Laboratory Investigations Counsel and FOIA Manager

  • PETA
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Nov 02, 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 animals used in experimentation and access to public records.

 

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Conduct legal research and provide advice on a variety of statutes, regulations, and case law related to animals used in experimentation
  • Draft correspondence, letters of complaint, and other documents related to animals used in experimentation
  • Participate in the development of creative opportunities for litigation related to animals used in experimentation
  • Assist in the management of litigation related to animals used in experimentation
  • 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
  • Develop and manage internal database to track public records requests and administrative appeals
  • Develop and manage internal database of developments related to federal and state public records acts
  • Assist in the development and management of litigation of public records matters
  • 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 five years of legal experience
  • Experience with administrative law, criminal law, and public records acts preferred
  • 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 communicate PETA's positions on issues with professionalism
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization