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Pacific Legal Foundation is only as good as the talent we employ. Knowing this, our hiring philosophy is simple: we seek to hire the best talent available.

We’re constantly and aggressively on the lookout for employees who embody our core values:

We are freedom fighters.

We are freedom fighters.

Liberty is our obsession—we live and breathe it. When it’s threatened, we act decisively to protect it.

We are relentless.

We are relentless.

Our pioneering spirit spurs us to take big, bold swings. We never rest on past success. Our eyes are aimed squarely on the future.

We elevate others.

We elevate others.

We trust and invest in our clients, allies, and each other. We believe that—together—we can change the world.

We are confident.

We are confident.

We know liberty will win.

If you’re passionate about one or more of our job opportunities, and you’re enthusiastic about working alongside colleagues who share these values, then we encourage you to apply to be a part of the PLF team.

Constitutional Law Fellow

Pacific Legal Foundation Fellowships

You: A law-school graduate, a confident and entrepreneurial freedom fighter with a passion for battling onerous government. You’re looking for an opportunity to work with the best liberty lawyers in the nation, immerse yourself in the nuts-and-bolts of public-interest law, and study the legal and philosophical principles of the liberty movement.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Court—so far. We have more than a hundred active cases across the nation, and a growing number of legislative and administrative policy wins.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

 

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

You will be a “PLF Fellow,” a one-year position for law-school graduates. You will be added to litigation teams in on-going cases, receive hands-on legal-research and legal-writing training, and study the Classical Liberal principles that guide our work. You will also be encouraged and expected to take on additional challenges, including case development and communications efforts.

You will work on teams with junior and senior attorneys, adding your skills and perspective in order to elevate our team’s ability to win important victories for liberty. You will have the latitude to think big and the resources to execute. You will be at the forefront of shaping the law for all Americans.

In a nutshell, we’re seeking a young lawyer who’s passionate about individual liberty, property rights, and administrative law, someone who is confident and magnanimous, and someone who is a bold and relentless freedom fighter.

 

Getting down to brass tacks, your specific job duties will likely include:

  • Helping us win public-interest cases! Immersing yourself in the details of assigned cases, working closely with PLF’s litigators, and finding creative ways to promote liberty.
  • Advocating for individual liberty, property rights, and the separation of powers both philosophically and practically. Speaking with organizations, trade groups, academia, and media to advance PLF’s strategic environmental law goals.
  • Writing persuasive pieces for both scholarly and lay audiences. Drafting op-eds, journal articles, and blog posts.
  • Working with other attorneys as you battle and set the agenda for PLF’s public-interest practice.

This role is ideal for someone who is passionate about liberty and wants to get a crash-course in public-interest law and one with:

  • a demonstrated interest in property rights, environmental law, and separation of powers;
  • outstanding interpersonal communications skills; and
  • a knowledge of and passion for the ideas of freedom and individual liberty.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, though approximately half of the staff work from home across the country.

This is a one-year, full-time position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a competitive compensation package. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us.

 

TO APPLY:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

  • Your resume, including your experience in the liberty movement and relevant professional experience.
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.
  • A writing sample.
Apply

Strategic Research Intern

You: An inquisitive, creative, and self-motivated college junior, senior, graduate student, or recent graduate who knows the principles of liberty and seeks to advance them. You have strong written and oral communication skills, strong data skills, and enjoy problem solving. Your degree is in social science or another discipline with strong emphasis in data analysis training.

Them:  Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases heard by the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

 

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

The Strategic Research Intern will work closely with the Strategic Research and Legal Policy Department. Our research team produces high-quality social science research to support PLF’s mission-driven goals. We coordinate with our litigation, legal policy, and communications teams.

 

This internship provides an opportunity for a wide variety of experiences, including:

  • Communicating with public officials to obtain public records.
  • Data collection, organization, and analysis using Microsoft Excel or STATA.
  • Conducting literature reviews on such topics as regulatory reform, housing supply, property rights, and coastal land rights.
  • Developing internal data and literature memos for a litigation, communications, or legal policy campaigns.
  • Write blogs or op-eds on topics relevant to PLF’s work.

