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Staff Attorney

The Staff Attorney reports to the Legal Director and Senior Counsel to help facilitate all aspects of AHA’s legal activities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The following list of duties is not exhaustive. AHA may also outline additional responsibilities that are not included in this job description.

  • Screen legal inquiries, investigate reports, draft client correspondences, and work with the Legal Director to determine the best course of action

  • Participate in case selection and development, including conducting factual and legal research, evaluating legal theory and strategy, identifying and analyzing potential claims, determining possible plaintiffs and defendants, interviewing clients and potential witnesses, working with experts, preparing internal memoranda, and drafting demand letters and litigation‐related pleadings and briefs

  • Assist the Legal Director and Senior Counsel in selected litigation, including drafting pleadings, motions, briefs and correspondence; conducting discovery; taking and defending depositions; and pursuing attorney’s fee awards

  • Monitor litigation being handled by cooperating attorneys or pro bono counsel and provide supervision and/or assistance as needed

  • With the approval of the Legal Director, draft articles for the AHA website and other media regarding legal issues and cases, as requested or as necessary

  • Perform certain administrative and tactical functions related to the practice of law

  • Assist with amicus brief opportunities

  • Assist with the promotion and publicity of AHLC activities


  • J.D. from an accredited law school

  • Membership in good standing with the D.C. Bar or ability to waive into the D.C. Bar within a reasonable time

  • Willingness and ability to work beyond the normal workday, on weekends, and/or more than 40 hours a week as necessary

  • At least three years of litigation experience, preferably in federal courts

  • Meticulous attention to detail while multi-tasking

  • Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment

  • Ability to prioritize workload and meet tight deadlines

  • Strong communication skills as well as exceptional writing ability

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite

  • Proficient with Lexis Nexis

  • Proficient with Google Suite

  • Understanding of humanism and willingness to support the mission of the AHA

  • Commitment to creating and sustaining a positive, respectful and inclusive work environment

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to provide clear direction, set priorities, meet deadlines, and hold staff accountable to deadlines

  • on concurrent projects

  • Ability to provide meaningful and critical feedback on planning and execution of programs

  • Strong self‐motivation and capacity to handle numerous deadlines and work in a fast‐paced, stressful environment

  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work competently and effectively under pressure

  • Ability to think critically and solve complex problems

  • Ability to work independently and to take initiative

  • Ability to work effectively and professionally with clients, other counsel, volunteers, community members, and staff, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards and the values of the AHA


Work Environment:

This position predominantly operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, keyboards, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit at a desk for prolonged periods of time.

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to safely and successfully perform the essential functions of this job consistent with federal, state, and local standards, including meeting productivity standards.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act are eligible for this position as long as they can perform the essential functions of the job after reasonable accommodations are made to their known limitations. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible for this position.



Starting salary will be $60-65K. The AHA offers good benefits, including full health insurance, a generous leave program, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan that includes a partial match.


To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to:

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The American Humanist Association is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, age, national origin, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Legal Intern

The American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center accepts interns year-round. We are now considering applicants for the Summer of 2021.

The AHA’s legal arm, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, handles constitutional litigation and church-state separation cases, with clients ranging from parents and students to federal inmates. The legal intern is primarily responsible for researching and writing legal memoranda and assisting in litigation under the supervision of the legal center’s attorneys. The intern may also be assigned the task of investigating new complaints, maintaining case files and submitting public records requests.


Qualifications: Applicants must be organized, self-motivated, reliable, and demonstrate an understanding of humanism and interest in progressive issues. Interns are expected to work at the American Humanist Association National Office, located at 1821 Jefferson Place NW, Washington, DC 20036, though the option to work remotely can be considered.


Preference is given to second- and third-year law students who have completed course work in legal research and writing. This internship will be a 10-week, full-time position with hourly pay at DC minimum wage. Start and end dates are negotiable, but will begin as early as May 2021 and end as late as September 2021.

To Apply: Send a cover letter with your area(s) of interest and availability, current resume, at least two professional references, and 2-3 recent writing samples to

Applications due April 30, 2021.

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