Advertised Summary Job Description: The newly established Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University will work to preserve and expand the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. Columbia University and the Knight Foundation have committed $60 million to the Institute in endowment and operational funds; the Institute's other major supporters include the Ford Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation.
Reporting to the Institute's Director, the Senior Staff Attorney will work in a part-time capacity and play a key role in conceiving, developing, and overseeing the Institute's litigation docket. The Part-Time Senior Staff Attorney will also help set strategy for the Institute, help develop the Institute's research and public education programs, speak on behalf of the Institute to professional and academic audiences, and represent the Institute in the media. The incumbent attorney will be an experienced litigator with a national profile and experience as lead counsel in cutting-edge cases involving the freedoms of speech and the press, government transparency, and new technology. To be successful in the role, the attorney must also have the judgment, initiative, creativity, flexibility, and energy required to help launch a high-profile and multi-faceted initiative at one of the world's leading universities and to help ensure that the Institute operates efficiently and the highest level of professionalism.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and a minimum of eight years of related experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The Senior Staff Attorney must have a J.D., be admitted to the New York bar (or be in a position to gain admission to the New York bar quickly), and have at least eight years of relevant experience as a lawyer, including experience as lead counsel in cases involving the freedoms of speech and the press, government transparency, and new technology. The successful candidate will also have excellent communication skills, both oral and written; excellent analytical skills; substantial experience dealing with the media; and a demonstrated ability to supervise other lawyers.
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have strong relationships with organizations that the Institute is likely to partner with?for example, media organizations, technology companies, and civil liberties organizations.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.