Senior Counsel, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) Georgetown Law
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Senior Counsel, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) - Georgetown Law
The mission of Georgetown Law's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) is to use the power of the courts to defend American constitutional rights and values. The Institute draws on expert litigators, savvy litigation strategy, and the constitutional scholarship of Georgetown to vindicate individuals' rights and protect America's constitutional way of life.
At the heart of the Institute is its high-impact strategic litigation. ICAP develops and brings lawsuits in federal and state courts, often in partnership with community organizations, other legal non-profits, and local governments, and it supports others' litigation efforts through targeted amicus briefs. ICAP attorneys also participate in critical constitutional dialogue occurring outside the courts, including through speaking and writing about the Constitution and engaging with government officials to build knowledge and awareness of important and timely constitutional principles. Finally, ICAP plays a key role within Georgetown Law by involving law students in its work through a practicum seminar offered each semester.
ICAP's Senior Counsel drives results in complex, fast-moving, high-impact litigation to defend key constitutional rights and values, as well as related legal rights by employing diverse litigation experience as well as exceptional legal abilities. Responsibilities include (1) conceptualizing and effectuating high-impact litigation in defense of constitutional rights and values, and (2) ensuring that Georgetown Law students are meaningfully and materially integrated into those litigation efforts. The Senior Counsel is essential to fulfilling ICAP's mission of harnessing the talent and expertise of Georgetown Law's faculty and students in designing and effectuating strategically selected, complex constitutional litigation on cutting-edge issues and exposing the law school community, including students in the ICAP practicum, to such work in meaningful ways.
Reporting to ICAP's Executive Director and Managing Director, the Senior Counsel has duties that include but are not limited to:
Identifying opportunities for high-impact ICAP litigation
Engaging in factual development for potential cases, including interacting with clients and witnesses, traveling to gather on-the-ground facts, and acquiring and analyzing data
Conceptualizing litigation strategies for pursuing ICAP litigation
Drafting briefing materials
Revising, editing, and providing feedback on briefing materials and ensuring that improvements are made effectively
Presenting briefing materials to ICAP's Executive Director and Managing Director
Mooting of oral advocates preparing to present cases and oral argument in connection with ICAP litigation
Preparing for and engaging in the presentation of evidence and oral argument at the trial and appellate court levels
Serving as deputy in practicum seminar involving students in ICAP litigation
Providing mentorship, feedback, and guidance to practicum students
Refining legal writing generated by the practicum and incorporating it into briefing associated with ICAP litigation
Assisting in the design of academic program offerings
Overseeing and providing feedback on legal research to determine appropriate ICAP involvement in constitutional litigation likely to have an impact at a programmatic or policy level
Overseeing and providing feedback on legal research to inform ICAP participation in constitutional impact litigation, including in support of written briefing materials and oral argument
Bachelor's degree and J.D.
5 to 7 years of related experience
Experience as a federal court clerk, ideally to include at the district court level
6 to 10 years of experience in legal work after law school (including clerkship time)
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