Careers

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 live and breathe our core values:

  • Positive and Optimistic: We seek positive change, confident that the principles of individualism and liberty will prevail overtime.  We work in a spirit of goodwill.
  • Strategic: We create opportunities and plan each new case and initiative with our objectives in mind.
  • Collaborative: We work together within the organization and seek cooperation with others who share our goals.
  • Principled: We act consistently with our belief that individual liberty is the key to the pursuit of happiness and a thriving society.
  • Determined: We forge ahead knowing that energy and persistence are necessary to succeed.
  • Committed to Excellence: We strive to produce the highest caliber work in all we do.
  • Just: We treat everyone with respect and fairness.

If you’re passionate about one or more of the opportunities you see below, 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.

Outreach Director

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating the individual liberty—seeks an energetic Outreach Director to lead a new capability to build and cultivate relationships and coalitions that expand PLF and its mission to new audiences.

The Outreach capability is a key part of the organization’s strategic plan, which sets out to define the next generation public interest law firm. Reporting to Scott Barton, the Director of Communications and Outreach, the Outreach team will advance PLF’s brand, issue areas and casework by building strong networks of allies among the liberty movement as well as those who are affected by violations of individual rights. Activities of this capability will include:

  • Building awareness of PLF and deepening relationships among other liberty friendly organizations and non-traditional allies, through one-on-one relationships and tracking the efforts of other PLF staff.
  • Building coalitions to support and complement PLF’s key issues and cases through grassroots networking and events.
  • Promoting PLF attorneys and other staff for speaking events, inclusion in conferences, etc.

The Outreach Director is responsible for building and executing this new capability, along with a small team. To be the right candidate, you must be a natural at building relationships. You will need to be comfortable meeting new people and immediately forming productive partnerships. Because this is a new capability, the Outreach Director will need to have a mind for strategy, working closely with Scott and others at PLF. Once a strategy is set, you’ll need a high degree of entrepreneurship and initiative to launch new projects. Finally, you’ll hire and lead a small team, so personnel management experience is a must. Finally, you must possess an understanding of and appreciation for the importance of protecting individuals from unconstitutional government intrusion.

This position provides you an opportunity to play a key role on a team that will increase PLF’s national visibility and prominence. In return, we offer a competitive salary, health and dental benefits, and retirement plan. PLF has a collaborative 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.

A national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Bellevue, Washington. We prefer that you work from the DC Center in Arlington, Virginia, but outstanding candidates may choose any of those offices or work virtually from home.

TO APPLY:

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

  • Résumé.
  • Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position, PLF’s mission and your salary requirements.

Please include “Outreach Director–Your Name” in the subject line of your email. Materials should be emailed to Dawn Gonzales, Director of Human Resources: dgonzales@pacificlegal.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. No phone calls, please.

Summer 2018 Pacific Legal Foundation’s Liberty Clerkships

As Pacific Legal Foundation marches toward its 45th anniversary next year, we are redefining what it means to be a public interest law firm. Our attorneys identify and litigate important legal issues to set landmark precedent 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.

PLF attorneys continue to bring and win cases in the United States Supreme Court. Again this year, PLF will be arguing an important First Amendment case before the nation’s highest court. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win. Sound like the reason you went to law school? Then you ought to apply for our clerkship program.

We seek highly motivated, principled, and liberty-minded law students for paid, full-time summer clerkships, June through August 2018, in each of our offices: Sacramento, California; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Bellevue, Washington; and Washington, DC.

PLF’s law-clerk program encourages and requires active involvement in on-going litigation, provides an introduction into the field of public-interest law, and offers a unique opportunity to study the constitutional and philosophical framework of liberty. Our law clerks receive hands-on training, as they perform legal research and writing projects in PLF’s three litigation areas: Property Rights, Personal Liberties, and Procedural Guarantees. Clerks are paid $16/hour.

If you share a passion to use your skills to vindicate the principles of freedom and individual liberty, you should learn what it takes to be a PLF litigator.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references via email, fax, or mail. Please include “2018 Summer Law Clerks, PLF–[Your Name]” in the subject line. Send all materials to:

Pacific Legal Foundation
930 G Street
Sacramento, California 95814
phone: 916.419.7111
fax: 916.419.7747
email: attyjobs@pacificlegal.org

Applications are considered in the order received.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to policies to achieve equitable hiring, assignment, and promotion practices. The Foundation encourages applications from all individuals interested in working to promote the principles of free enterprise, private property, limited government, and freedom of the individual.

Foundation Relations Officer

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful pro-liberty public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating the rights fundamental to a free society—seeks an outstanding writer to join our fundraising team as a Foundation Relations Officer. Primary responsibilities include writing clear, compelling foundation grant proposals that secure significant financial support for PLF’s programs and initiatives.

The position requires superior writing and editing skills; a keen understanding of how to translate an organization’s mission and priorities into compelling funding projects; and a highly-organized, persistent, and disciplined self-starter.

The ideal candidate will have 3–10 years of professional fundraising experience, preferably including a proven track record of securing significant foundation grant support and effectively managing donor relationships. The successful candidate will possess an understanding of and appreciation for the importance of protecting individuals from unconstitutional government intrusion. Previous work at a pro-liberty organization and experience with Raiser’s Edge are a definite plus.

PLF is setting the stage for a strategic expansion and this position provides an opportunity for the successful candidate to play a key role on a team that will increase PLF’s national visibility and prominence. In return, we offer a competitive salary, health and dental benefits, and retirement plan. PLF has a collaborative and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in the future of our talent and encouraging 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.

A national non-profit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, VA; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Bellevue, Washington. The successful candidate may choose to be located in one of those offices or work virtually from home.

TO APPLY:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF with your name in the file title:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/the mission of the organization and your salary requirements
  • At least one writing sample

Please include “Foundation Relations Officer, PLF – Your Name” in the subject line of your email.

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: lauren@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. No phone calls, please.

Constitutional Litigators

As Pacific Legal Foundation marches toward its 45th anniversary next year, we are redefining what it means to be a public interest law firm.  This includes aggressively expanding our organizational footprint and seeking talented attorneys of all levels of experience to join our legal team.

If you share a passion to use your legal skills to vindicate the principles of freedom and individual liberty, you should be a part of PLF, no matter where you live. Our successful team of tenacious litigators is located across the United States, as well as in offices in Sacramento, California; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Bellevue, Washington; and Arlington, Virginia. The right candidates will have the ability to work in these existing locations or elsewhere—virtually or from a physical office.

Our attorneys identify and litigate important legal issues to set landmark precedent 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. Our attorneys have brought 11 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, winning nine—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win. Sound like the reason you became an attorney? Then you ought to apply.

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter. The resume should have the usual:  your experience in the liberty movement, your legal experience, as well as your academic credentials.  The cover letter should explain why PLF is the place for you,  why you want to fight for liberty, your interest in PLF’s issues and cases, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.

TO APPLY:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF with your name in the file title:

Résumé
Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position and your salary requirements. Please include “Constitutional Litigator–Your Name” in the subject line of your email. Materials should be emailed to: TElling@pacificlegal.org or faxed to 916-440-0338.

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. No phone calls, please.

These are all full-time, permanent positions. We offer a competitive salary, health and dental benefits, and retirement plan. PLF has a flexible, collaborative, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in the future of our talent, encouraging internal advancement, and celebrating accomplishment. To all lawyers principled, positive, and determined to succeed in establishing a rule of law under which we are secure in our inalienable rights to live responsibly and productively in pursuit of happiness—PLF is the place. Join us.

Pacific Legal Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and selects employees on the basis of qualifications.  It is the Foundation’s policy to fill every position without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws.