Deputy General Counsel

Center for Individual Rights

About the Center for Individual Rights:

The Center for Individual Rights (CIR) is a non-profit, 501c3 public interest law firm that litigates cases that raise important constitutional questions of first impression with a particular emphasis on civil rights and free speech.  Please visit to learn more about our work and mission.

About the Deputy General Counsel Opening:

CIR is seeking an experienced and proactive Deputy General Counsel to oversee litigation and new case development.

The Deputy General Counsel will report directly to the General Counsel and will work closely with the President. Additionally, the Deputy General Counsel will work with the Director of Public Affairs, other CIR and external attorneys, law professors, CIR’s clients and prospective clients.

The Duties for the Position Include But Are Not Limited To:

  • Advising the President, General Counsel and other senior leadership on effective litigation strategy and tailoring legal strategy to the organization’s mission and other activities
  • Overseeing the development of litigation strategy including legal research in selected cases in coordination with the President and General Counsel
  • Identifying, evaluating, and engaging potential plaintiffs, independently and in coordination with other senior leadership
  • Assume direct responsibility for litigating selected cases in coordination with the General Counsel
  • Performing all duties as Counsel of Record, including preparing and filing briefs, motions, supporting legal memoranda and other litigation-related documents
  • Overseeing discovery and trials before Federal district courts
  • Conducting appeals in close coordination with the General Counsel
  • Supervising legal research performed by CIR attorneys, summer clerks, and volunteer attorneys
  • Identifying and recruiting private sector volunteer attorneys to provide critical litigation assistance in CIR’s cases and work closely with them during litigation.
  • Ensuring compliance with all professional and ethical standards and requirements for staff relevant to engaging new clients and matters
  • Developing and coordinating media strategy of new litigation and CIR’s mission in conjunction with the Director of Public Relations and senior leadership
  • Representing CIR by means of public speaking and media appearances at conferences, and before media outlets nationwide
  • Authoring content for outside publications
  • Identifying opportunities for CIR’s participation as amicus curiae in constitutional litigation that furthers CIR’s mission
  • Overseeing the research, writing, and filing of amicus curiae briefs on CIR’s behalf

This position involves some travel (no more than 10%, possibly more during trials), and occasional night and weekend work, as required by litigation deadlines.

The expected start date for this position is flexible.


A successful candidate must demonstrate a knowledge and passion for CIR’s mission and an ability to articulate that passion in a way that will make others enthusiastic about our cause. A candidate must also be able to demonstrate:

  • At least 5 years of litigation experience
  • Deep familiarity with First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment law and civil litigation procedures
  • Extensive litigation experience; strategic civil liberties or civil rights litigation a plus;
  • Exceptional legal research and writing abilities
  • Ability to work productively with outside lawyers, clients and potential clients
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Previous experience supervising attorneys and paralegals
  • Ability to work in a team structure with CIR senior leadership, outside volunteer attorneys, clients, and news media personalities
  • An ability to forge consensus and work productively across disciplines and viewpoints

Candidates must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school and a member of the bar of at least one state. If not already a member of the District of Columbia bar, candidates must be willing to obtain licensure in the District of Columbia.

Salary and Compensation:

Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. CIR conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work. CIR also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid comprehensive health, dental, and disability insurance; matching retirement contributions to a 401(k) pension plan; and a generous paid time-off plan. CIR is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply :

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter detailing your strategic civil liberties/civil rights litigation experience, interest in CIR’s mission, and salary requirements
  • Resume
  • Writing sample

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Director of Talent Engagement at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

Job posted 5/5/22