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Litigation Counsel

The Center for Responsible Lending is seeking a Litigation Counsel to join CRL’s Litigation Unit, which seeks to represent CRL or other parties in varying litigation contexts. The Litigation Unit aims through litigation to further and protect strong consumer protections in accordance with CRL’s broader mission and goals. As part of the Litigation Unit, the Litigation Counsel will report to the Litigation Director, with whom he or she will develop and execute CRL’s litigation strategy. Among other responsibilities, the Litigation Counsel will engage with litigators at other public interest organizations, law firms, or state regulators; draft pleadings; and represent CRL or other parties in court proceedings. The Litigation Counsel will also monitor activity in legal and regulatory matters, provide guidance and assistance to CRL subject matter experts, and develop recommendations for CRL’s general policy strategy based upon litigation strategy and developments.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Develop strategy for CRL litigation in connection with consumer policy issues, with a focus on federal agency actions. Also, support strategy of partnering with state regulators.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with outside partners on litigation matters, and manage outside counsel budgets and fees, obtain required authority from management for decisions related to general litigation, and provide regular status updates to leadership.
  • Assist in CRL’s case selection, management of litigation proceedings, including pre-litigation dispute resolution, and management of active litigation.
  • Coordinate activities, internally and externally, including strategy for litigation and investigative matters, internal communications, discovery initiatives and related disclosures.
  • Prepare pleadings, briefs, discovery requests, and represent CRL in litigation matters as needed.
  • Address inquiries from ally organizations with litigation units and law firms on legal and business issues.
  • Work cross-functionally with CRL staff who serve as issue experts in litigation matters and who assist in the litigation work. Ensure compliance with litigation obligations and objectives.
  • Assist in overseeing the response to subpoenas and other information requests and inquiries from third parties.
  • Work with Philanthropy team to network with attorneys and law firms for increasing cy press support.
  • Travel as needed for court appearances, depositions, meetings, training, Company events, or other travel as required by litigation needs.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned to meet the needs of the Litigation Unit.
  • Perform other duties as may be deemed necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

  • JD degree and admitted to bar.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as an attorney, including experience with administrative law or developing and litigating civil rights, predatory lending, or consumer cases.
  • Familiarity with federal and state laws and regulations related to the Administrative Procedures Act, civil rights, housing/mortgage lending, predatory lending, consumer law, or banking law.
  • Ability to provide practical advice in a timely manner, able to discern and analyze the impact of multiple issues on a given situation, ability to work in several areas of the law and balance multiple priorities, and ability to provide sound business and legal judgment.
  • Strong writing, oral communication and analytical skills, including excellent persuasive writing ability.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law.
  • Ability to work as part of a team with a diverse group of people and settings.
  • Self-starter, able to initiate and juggle multiple and complex projects and work independently.
  • Ability to efficiently and proactively manage outside counsel.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Litigation or Appellate experience preferred.
  • Federal agency or APA litigation experience highly desirable.

Physical Requirements

  • Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Compensation

Competitive nonprofit salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package.

Application

To apply, send resume and cover letter, describing why you are a fit for this position, to hiringmanager@self-help.org. Please include the position title as the subject. Application must be received by November 30, 2018 to ensure consideration. Applications received after this date may or may not be considered, depending on the applicant pool. The position will remain posted until filled.

The Organization

The Center for Responsible Lending is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate abusive financial practices. CRL provides research and technical policy expertise to help policymakers evaluate consumer protection options and wealth-building opportunities. We educate consumers and the media about predatory lending issues, work with local and national coalitions to push for change, and take part in selected legal cases to advance consumer protections. CRL's work has helped lead to major changes in lending practices, saving families over $2 billion annually. For more information, go to www.responsiblelending.org.

Self-Help, CRL's affiliate, is a community development lender founded in 1980 that creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for minority, women-headed, rural and low-wealth families through home and small business lending. Self-Help has provided $6 billion in financing to 70,000 homebuyers, small businesses and nonprofit organizations and serves more than 80,000 mostly low-income families through 30 retail credit union branches in North Carolina, California, and Chicago.

The Center for Responsible Lending is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.