The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) seeks a full-time Legal Director/Litigator
JOB DESCRIPTION: Help fulfill FOG’s mission to educate, advocate and litigate to advance open government throughout the state of New Mexico.
REPORTS TO: Chair of the Legal Committee for litigation and matters of legal strategy and to the Executive Director for all administrative and non-legal matters.
WORKS CLOSELY WITH: Executive Director, keeping her informed of legal strategy and litigation.
SALARY: $80,000 TO $120,000 depending on experience
- Develop a strategy for selecting and pursuing lawsuits that will advance FOG’s mission, which includes enforcing and protecting the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA), Open Meetings Act (OMA), and The First Amendment.
- Identify and litigate cases from initial filing through the appellate process, including amicus briefing, which further FOG’s law reform and enforcement.
- Issue letters concerning possible IPRA, OMA or First Amendment violations on behalf of FOG.
- Keep the Executive Director, FOG Board and Legal Committee informed about transparency decisions handed down by applicable courts.
- Review and quantify hotline data. Draft responses on novel issues for the Executive Director as needed.
- Assist FOG’s Executive Director and contract lobbyist during the New Mexico legislative session by evaluating proposed legislation, advising on language included in draft legislation, and assisting in determining FOG’s position on bills that have transparency implications. Testify on bills when necessary.
- Help the Executive Director respond to media inquiries and interviews regarding litigation or complex legal matters.
- Five or more years of experience as a licensed attorney.
- Admitted to practice law in New Mexico.
- Significant civil trial court experience required, with a working knowledge of the Inspection of Public Records Act, Open Meetings Act and First Amendment.
- Must be a self-starter who is highly motivated, passionate about transparency in government and the First Amendment, well organized with good follow through and an excellent writer and oral communicator.
- Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems.
- Familiarity with Office365 is a plus.
- Must be willing and able to travel throughout the state as needed.
HOW TO APPLY:
Candidates are asked to send a cover letter detailing experience, education and background and a sample legal brief. Please include salary expectations in the cover letter. Early submission of applications is encouraged.
EQUITY AND INCLUSION:
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability status. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.