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 over time.  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 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.

Coalitions Manager

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks an experienced and committed Coalitions Manager to join the outreach team at PLF, developing strategic coalitions and partnerships that advance PLF’s legal, legislative, administrative, and public education goals.

The outreach team is a new capability, part of our strategic plan to define the next generation public interest law firm. Reporting to the Outreach Director, Rachel Swaffer, the Coalitions Manager is responsible for developing and executing a strategic plan that promotes PLF’s cutting edge litigation and policy goals, working with groups and individuals on issues ranging from city councils to the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, the Coalitions Manager will work with multiple internal stakeholders and external partners, identifying and capitalizing on opportunities for PLF to contribute to the national conversation with our vast areas of expertise.

The primary job duties include:

  • Managing coalitions for specific cases, including:
    • Assembling case coalition briefs and reports.
    • Maintaining coalition member lists and correspondence.
    • Triggering case-specific outreach activity, including briefings and events.
  • Overseeing internal information management, coordination, and process integration, including metrics and reporting.
  • Collaborating with litigation, legal policy, marketing, and media departments to identify and promote PLF content among key audiences.
  • Managing PLF Speakers Bureau, including:
    • Identifying and pitching PLF staff for strategic speaking opportunities.
    • Tracking and reporting PLF speaking activity.
    • Working with the media team to assemble and maintain a list of available PLF experts.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key coalition contacts.
  • Promoting PLF at meetings, events, and conferences.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3-5 years of experience in outreach, external affairs, government affairs, or similar.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • The ability to work quickly and meet tight deadlines.
  • The ability to coordinate between multiple stakeholders (internal and external) and juggle multiple projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the liberty movement and demonstrated interest in contemporary policy discussions.
  • A commitment to excellence.
  • Grace under pressure.
  • Public speaking experience (strongly preferred).

GENERAL INFORMATION

PLF identifies and litigates 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 nine victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement—plus additional cases currently before the High Court with decisions pending. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.

If you share our passion to vindicate the principles of freedom and individual liberty, you should be a part of PLF, no matter where you live. 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 Arlington, Virginia, but] the right candidates will have the ability to work in one of these existing locations or elsewhere—virtually or from a physical office.

TO APPLY:

If you think you might be a good fit, submit the following application materials in one PDF:

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

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.

 

Events Manager

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks an experienced and committed Events Manager to join the outreach team at PLF, developing strategy and overseeing logistics for events, conferences, and speaking engagements that advance PLF’s legal, public education, and legislative goals.

The outreach team is a new capability, part of our strategic plan to define the next generation public interest law firm. Reporting to the Outreach Director, Rachel Swaffer, the Events Manager will develop and execute a plan for strategic events and conference attendance, identifying and capitalizing on opportunities for PLF to contribute to the national conversation on PLF’s areas of expertise. The primary job duties are:

  • Driving PLF’s conference & events strategy, coordinating activities across departments and functions with a particular emphasis on brand elevation, case support, and issue education.
  • Managing all logistics and coordination for external PLF events.
  • Coordinating PLF’s activities at conferences.
  • Deploying conference- and event-reporting processes that allow for strategic recommendations and decision-making processes.
  • Overseeing mass outreach communications, including event communications.
  • Managing outreach contacts and related data.

The Events Manager is responsible for developing and executing these projects in coordination with the rest of the outreach team and other departments across the organization (litigation, legislative, communications, and fundraising). The right candidate will need a high degree of entrepreneurship and initiative to develop and execute events that promote PLF’s cutting-edge litigation and policy goals. Finally, the manager must possess an understanding of and appreciation for the importance of protecting individuals from unconstitutional government. In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

  • 3–5 years’ experience in events strategy, outreach, and/or project management.
  • The ability to work quickly, and under tight deadlines.
  • The ability to coordinate actions among multiple stakeholders (internal and external) and juggle multiple projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Impeccable organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of the liberty movement and demonstrated interest in contemporary policy discussions.
  • A commitment to excellence.
  • Grace under pressure.

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. Our attorneys have ten victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement—plus additional cases currently before the High Court with decisions pending. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court, and we know how to win.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; Palm Beach Gardens, FL; and Bellevue, WA. We prefer that the Events Manager either work from or occasionally spend time in the Arlington, VA, office, but outstanding candidates may also work in other offices.

