Description:

About the Job:
Civil Rights Attorney

A Non-Profit Organization, a progressive non-profit organization whose mission is to advance justice and equality by enforcing rights and expanding opportunities for people with disabilities in Maine, has a unique opportunity to join our team and fight disability-based discrimination.

Position Summary:
DRM is seeking a motivated and self-directed attorney who is committed to enforcing and enhancing the rights of people with disabilities. The Staff Attorney will engage in individual and systemic work related to discrimination in places of public accommodation and by government entities, employment discrimination, voting access, and cases involving access to supportive services and assistive technology.

Duties of the Staff Attorney include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Provide direct representation to clients in cases selected in accordance with agency priorities. This will include informal advocacy and negotiation, and representation in administrative proceedings as well as in state and federal courts.
  • Identify systemic issues and participate with other staff in the development and implementation of systemic advocacy strategies, including litigation.
  • Provide training to people with disabilities and others and develop content area resource materials.
  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to ensure people with disabilities have access to information about their rights and DRM services.
  • Analyze and develop responses to proposed legislation, regulations and policy guidance.
  • Represent DRM on boards, commissions, work groups, etc.

Qualifications:
  • J.D. and license to practice law in Maine (or currently seeking admission following passage of the July 2024 bar exam), or eligibility to practice under Maine Rule of Civil Procedure 89(c) while seeking admission to the Maine Bar.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including legal research and writing skills and public speaking.
  • Demonstrated ability to build positive relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
  • Experience and/or strong interest in advocacy for the legal rights of people with disabilities and/or other marginalized populations. Knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other state and federal laws impacting people with disabilities is preferred.