To provide legal advice on a wide range of animal protection issues that arise during the conduct of the organization's and its affiliates' charitable programs, with a focus on access to public records.
Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
• Conduct legal research and advise on federal and state public records acts
• Draft and submit administrative appeals of public records act decisions by federal and state agencies
• Draft and submit requests for assistance to federal and state public records ombudsmen
• Liaise with federal and state public records personnel
• Liaise with organizations with common interests in government transparency
• Develop and manage internal database to track public records requests and administrative appeals
• Monitor public records matters for potential litigation
• Assist in the development and management of litigation of public records matters
• Monitor developments in litigation under federal and state public records acts
• Develop and manage internal database of developments related to federal and state public records acts
• Conduct legal research and provide advice on a variety of animal protection-related statutes, regulations, and case law
• Draft correspondence, letters of complaint, and other documents
• Communicate with government agencies, law enforcement officials, and nonprofit organizations in furtherance of the listed responsibilities and duties
• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor
• J.D. and a minimum of three years of legal experience with public records acts
• Member in good standing of a state bar association
• Proven excellent legal research, writing, and verbal advocacy skills
• Proven ability to handle multiple tasks within strict time constraints
• Support for PETA's philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate PETA's positions on issues
• Commitment to the objectives of the organization
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of rodents, birds, and other animals who are often considered “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.