The ACLU of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) seeks a Senior Staff Attorney to join its LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project team.


The ACLU SoCal’s LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project (“Project”) protects and expands the rights of women and girls, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, pregnant and parenting workers, and people living with HIV; and we ensure people can make informed, confidential, and achievable decisions about childbearing and reproductive and sexual health care.

We tackle problems through creative campaigns that involve legal advocacy and litigation, policy advocacy, and community education and organizing. We focus on Southern California and statewide issues but also sometimes work with the national ACLU on matters of broader scope. We participate in a statewide ACLU of California Reproductive Justice and Gender Equity team with colleagues from Northern California and San Diego. We also work closely with the ACLU of California’s LGBTQ Rights team, the national ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom, Women’s Rights, and LGBT & HIV Projects, as well as ACLU colleagues working for economic justice, criminal justice reform, education reform, racial justice, and immigration reform.

The Project team is currently based in Los Angeles but this position could also be based in our Santa Ana, San Bernardino or Bakersfield offices if the candidate preferred. The Staff Attorney will report to the Director of the LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project. The Staff Attorney will collaborate closely with legal, policy, organizing, legislative and communications staff at ACLU SoCal and other ACLU offices, as well as other community-based and advocacy organizations and coalitions.

The Project’s current priorities include:

  • Curbing the use of religion, by entities that otherwise serve the public, to restrict access to reproductive health care or discriminate against women and LGBTQ people.
  • Ending gender discrimination in sectors traditionally dominated by men and addressing various forms of gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
  • Protecting access to affordable, comprehensive, barrier-free and confidential health care, with a focus on reproductive health care and preserving California’s strong laws on access from federal threats.
  • Reducing incarceration, criminalization, and profiling of women, LGBTQ people, gender non-conforming people, and people living with HIV.
  • Improving access to reproductive health care and treatment of LGBTQ people in incarceration settings.
  • Achieving lived equality and identity recognition for transgender and non-binary people.
  • Protecting and expanding the rights of pregnant and parenting workers, and fighting for economic justice for workers.
  • Expanding access to comprehensive, LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive sex education and making safe, inclusive, and bias-free schools for LGBTQ youth.


We are looking for a dynamic, creative, and thoughtful attorney who will work on a range of reproductive justice and gender equity issues using an array of advocacy tactics.

This person will investigate, analyze, and solve problems with respect to gender and reproductive justice that people are experiencing in California, and react to federal threats to gender equity and reproductive justice impacting Californians. Tactics include legal advocacy and litigation, policy reform and policy implementation, administrative advocacy, community education and organizing, and digital and media advocacy. The attorney will lead, manage, and support existing litigation and advocacy campaigns as well as develop new campaigns. The attorney, in conjunction with the ACLU of California’s Center for Advocacy and Policy in Sacramento, will also help analyze and develop gender equity and reproductive justice legislation. The attorney may also support LGBTQ rights litigation and advocacy as needed where the Project’s issues intersect.

In the short term, the attorney will focus on fighting the use of religion to discriminate, preserving abortion and contraception access, combatting gender discrimination in male-dominated fields and creating greater equity and safety in the workplace, enforcing and expanding the rights of pregnant and parenting workers, reducing incarceration of women including through sex work decriminalization advocacy, enforcing California’s sex education law, improving access to reproductive health care in incarceration settings, and improving law enforcement treatment of survivors of gender-based violence. The attorney will also engage in advocacy, policy reform, and education work to combat threats or backlash to reproductive justice and gender equity, and act nimbly to address community concerns as they arise.

Litigation and Policy Advocacy

  • Supervise, develop, and litigate high-impact cases in federal and state courts in conjunction with others within the ACLU of California, the national ACLU, and law firm partners. This includes conducting factual and legal research; analyzing complex constitutional questions; interviewing potential clients and witnesses, drafting memoranda, pleadings, and correspondence; conducting discovery; arguing motions; and negotiating settlements.
  • Draft amicus briefs and identify cases where the ACLU should consider filing amicus briefs.
  • Build and lead effective advocacy and policy/legislation implementation campaigns, independently and in a team, to effect change on the local and state level with government agencies, school districts, and so forth.
  • Conduct legal analysis of legislation; draft legislation, regulatory comments, reports, policy briefs and coalition sign-on letters; conduct lobbying; prepare legislative testimony.

Community Engagement, Media and Digital Advocacy

  • Devise and present engaging “know your rights” presentations, trainings, and engage in public speaking and media interviews.
  • Write op-eds, blogs, and social media content, and prepare “know your rights” materials.
  • Grow and deepen relationships with community partners, coalitions, and stakeholders.
  • Provide technical support and strategic guidance to community groups and other advocates.
  • Organize, lead, and participate in community education events and meetings.

People Management

  • Supervise the work of junior lawyers and other staff members.
  • Participate in hiring and management of fellows, interns, and volunteers.


ACLU SoCal anticipates hiring an attorney with at least ten years of experience. Applicants must have excellent research, writing, analytic, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Applicants must also have patience, emotional intelligence, and cultural competency, including the ability to participate in, create, and sustain inclusive and engaging spaces for people of all races/ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, classes, and geographies. Applicants must be able to occasionally work evenings and weekends, and travel throughout the state.

Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience devising and implementing advocacy and litigation as part of a creative response to civil rights violations in affected communities; experience with litigation as well as other forms of advocacy and community engagement; experience conducting complex constitutional legal analysis; and experience working on reproductive justice and gender equity and familiarity with relevant bodies of law and community partners. Must be a flexible team player but also comfortable working independently and taking initiative. Spanish language competency is also a plus.


Benefits include generous health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans as well as matching 401(k) plan and ample vacation and sick leave.


Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to (NO Phone Calls PLEASE) or mail to:

HR Department – Staff Attorney, LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project
ACLU of Southern California
1313 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, and encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, veterans, and people with arrest records and/or convictions.

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