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Legal Director / Senior Policy Counsel

Position Summary: We are looking for a highly qualified Legal Director and Senior Policy Counsel to join our great team. This position is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing legal and policy strategy on issues related to communications, technology, and copyright law.

Position Status: Full-time

Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Public Knowledge President


  • Provide leadership on organization’s legal strategy and policy priorities.
  • Supervision and oversight of legal and policy work of legal and policy staff.
  • Provide legal advice and policy direction to the organization on a range of issues including but not limited to internet, telecommunications, copyright, and patent law and policy.
  • Manage legal brief writing and litigation.  Provide guidance, substantive legal analysis, and writing on regulatory filings, legislation, white papers, testimony, and op-eds.
  • Represent the organization in discussions with multiple stakeholders (e.g. public interest and business groups, regulators, legislators) and as an advocate before policymakers.
  • Speak with the press, appear as necessary on radio or TV, and communicate on social media and through blog posts.
  • Cultivate legal and policy skills of early career attorneys through active supervision and mentorship.
  • Collaborate with management on effective organizational strategies; provide advice on organizational legal and compliance issues.


  • 7-10+ years experience in a legal policy role
  • Law degree from an accredited U.S. law school; active bar membership or ability to activate by start date
  • Desire to be a proactive driver in the policy debate and a leader in the organization
  • Experience with copyright and related intellectual property legal and policy issues
  • Experience with trade policies related to intellectual property
  • Relevant experience in at least one of the following areas: internet, communications, technology, or copyright law and/or policy
  • Experience with patent law and policy a plus
  • Proven leadership and/or management experience and commitment to working as part of a team
  • Substantial political and organizing/advocacy experience a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy
  • Interest and ability to mentor and develop the advocacy skills of fellows and early career attorneys
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage evolving projects and priorities
  • Sophisticated understanding of the influences in the legal, legislative, and regulatory process
  • Demonstrated ability to create proactive and defensive legal and policy strategies
  • Ability to counsel senior management, including the ability to clearly and succinctly communicate risks on legal matters and policies
  • Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills

Compensation: Public Knowledge provides compensation based on experience and competitive with other public advocacy organizations, excellent benefits, and opportunities for professional growth.

To Apply: Send a resume including salary history, cover letter regarding your interest in Public Knowledge, and two writing samples (max. 5 pages each) to jobs@publicknowledge.org, with the subject line Legal Director. Application deadline May 19, 2019.

Internships and Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for:

You can read about the open positions below. To learn about and apply for the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, click here. To learn about and apply for the Google Policy Fellowship, click here

To learn about Public Knowledge’s Internship and Fellowship programs, check out the videos at the bottom of this page and visit publicknowledge.org/AdvocacyTraining. Email recruiting@publicknowledge.org with questions. 

Internet Policy Post-Graduate Law Fellowship Candidates

Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking recent graduates for public interest legal fellowships in the area of internet and communications policy. Candidates would work with Public Knowledge to secure a public interest sponsor, such as the candidate’s law school, Equal Justice Works, or another source.

Position: Policy Fellow

Position Summary: Public Knowledge fellowships provide an opportunity for recent graduates to learn valuable legal, analytical, and policy making skills in an on-the-job setting that includes advocacy with Congress and federal agencies. Fellows promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by working to create and execute strategies that promote the open internet, balanced intellectual property rights, and communications competition. The fellowship length is one or two years, depending on the sponsor.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks: 

  • Provide input, strategic advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law. Serve as author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.
  • Partner with government relations and communications staff to develop and execute strategy on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Communications Commission, with other government agencies, in coalitions including other public interest groups, and with the press.
  • Oversee, design, and facilitate development of presentations for meetings with policy makers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.
  • Develop expertise in a select set of national, and where appropriate, global or state-based Internet technology or related policy issues.
  • Other responsibilities and tasks, as needed.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • A Juris Doctor is required.   
  • Ability to digest and understand underlying legal or policy documents as a prerequisite to strategic and policy planning.
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to think quickly and devise legislative and political strategies to attain a projected outcome.
  • Substantive knowledge of some communications law and policy issues.
  • Ability to conduct research and analyze data.


  • Demonstrated dedication to the fight for civil liberties, human rights, and a more open and competitive communications environment.
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements and messages to persuade, influence, or inform others, including public opinion leaders and the media.

Compensation and Application Process:

Compensation is dependent on sponsor.  

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), resume, transcript (official or unofficial), at least two references who can speak to your substantive work, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than five pages to recruiting@publicknowledge.org

You can watch these videos to learn more about our Internship and Fellowship programs:



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