear understanding of AAJ’s mission, a commitment to the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury and civil justice.
*Due to COVID-19 this position will temporarily work remotely. *The American Association for Justice (AAJ) requires all employees to show proof of vaccination. AAJ will allow for exceptions to COVID-19 vaccination based on a medical exemption, disability accommodation, or religious objection; pregnant individuals may also request a deferral if they wish for the duration of the pregnancy. Unvaccinated staff with approved exemptions or accommodations will be required to comply with weekly testing and to follow CDC guidelines for unvaccinated individuals, which may include wearing a mask at all times. AAJ offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. AAJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls please! Click here to apply! https://www.justice.org/about-us/aaj-careers