ACLU of Northern California

Senior Supervising Attorney

Fresno, CA

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Website: ACLU of Northern California


The ACLU of Northern California, a leading champion of civil liberties in California since 1934, seeks a Senior Staff Attorney with substantial litigation and management experience to deepen and expand the work in Fresno and the greater southern Central Valley region. The Senior Staff Attorney will report to Christine P. Sun, the Legal-Policy Department Director.

The new Senior Staff Attorney (SSA) will join the Fresno team as the lead attorney responsible for mentoring and supervising Staff Attorneys and legal fellows, and litigating cases involving significant civil-liberties and civil rights issues. He/She/They will serve as a member of the Legal-Policy Department management team and play a significant role in supporting alignment and coordination between the San Francisco, Fresno, and Sacramento offices. The new SSA will also carry significant responsibility for leading and supervising civil liberties and civil rights impact litigation, with a particular focus on criminal justice, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, economic justice, and voting rights. In coordination with the ACLU of California and the national ACLU office, the successful candidate will actively engage in policy advocacy campaigns at the local, state, and national level. The SSA will be a key resource on litigation matters, will be expected to draft legislation and regulations that impact the region, and should be prepared to speak before legislative bodies.

To ensure success, the new SSA will be an experienced litigator, inspiring leader, successful manager, and passionate advocate for civil rights and civil liberties. He/She/They will excel at developing and litigating high-impact cases and identifying multi-pronged legal, policy, and community engagement strategies. He/She/They will provide high quality supervision and mentorship, take a solutions-oriented approach, and exercise sound, independent judgment while working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. The new Senior Staff Attorney will thrive in a busy, bustling work ecosystem, and balance key administrative tasks while also being available to others while staying focused and prioritizing key objectives. He/She/They will be a relationship-builder who enjoys developing and nurturing close ties with community organizations and advocates across the region; and will be excited about the opportunity to participate in the ACLU’s community engagement efforts in Fresno and the greater the Central Valley region.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptionally talented litigator, strategist, and manager with a deep personal passion for advocating for the civil liberties that are most significant for the residents of the Central Valley. He/she/they will have a deep commitment to community engagement and partnership among the different agencies that advocate in the Central Valley. He/she/they will bring at least ten (10) years of litigation experience, two (2) years successfully managing and leading a highly-talented team, and be barred or willing to sit for the next bar exam in California.


This search is being conducted with support from Tamar Datan and Erica Nicole Griffin. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please send nominations and/or applications, including cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to:

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Tamar Datan

Tamar brings 30 years of nonprofit experience in the fields of conservation, education, economic development, social justice and philanthropy to our mission-driven clients.

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