General Information:                            

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; Seattle, WA, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, though approximately half of the staff work from home across the country. You can work physically in our Arlington office or request to work virtually.

 

TO APPLY:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

Your resume.

A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.

A writing sample.

Apply

Strategic Research Deputy Director

You: A curious and skilled social scientist seeking to leverage data to promote freedom and dismantle policies that trample individual liberties. You are determined to conduct open and transparent research with an eye toward strong methodological foundations. You love to tell stories and your communication style flexes for your audience. You will be the critical connection between PLF and research coming out of academia and think tanks.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources and imperfect data. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases heard by the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation. And that litigation firepower is backed up by a cutting-edge strategic research capacity that provides targeted research and data analysis for litigation, legislative campaigns, and administrative reform efforts.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. This means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

You will work with the Strategic Research Director to develop strategic plans and execute relevant research reports and other projects. You will identify and work on instrumental research that changes how the public thinks about key PLF issue areas. You will work with PLF attorneys and PLF initiative leaders, legal policy staff, the Center for the Separation of Powers, the communications team, and the strategic research team. You will manage the research process for internal projects including timeline, budget, outside contractors, and release. You will elevate the research staff to reach their fullest potential.

You will work with external partners to accelerate research on topics we care about. You will manage relationships and help move external projects forward, drafting calls for papers and contracts, determining who should be in the room, and helping develop ideas for others to execute. You will publish research, attend conferences, appear on radio and television, and publish op-eds. Your determination will lead to recognition as a nationwide expert on key PLF issue areas.

In a nutshell, we’re seeking a research deputy director who’s passionate about liberty, someone who is confident and relentless.

Getting down to brass tacks, your specific job duties will likely include:

  • Lead the strategic research for one of PLF’s key areas, with the expectation that you already are or will relatively soon become a nationally-recognized expert in the field.
  • Publish high impact research. Identify and develop open and transparent research projects that impact PLF’s key issue areas.
  • Increase our research capacity through partnerships by hosting events that encourage research in directions we care about, developing working papers series, and commissioning reports.
  • In addition to your primary area of expertise, become an expert on other key PLF issues in order to write and speak about them on behalf of the organization
  • Foster a strategic research team culture that inspires the team to succeed. Trusting your team, you understand how to coach individuals to find their own solutions or to problem-solve as a group.

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • At least 7 years of publishing original social science research
  • At least 2 years of helping to develop and execute a research strategy, preferably with both project and personnel management experience
  • Strong foundation in empirical methodology including a proficiency with a research software or a strong background in systematic legal research
  • An expertise in housing, equality before the law, or public administration/regulatory bureaucracy
  • Passion for PLF’s mission
  • Willingness to travel approximately 10-15%

General Information

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, though approximately half of the staff work from home across the country. You can work physically in any of our offices or request to work virtually.

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us.

To Apply:

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

  • Your resume, including your experience in the liberty movement and relevant professional experience
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants
  • Two writing samples: 1) research report and 2) something written for a public audience.

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via the button below.

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Network Engagement Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: katy@talentmarket.org.

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. 

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Legal Policy & Center for the Separation of Powers Intern

You: An inquisitive, creative, and self-motivated college junior, senior, or recent graduate who knows the principles of liberty and seeks to advance them. You have strong written and oral communication skills and enjoy problem solving.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases heard by the Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

 

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

The Legal Policy & Center for the Separation of Powers Intern will work with PLF’s Legal Policy Department and Center for the Separation of Powers (CSP). Our legal policy team helps develop and execute strategies to secure state and federal legislative and executive reforms to expand individual liberty, and CSP seeks to end the unconstitutional regulatory state through academic engagement, public education, and strategic litigation. This internship provides an opportunity for a wide variety of experiences, including:

  • Reading and summarizing important legislation.
  • Developing briefing materials for use in meetings with executive and legislative branch officials.
  • Conducting policy research for reform efforts at the state or federal level.
  • Conducting other research for op-eds, podcasts, videos, and other projects to educate the public about the separation of powers.