TO APPLY:

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

  • Résumé, including your experience in the liberty movement and relevant professional experience.
  • Cover letter explaining why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.
  • Please include “[Job Title]–[Your Name]” in the subject line of your email. In the email body, indicate your compensation requirements.
  • 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.

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.

Managing Editor

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks a managing editor who appreciates vibrant storytelling as much as writing strong ledes and destroying passive language.

PLF has more than 130 active cases across the nation, including cases before the United States Supreme Court. At the center of each case is a hero fighting for their rights after the government has trampled them. We’ve represented craft beer brewers, dancers, falconers, and farmers. We have no shortage of interesting clients, but their stories are buried in complex legalese. We need a pen-wielding Indiana Jones to uncover them and bring them out into the world.

Specifics include:

  • Editing op-eds, blog posts, and magazine articles
  • Shepherding the production of a quarterly magazine, Sword & Scales, from conception to print
  • Pitching compelling stories
  • Managing an editorial calendar
  • Writing original content, when needed

This role will work as a member of an experimental and energetic team reporting to PLF’s Content Director, Jaclyn Boudreau. PLF’s communications team is growing and improving, as part of the organization’s strategic plan to define the next generation public interest law firm. As part of this plan, PLF encourages ambitious professional development plans.

As a successful candidate, you should have:

  • A background in writing and editing
  • A commitment to your audience, above all else
  • Experience distilling complex, technical ideas into everyday language
  • The ability to work collaboratively across departments and job roles

GENERAL INFORMATION

PLF 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. Our attorneys have ten victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty network—plus additional cases currently before the High Court with decisions pending. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court, and we know how to win.

We strongly prefer that the Managing Editor work from PLF’s office in Arlington, VA, but exceptional candidates may be considered for other PLF offices, or virtually from home.

TO APPLY:

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

  • Résumé, including your experience messaging ideas affecting liberty and your professional experience.
  • Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position and PLF.
  • Two writing samples or a link to your portfolio.
  • In your email, please include “Managing Editor–[Your Name]” in the subject line and indicate your compensation requirements.
  • 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.

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.

Development Research Manager

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks a Development Research Manager who is responsible for developing and implementing a process to identify prospective supporters, in order to generate increased support for PLF. The primary job duties are as follows:

  • Use research tools to identify prospective individuals and foundations who have the affinity and capacity to support Pacific Legal Foundation.
  • Manage the research pipeline to facilitate acquisitions, renewals, and upgrades among current and prospective donors.
  • Based on research, determine the appropriate stewardship track for new donors.
  • Work with the Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship and Director of Donor Relations to develop appropriate donor strategies and prioritization based on research.
  • Manage the dissemination of research to appropriate development officers, including creating a process for assigning, reviewing, and disqualifying potential prospects.
  • Prepare individual research and background profiles for development officers and leadership as requested.
  • Oversee the strategic use of analytics data to implement effective segmentation of qualified prospects for the Annual Giving and Major Giving teams.
  • Continually review and improve research processes based on results and feedback from Development colleagues.
  • Maintain accurate and timely data information in Raiser’s Edge.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 2−4 year’s experience in prospect research or development.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with varying timelines.
  • Organizational skills to prioritize workload.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Judgment and discretion in handling sensitive donor information.
  • Ability to work well with every component at PLF, across several offices; a track record of working productively and collaboratively in team settings.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Adherence to and knowledge of the principles of liberty.
  • Previous work with Raiser’s Edge and/or ResearchPoint are a definite plus.

GENERAL INFORMATION

PLF identifies and litigates 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 ten victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement—plus additional cases currently before the High Court with decisions pending. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.

If you share our passion to vindicate the principles of freedom and individual liberty, you should be a part of PLF, no matter where you live. A national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Bellevue, Washington. We prefer that the Development Research Manager work from our Arlington, Virginia, office, but outstanding candidates may also work in other offices or virtually from home.

Applicants must submit a résumé and cover letter. The résumé should have the usual: your experience in the liberty movement, your professional 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, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.

TO APPLY:

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

  • Resume—The resume should have the usual: your experience in the liberty movement, your professional experience, as well as your academic credentials.
  • Cover letter—The cover letter should explain why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants. Please also include your salary requirements.
  • Applications should be submitted to Talent Market at talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.

Questions can be directed to Katy Ranville, Network Engagement Manager at 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. No phone calls, please.

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.

Legal Fellow

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks a recent law school graduate or judicial law clerk as a Legal Fellow to significantly expand PLF’s strategic research, publications and scholarly content.

