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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.

Property Rights Attorney

You: An entrepreneurial freedom fighter with a passion for, and 7+ years’ experience in, property rights litigation. You find and win cutting edge property rights cases across the country. You are a national spokesperson for property rights—you speak at conferences, engage the media, and publish scholarship on property rights. You are a leader who will elevate PLF’s junior attorneys to be the best property rights litigators in the nation. You have a demonstrated dedication to public interest law and property rights throughout your career.

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 will be a leader in PLF’s Property Rights Practice Group. From Nollan to Koontz to Knick, PLF’s property rights litigation is unparalleled. (If you can’t describe these three cases without checking your notes, do not apply!) You will find and win the next important Supreme Court property rights case. Your ideas will help shape PLF strategy by identifying and litigating emerging property rights theories. And you will be recognized as a nationwide leader on property rights: giving speeches, attending conferences, appearing on radio and television, and publishing op-eds and scholarly articles on property rights.

You will also be a key contributor to PLF’s property rights practice group. You will work on teams with junior and senior attorneys providing your expertise and knowledge and elevating the talent and skill of our attorneys. You will have the latitude to think big and the resources to execute. You will be at the forefront of shaping the property rights for all Americans.

In a nutshell, we’re seeking someone who’s passionate about liberty and property rights, 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:

  • Winning property rights cases! Finding, developing, and litigating important property rights cases
  • Advocating for property rights both philosophically and practically. Speaking with organizations, trade groups, academia, and media to advance PLF’s strategic property rights goals. (A deep knowledge of the moral and constitutional basis for property rights is a huge plus.)
  • Writing persuasive pieces for both scholarly and lay audiences. Drafting op-eds, journal articles, and blog posts
  • Leading other attorneys into battle and helping to set the agenda of the next years of PLF’s property rights practice

Qualifications:

This role is ideal for someone with:

  • 7 years+ of experience litigating property rights cases
  • A track record of successful litigation
  • Outstanding interpersonal communications skills
  • A knowledge of and passion for the ideas of freedom and individual liberty
  • A willingness to travel about 5-10% once COVID has calmed down

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, what distinguishes you from typical applicants, and salary requirements

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: http://www.talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/

Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Talent Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: katelynn@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.

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