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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.

PLF’s Liberty Clerkships – Summer 2021

As Pacific Legal Foundation marches toward its 50th anniversary, 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, including Cedar Point Nursery et al. v. Hassid this term. 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 2021, in three of our offices: Sacramento, California; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Washington, DC.

PLF’s law clerk program involves 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 five litigation areas: property rights, free speech, equality before the law, economic liberty, and separation of powers. 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.

Applications are considered in the order received.

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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.

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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 12 victories out of 14 cases heard by the Court, with a 15th just accepted to be heard by the Court this spring. 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

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 12 victories out of 14 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:

We are accepting interns through the Charles Koch Institute’s Koch Internship Program. If you think you might be a good fit, submit an application through the online portal. The application, deadlines, program requirements, and more information are available here.

 

Apply with the Koch Internship Program

Legal Policy Coordinator

You: A government affairs professional seeking to use the levers of government to promote liberty and dismantle policies that trample individual rights and freedoms. You will work with PLF’s top-notch experts, litigators, legal policy staff, and others inside and out of PLF to find opportunities for reform.

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, some legislators and other policymakers want guidance and help to make positive change. And 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 12 victories out of 14 cases heard by the Court. We also 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’ll work with PLF’s legal policy team to expand upon PLF’s legislative and administrative reform successes. You’ll also work with the litigation, research, and communications teams to help develop and execute strategies to secure reforms that expand individual liberty. The Legal Policy Coordinator will need a high degree of entrepreneurship and initiative to execute new projects that are part of the legal policy strategic plan.

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

  • Analyzing and tracking legislation of interest and helping to identify opportunities to improve, promote, or oppose legislation in order to further liberty and protect constitutional rights
  • Researching political landscapes to help inform policy campaign decisions
  • Tracking and recording PLF’s legal policy efforts
  • Developing and strengthening relationships with policymakers and policy influencers to promote PLF’s policy priorities
  • Traveling to target states, especially during their legislative sessions
  • Assisting in the execution of all other aspects of PLF’s legislative and administrative strategy, including:
    • Communicating accurately and effectively with lawmakers, executive officials, and their staff on complex policy and legal issues
    • Preparing and delivering legislative testimony and agency rule-making comments, and facilitating the same by others at PLF
    • Writing persuasively on a variety of policy issues for op-eds, blogs, social media, and other venues
    • Attending conferences and working group meetings to gather information, represent PLF and its interests, and further other PLF’s goals
    • Working effectively with affinity partners, including preparing talking points and other written material and leading discussions in working group settings
    • Working with the PLF legal team and others to draft legislation, rule-making comments, and administrative orders on priority issues and promote them effectively

This role is ideal for someone with one to three years of experience in a legislative or administrative office, or government. We’ll be looking for a track record of navigating political processes, outstanding interpersonal communication skills, and 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; Seattle, WA, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, though approximately half of the staff work from home across the country. This position works 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, 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 of your choice

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.

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Events Manager

You: An experienced, creative, and entrepreneurial event organizer. You’re passionate about PLF’s mission and values, and eager to put your project management skills to work developing unique programming that defines our next generation public interest law firm. You’re not content with maintaining the status quo and have big ideas about how to engage our audiences with both in-person and virtual programming.

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 12 victories out of 14 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:

You’ll be designing creative experiences that increase the impact of PLF’s work and, in collaboration with the Outreach Director, overseeing a comprehensive events strategy that advances PLF’s legal, public education, and legislative goals. This includes both in-person and virtual programming ranging from hour long webinars to multi-day conferences and seminars.

You’ll work across the company 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 we’re in “the room where it happens.” whether that’s a room you or someone else creates.

You’ll also be responsible for handling all program related logistics, managing event budgets, and evaluating event success, measured by progress towards organizational goals.

In practice, your specific job duties will likely include:

  • Creating and designing events that PLF hosts
  • Coordinating attendance and activity for events and conferences hosted by other organizations
  • Providing on-site support for in-person events as needed
  • Designing and writing for events, including emails, webpages, and conference materials.
  • Measuring the success of events and conferences for strategic recommendations and decision-making

This role is ideal for someone with at least 3 years of experience in program development, events strategy, and/or project management. Some knowledge of legal issues and contemporary policy discussions isn’t required, though it’s certainly a plus. But ability to work under tight deadlines, juggle multiple stakeholders, and maintain impeccable attention to detail are all a must. This role the role requires 25-30% travel during normal circumstances

 

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 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:

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 for this position
Apply
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