The Nonhuman Rights Project is seeking a Senior Staff Attorney with the following skills for immediate hire:
You want to make history.
You want nonhuman animals to have legal rights both in the United States and abroad.
You have at least 12 years of litigation experience, including substantial first-chair trial experience and appellate work.
You have extensive experience in civil rights, human rights, or animal protection.
You have excellent writing skills. Published law review articles and/or books are a plus, but not necessary.
You have excellent interpersonal skills.
You work well remotely on long-term complex legal projects.
You have experience managing staff and volunteers, especially on legal projects (preferred).
You are admitted to practice law in at least one US jurisdiction.
This position requires a deep commitment to gaining personhood and legal rights for nonhuman animals and willingness to spend the time learning how to accomplish it.
New York City or Los Angeles residence is preferred but not required.
This is a remote position requiring some travel.
To apply, please send a letter of interest telling us why you want to work with the NhRP, along with a CV, both combined into a single PDF, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put your name in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you.
12+ years of litigation experience, including substantial first-chair trial experience and appellate work.
Extensive experience in civil rights, human rights, or animal protection.
Excellent writing skills. Published law review articles and/or books are a plus, but not necessary.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Admission to practice law in at least one US jurisdiction.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Nonhuman Rights Project
Founded in 1996 by attorney Steven M. Wise, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) works to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, advocacy, and education. Our mission is to change the legal status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them. Our current plaintiffs are members of species who have been scientifically proven to be autonomous: currently, great apes, elephants, dolphins, and whales. We are working with teams of attorneys on four continents to develop campaigns to achieve legal rights for nonhuman animals that are suited to the legal systems of these countries. We filed our first cases on behalf of chimpanzees in New York in December, 2013, and we continue to litigate in the state. We filed our first case on behalf of elephants in Connecticut in late 2017, and that case continues as well. We plan to file our first cases in California in 2018. The work of t...he Nonhuman Rights Project is the subject of the 2016 Pennebaker Hegedus/HBO documentary film Unlocking the Cage, which has been seen by millions around the world.