 

General Information:                              

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; Seattle, WA, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, though approximately half of the staff work from home across the country. The Legal Policy Department and Center for the Separation of Powers both operate out of the Arlington, VA office.

 

To Apply:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF at the link below.

Your resume.

A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.

A writing sample.

Apply

Coalitions Manager

You: An experienced, creative, and entrepreneurial individual with strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills. A dedicated freedom fighter, you’re passionate about PLF’s mission and values, and eager to put your management and communications skills to work developing partnerships that define our next generation public interest law firm. You have a proven track record of turning opportunities into partnerships and products but, most importantly, you’re not content to rest on past success and eager to challenge the status quo.

We’re not just looking for a gladhander. While you have strong interpersonal skills, you also possess a keen strategic mindset and are able to weigh PLF goals with those of our audience and partners, in order to build strong, mutually beneficial partnerships.

Them: Bureaucrats, city councils, mayors, governors, and federal agencies stripping Americans of their rights every day. There’s a lot of government overreach out there, and it’s backed by seemingly endless resources. But fortunately, like all lumbering giants, abusive government is most vulnerable when countered by individuals who act strategically and nimbly, take calculated risks, have each other’s backs, work together to achieve, and are confident in and passionate for the cause—the very sort of swashbucklers we employ in spades here at PLF.

Us: We fight back. Pacific Legal Foundation is the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty. PLF has an unmatched record in the United States Supreme Court, with 14 victories out of 16 cases litigated at the Supreme Court. We also have more than a hundred active cases across the nation.

We are a next-generation public interest law firm. What does “next generation” mean for a legal nonprofit? It means we aren’t interested in doing the same thing as everyone else. We aspire to be the best player in a constantly changing game.

 

Here’s what you get to do in this role:

When we say “manager,” we mean it! In this role, you’ll be responsible for leading coalitions from soup to nuts: creating, maintaining, and leveraging groups of stakeholders who can support PLF’s litigation and legislative campaigns. In addition to maintaining strong relationships with ideological allies at the federal, state, and local level, you’ll be leading the charge to expand our relationships with industry, academic, and grassroots organizations.

You’ll work across the organization to identify and capitalize on opportunities for PLF to advance the national conversation on our areas of expertise. In essence, you’re responsible for making sure that PLF is seen as a partner of choice, disseminating our ideas, and raising our organizational profile among key audiences.

You’ll be responsible for maintaining accurate, up-to-date information on outreach contacts, and work with the Outreach Director to make data-driven updates to our partnerships strategy.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has brick-and-mortar offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, though approximately half of the staff works from home across the country. The ability to work from the Arlington, VA, office is a plus for this role, though outstanding candidates will be considered for work from any office, or full-time remote placement.

In practice, your specific job duties will likely include:

  • Creating and supporting coalitions of individuals and organizations in support of PLF cases and initiatives, including building original outreach lists and engagement strategies
  • Taking the front seat in new outreach campaigns, leading from strategy to execution
  • Identifying and pitching opportunities for collaboration to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Maintaining accurate, up-to-date information on outreach contacts and partnerships, and working with the Outreach Director to make data-driven updates to our strategy
  • Working with PLF attorneys and department leads to identify and leverage existing networks of support
  • Representing PLF at meetings, events, and conferences with partners and allied organizations

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • At least five years of experience in outreach, external affairs, public relations, or similar
  • Demonstrated interest in current cultural and policy conversations
  • Keen strategic mind capable of identifying, pitching, and managing opportunities for partnership
  • Passion for working with people of all ideological backgrounds, from every walk of life
  • Positive & proactive solutions-oriented mindset
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Knowledge of legal issues isn’t required, though it’s certainly a plus
  • Ability to travel approximately 20%

 

General Information

Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion.

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power. Join us.

 

To Apply:

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

  • Your resume, including your experience in the liberty movement and relevant professional experience
  • A cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Network Engagement Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: katy@talentmarket.org.

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. 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.

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