Staff Attorney, Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 09, 2019
Jun 08, 2019
Job Function
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
50 - 75%

This position will be based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About FIRE

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on our nation’s college campuses. Please visit to gain a sense of our work and mission.

Position Description

FIRE is seeking an experienced and organized staff attorney to assist with our Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project, a national effort to eliminate unconstitutional speech codes from our nation’s public colleges and universities. To learn more about Stand Up For Speech, please visit

The staff attorney will report to FIRE’s Director of Litigation, while also working daily with the Associate Director of Litigation and other FIRE attorneys involved in litigation. Additionally, the staff attorney will correspond with other FIRE departments, external attorneys, students, and faculty. The duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Litigating on behalf of students and professors at public colleges and universities in furtherance of FIRE’s mission;
  • Drafting demand letters, pleadings, discovery responses/requests, motions, and other documents;
  • Assisting in drafting amicus curiae briefs when requests are received;
  • Assisting in case development and analyzing potential litigation matters;
  • Communicating with student and faculty plaintiffs;
  • Reviewing documents received in response to discovery requests/FOIA requests;
  • Attending depositions, hearings, trials, and other proceedings;
  • Working with the communications team;
  • Editing and drafting posts for FIRE’s Newsdesk;
  • Attending student conferences.

This position involves a substantial amount of travel, and work on weekends and evenings should be expected.

The expected start date for this position is flexible.


Candidates must demonstrate a knowledge and passion for FIRE’s mission and an ability to articulate that passion in a way that will make others enthusiastic about our cause. A candidate must also be able to demonstrate:

  • At least two years of civil litigation experience, preferably with experience in civil liberties or civil rights litigation;
  • Exceptional legal research skills;
  • Excellent organizational and case management skills;
  • Ability to explain legal concepts to students;
  • Knowledge of federal discovery rules and methodology;
  • Knowledge of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure;
  • Experience conducting factual investigations into a potential cases;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and general copy-editing skills;
  • Exemplary planning and organizational skills, including an ability to handle dynamic, challenging, and changing situations;
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively across disciplines and viewpoints.

Candidates must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school and a member of the bar of at least one state. If not already a member of the Pennsylvania bar, candidates must be willing to obtain licensure in Pennsylvania.

Salary and Compensation

Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. FIRE conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work. FIRE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance; a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account option; matching retirement contributions; and a generous paid time-off plan.


Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, salary requirements, and contact information for at least three professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Peyton Cudaback, Director of Human Resources. Applications can be emailed to

FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.