Practical Law is looking for a Municipal Law Senior Legal Editor to create new online content that will help local government lawyers practice more efficiently.
The central and most critical responsibility of this Senior Legal Editor position is to research, write, edit, publish and update on-line content for Practical Law's state and local government subscribers. Our content includes practice guidance notes, checklists, and standard forms, all of which are written in accordance with Practical Law's unique writing style.
In addition, the Senior Legal Editor will:
Collaborate with the other editors on Practical Law's Public Sector Service to peer review, improve, and organize newly-written content, as well as plan for and organize future content needs and priorities;
Coordinate and collaborate with other Practical Law editorial teams on content planning and creation, as well as on other Practical Law and Thomson Reuters initiatives;
Establish and maintain relationships with municipal law practitioners (in government and private practice) who can contribute new content for Practical Law to publish;
Write and edit content for Practical Law’s companion print magazine, Practical Law - The Journal;
Stay informed of current developments and issues of local government law and practice to ensure timely updates to existing content and the development of new content;
Develop relationships with lawyers in local government and private practice to ensure that our content for government is topical and meets the needs of municipal law practitioners;
Organize and/or conduct webinars on topics of interest for local government lawyers;
Assist with sales demonstrations and marketing initiatives, as requested by the Director of the Public Sector Service; and
Assist with other Thomson Reuters products in which Practical Law is foundational, as requested by the Director of the Public Sector Service.
Candidates should have at least the following skills and experience:
At least six years’ experience working as either: (1) a government lawyer on the state and/or local level, with a strong focus on the legal issues affecting cities, counties and/or other local government entities, or (2) a private practitioner specializing in municipal or government law and representing state and/or local governmental entities.
Candidates must have strong practice experience in general municipal law matters, such as:oPowers and authorities of local government entities;oDrafting and interpreting ordinances;oCode enforcement;oOpen meetings and public records laws;oGeneral contracts and procurement transactions; oAdvising government officials and entities.
Ideal candidates will also have strong expertise in one or more of the following substantive areas:oSection 1983 and other matters of government liability;oZoning, land use and permitting;oMunicipal finance (ideally with exposure to the issuance of municipal bonds); oBusiness and economic development; oLabor and employment matters that affect local government employers;oPublic works and utilities (including solid waste, traffic engineering, public infrastructure projects);oEnvironmental law;oPublic transportation systems and aviation;oPublic safety (e.g., law enforcement, corrections, EMS, emergency management); oFederal Constitutional law.
A sophisticated understanding of the needs and priorities of lawyers who advise state and/or local governmental entities.
Enthusiasm and ambition, with a sincere desire to improve the efficiency of legal services.
The ability to work seamlessly and selflessly with others.
It is critical that candidates have a real passion for writing and very strong writing and editing skills, including: oVery close attention to detail; oExcellent command of grammar, punctuation, and plain English; and oThe ability to write about complex legal issues clearly and simply.
Candidates selected for a second interview will be required to submit a writing sample.Primary location for the position is in the Washington, DC area. However, we will absolutely consider strong candidates anywhere in the United States, who would work on a remote basis from a home office.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Salary starting at ~$160,000 (commensurate with experience and location), plus annual bonus
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