Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

Legal Momentum (LM), The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, seeks a highly motivated attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and gender equality. Legal Momentum is the oldest national not-for-profit legal organization at the forefront of the women’s rights movement in the United States. It brings about meaningful social change and reform through policy advocacy and judicial and public education.

Among the cutting-edge issues we work on are: ending human trafficking, ending sexual abuse and dating violence (including online violence), ending campus sexual assault, representing immigrant women, responding to employment discrimination, defending the right to choose, and empowering young women to become leaders in their communities and beyond.

We are proud partners in the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative, a leadership program for young women of color. As part of this initiative, LM is launching an innovative curriculum on healthy relationships that are free of violence and abuse.

Legal Momentum’s anti-trafficking work is featured in the highly acclaimed new documentary film “I Am Jane Doe.”

The Staff Attorney will work with members of the Legal Department and other Legal Momentum staff members on a broad spectrum of women's rights law and advocacy. This position reports to the Legal Director.

This is a full-time position based in New York City.


  • Advocate on behalf of women and girls on the following issues: human trafficking, campus sexual assault, domestic and sexual violence,and employment discrimination, as well as other emerging issues.

  • Participate in litigation at all levels of state and federal courts and administrative agencies.  

  • Prepare amicus briefs and review briefs that we contribute to or sign on to as part of a wider advocacy coalition.

  • Draft legislation and prepare legislative testimony.

  • Respond to press inquiries; Public speaking.

  • Draft articles, blogs, op-eds, and other non-legal documents.

  • Conduct and supervise public policy research and analysis.

  • Represent Legal Momentum in coalition activities.

  • Participate in screening of potential cases and program planning.

  • Supervise student interns and cooperating attorneys.

  • Assist with fundraising.

  • Such other duties as may arise from time to time according to the needs of the organization, consistent with the general responsibilities of the position.


  • 3-5 years of litigation experience. Deposition and trial experience are a plus.

  • Knowledge of women's rights or other relevant civil rights and human rights law.

  • Excellent writing skills.

  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

  • Willingness to travel and to work extra hours and weekends when required.

  • Computer and social media literacy.

  • Admission to New York Bar preferred. Willingness and ability to qualify for New York Bar admission required.


Salary is commensurate with experience. Legal Momentum has a generous benefits package.

How to Apply:

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, the names of three references with phone numbers, and a writing sample of no more than 5-10 pages to:

Hiring Committee

Legal Momentum
16 East 34th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Attn: Staff Attorney Vacancy

Application deadline: Open until filled. Early applications are encouraged.

Legal Momentum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.

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