Research Associate, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

Washington, DC
Full Time
Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

Title:                         Research Associate

Reports to:             Director, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

Job Summary:          The Research Associate (RA) is an administrative and research position with the possibility of doing some writing. The RA has primary responsibility, under the direction of the Director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, for working on various ongoing Center projects including maintaining and overseeing our Litigation Resource Bank Repository, reviewing and commenting upon key decisions by state appellate courts, working on the revised Heritage Guide to the Constitution, assisting with our moot court and appellate advocacy program, and helping to maintain our various databases (Election Fraud Database, the Election Integrity Scorecard, Defensive Gun Use Database, Judicial Tracker). The RA must have outstanding organizational skills, a can-do attitude with a passion for advancing conservative causes, demonstrated experience in legal analysis, and the ability to work well with others with only general supervision.  

Job Duties:

  • Oversee priority projects including our Litigation Resource Bank Repository and reviewing key decisions by state appellate courts
  • Primary administrative role supporting our moot court and appellate advocacy program.
  • Coordinate with outside scholars working on the revised Heritage Guide to the Constitution.
  • Working on other Meese Center projects including our Election Fraud Database, our Election Integrity Scorecard, our Defensive Gun Use Database, and our Judicial Tracker.
  • Conduct scholarly research and policy analysis; develop a command of assigned issue areas; develop new areas of focus; and expand the Meese Center’s mission.
  • Provide administrative support for the public interest law program, legal conferences, and other Meese Center events and meetings.
  • Engage in professional research and analysis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of the Meese Center.


Education:                  B.A. or Paralegal Degree

Experience:                 1 to 3 years of legal research experience, preferred

Communication:         Outstanding writer and effective speaker

Technology:                   MS Office and Outlook

Other Requirements:

  • High level of professionalism (adaptability, maturity, integrity, accountability).
  • Must be a highly organized person with the ability to maintain careful attention to detail, prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, and follow through in a timely manner.
  • Top-quality research and analysis, with an emphasis on accuracy, insightfulness, and timeliness.
  • High initiative level, with some direction, but with a strong desire and demonstrated ability to assume increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Ability to work well with others and provide leadership to interns.
  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the Center’s goals and objectives.

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