Legal Counsel
Fully Remote Remote
Job Type
Full-time
Description

The Legal Counsel is responsible for serving as the Legal Department’s lead for all legal efforts to advance FGA’s reforms at the state-level. Primary duties will include conducting legal research, analysis, and writing to support and advance FGA’s state work. The Legal Counsel will accomplish these duties primarily through the regular production of legal memos and other legal products including op-eds, one-pagers, redlines of statutes and bills, rapid legal analysis of emerging developments including court or government actions impacting the advancement of FGA reforms, and the periodic creation of model statutory language for FGA state level reforms. 


The ideal candidate possesses a law degree, is licensed to practice law in at least one state, has 3-5 years of relevant experience, and is passionate about advancing FGA’s state-level reforms across the nation. Strong legal writing and research skills with the ability to rapidly craft high quality, persuasive legal memos and other collateral is a must, as is a positive can-do attitude and eagerness to learn and grow as part of a team. The Legal Counsel will report to FGA’s Legal Director.


CULTURE AND FIT


Success at FGA depends not only on a person’s skills, but also on their ability to fit the culture of FGA. We describe our culture with five Core Values:

  1. Candid to Solve—being willing to have tough conversations in order to solve issues or build trust.
  2. Grow or Die—we don’t have a neutral gear; we must consistently challenge ourselves and each other to grow in our talents and skills.
  3. Politically Savvy—policy doesn’t change in a vacuum, but in a political reality that we must understand and account for.
  4. Partnership-Oriented—internal and external relationships are not transactional. That starts with our team members and the perspective that we need the rest of the team to succeed in order to win personally.
  5. Bought in to Win—we’re at FGA because we want to change policy. No one is counting hours or widgets, we are here to get results, and sometimes that will require going the extra mile or doing a job that isn’t technically ours.

It might help to think about the following list of questions. If you answer “yes” to all of them, you may be a fit for the team if your skill sets match the requirements below. The vast majority of those who don’t get hired or don’t last at FGA are due to a lack of fit with these values. Be prepared to have very candid conversations about them in our interview process.

  • Do you wholeheartedly agree with the policies that we advocate (see thefga.org for a full description) and the underlying principles that people’s lives are made better through work, not government welfare, and that a free market creates greater freedom and equality than any command-and-control government system?
  • Do you agree that embracing the realities of politics is necessary to have success in changing public policy? 
  • Do you tend to be the one who initiates conversations with colleagues, rather than waiting for them to come to you?
  • Are you comfortable creating your own structure for work, such as setting work hours, your own priorities, and creating clarity and a workplan from a broad goal? 
  • Does it motivate you to think about working with a team of world-class professionals who are held to a very high standard of achieving results?
  • Do you seize opportunities to try new things or improve a skill that’s relevant to your company or role?
  • Are you able to build meaningful relationships (creating trust) with people you only see face to face a few times a year?
  • Do you tend to lead teams by creating clarity about goals and progress, rather than proscribing the steps they need to take?
  • Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and do you have a practice of getting help from others to mitigate your weaknesses?


ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


The Legal Counsel will have two primary roles encompassing six major responsibilities:


Serve as the Primary Point of Contact (POC) for all FGA state-level legal efforts

  • Draft and publish state-level legal memos, one-pagers, op-eds, and other written legal products.
  • Review and create FGA draft legislation for FGA model reforms to ensure legal accuracy and provide feedback to relevant staff and/or partners.
  • Provide legal briefings and other presentations to state policymakers, the media, and other partners as needed. 
  • Provide support for the state bill review process, including by providing legal reviews and drafting complex model bills as needed.

Provide support to the Legal Director on all federal-level legal efforts as directed

  • As directed, assist in the drafting and publication of federal-level legal memos, one-pagers, op-eds, and other written legal products including amicus briefs and other court filings.
  • As directed, provide legal briefings and other presentations to federal policymakers and other partners as needed. 


REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience
  • A law degree
  • Licensed to practice law in at least one state
  • A passion for advancing FGA’s state-level reforms across the nation 
  • Strong legal writing and research skills with the ability to rapidly craft high quality, persuasive legal memos and other collateral
  • A positive can-do attitude and eagerness to learn and grow as part of a team
  • Ability to travel at least once per quarter for staff meetings and events 
  • Match FGA’s Core Values (described above)


TIMING, LOCATION, AND COMPENSATION


FGA is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Location is flexible. While FGA’s headquarters are in Naples, FL, nearly all of FGA’s staff work remotely. It is important to note that all of our staff currently live in the Central or Eastern time zones, therefore, candidates in another area may face more lengthy travel requirements. FGA offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including a 6% retirement match, a health benefit, and a generous paid leave plan.