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Senior Legal Policy Analyst

Title:                         Senior Legal Policy Analyst

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

Job Summary:          The Senior Legal Policy Analyst (SLPA) for the Meese Center is an advanced research and writing position. The Meese Center SLPA has primary responsibility, under the direction of a designated Legal Fellow, for running the Center’s appellate advocacy program. In addition, the SLPA is expected to develop expertise in specific areas of research (typically areas with an emphasis on the policy implications of the legal and constitutional issues studied by the Center) and advance the field through the development of legal analysis, policy recommendations, and the publication of Heritage papers, commentary, and op-eds. The SLPA is responsible for representing The Heritage Foundation at professional conferences, speaking engagements, in the media, and in Congressional or other meetings. The SLPA must have demonstrated experience in legal policy analysis and scholarly writing, possess outstanding written and verbal skills, a firm understanding of relevant legal and constitutional issues, and the ability to work with only general supervision.


Job Duties:

  • Coordinate the Center’s appellate advocacy program (moot courts and amicus conferences/requests), including organizing events and meetings, and serving as editor of Supreme Court Alerts and Petition Watches.
  • Conduct scholarly research and policy analysis, and develop a command of assigned issue areas, as well as develop new areas of focus, which expand the Meese Center’s footprint.
  • Author and co-author Heritage publications, including Backgrounders, Legal Memoranda, Issue Briefs, and commentary, as well as outside publications, including law reviews.
  • Represent Heritage in many settings, including public functions, professional conferences, meetings, and, as appropriate, legislative hearings.
  • Speak at major public functions, professional conferences and events.
  • Provide policy analysis and recommendations to federal and state lawmakers.
  • Effectively and regularly represent Heritage in the media.
  • Develop projects that advance Meese Center objectives.
  • Participate in the public policy/legal community.
  • Supervise other staff and interns regarding simple legal research, cite checking, and other projects as needed or at the direction of the Director.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of the Meese Center.

Skill Factors:

Education:                   J.D. degree

Experience:                 2 to 5 years of legal research and writing experience (demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following areas preferred, but not required: antitrust, intellectual property, immigration, technology issues, religious liberty)

Communication:         Outstanding writer and effective public speaker

Computer:                   MS Office and Outlook


Special Skills/Requirements:  

  • Understand support, and effectively advocate for the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the specific goals and objectives of the Meese Center.
  • 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, analysis, writing, and publication, with emphasis on accuracy, insightfulness, and timeliness.
  • Effective oral and written communication and advocacy, in a variety of settings, including public speaking and mass media appearances.
  • 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 junior staff.
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