The Legal Fellow will assist in some litigation efforts, including amicus coordination for PLF cases, but the fellow’s principal role will be to advance PLF’s research and education efforts by significantly expanding PLF’s publications and scholarly content for the legal community and an educated lay audience regarding how and why PLF defends liberty and justice for all. The fellow will also help plan conferences and public events and build strong working relationships with coalition partners, the press, and other opinion leaders. The fellow will write regular blog posts, op-eds, and other articles; assist with and occasionally speak at PLF events; and help with all other aspects of PLF’s education efforts, including the annual summary of PLF’s Supreme Court filings for the press.

The ideal candidate will have a JD or the equivalent, with an exceptional academic record. The candidate must have outstanding written and oral communication skills, preferably with a record of publications demonstrating a range of writing experience. The ideal candidate will also be self-motivated, collaborative, detail oriented, and able to meet all work deadlines.

Responsibilities:

  • Stay abreast of all important administrative law scholarship and developments, and produce research memos on new strategies to overturn the administrative state and on second-best legislative solutions to restore democratic/constitutional accountability.
  • Author or co-author a range of blog posts, op-eds, and articles of varying length on PLF cases and priority issues, especially in administrative law.
  • Work, as directed, with PLF’s strategic research director on social science research reports and other publications.
  • Work with PLF litigators to help translate innovative litigation ideas, especially in the administrative law areas, into potential cases.
  • Help organize and execute PLF conferences and public events in DC and elsewhere.
  • Represent PLF at coalition working group meetings, coalition events, and engage in other tasks to improve relations and increase cooperation with PLF’s affinity partners.
  • Help coordinate amicus efforts for PLF cases, particularly in the Supreme Court, with states, affinity partners, and non-traditional allies on given cases.
  • Assist, as directed, PLF’s public policy director on special projects, including drafting model legislation and briefing Members of Congress and staff on key committees of interest.

Additional Skills/Experience Preferred:

  • Advanced study or experience in administrative law issues.
  • Some legal policy or congressional experience.
  • Prior work history that demonstrates the above qualifications and abilities.

GENERAL INFORMATION

PLF identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedents that will benefit Americans nationwide and promotes the same principles of liberty outside the courtroom as well. 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 ten victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched in the liberty movement—plus additional cases currently before the High Court with decisions pending. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.

A national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, California; Arlington, Virginia; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Bellevue, Washington. We prefer the Legal Fellow to work from the Arlington, Virginia, office, but the right candidates will have the ability to work virtually or from another office part of the time.

TO APPLY:

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

  • Résumé.
  • Cover letter detailing:
    • your salary requirements;
    • why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants;
    • how your academic or other experiences have prepared you for this position; and
    • your interest in relocating to Arlington,VA.
  • Law school transcript.

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document 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.

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.

Constitutional Litigation Attorneys

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—is hiring entry-level attorneys to join our national legal team. PLF encourages applications from recent law school graduates with a demonstrated interest in strategic litigation.

Our attorneys identify and litigate 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. Our attorneys have won 11 cases out of 13 heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, with 2 more cases pending—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement.

New attorneys at PLF are given opportunities to draft briefs, argue cases in both federal and state courts, participate in discovery, and engage in outreach and communication to the public by writing op-eds, giving speeches, and more.

PLF litigates cases in five areas of expertise:

  • Property Rights | The right to acquire and use property without undue government interference.
  • Economic Liberty | The right to earn an honest living and make free economic choices.
  • Equality Before the Law | Equal protection, regardless of sex, race, creed, color, or other differences.
  • Free Speech and Association | The right to freely associate and express yourself in speech and thought.
  • Separation of Powers | The structural protections of our Constitution, which safeguard all our individual rights.

Full-time opportunities are available in any of PLF’s four offices: Sacramento, California; Bellevue, Washington; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and Arlington, Virginia.

Starting salary is $72,500, plus medical, dental, and vision benefits, participation in a 403(b) savings plan, and insurance coverage. Ambitious and successful attorneys can expect significant salary increases over time.

Applicants must submit a resume and personal statement. The resume should include your GPA, class rank (if not given, please indicate), journal and moot court affiliations, and participation in any other law school organizations. The personal statement 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.

Applications are reviewed as they are received. Please send to Ms. Tawnda Elling, Hiring Secretary, at attyjobs@pacificlegal.org.

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 property rights, personal liberties, and constitutionally limited government.