Counsel and FOIA Manager

  • PETA
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Sep 10, 2018
Full time Legal Non-Profit

Job Description

Position Objective:

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

 

Qualifications:

• 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