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The Heritage Foundation Is Hiring A Legal Policy Analyst

Attorneys with 1-3 years of experience should apply for this position in the Meese Center.

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My friends at the Heritage Foundation are hiring a Legal Policy Analyst. You can apply here:

Title:                         Legal Policy Analyst

Reports to:             Director, Meese Center

Job Summary:          The Legal Policy Analyst is an intermediate research and writing position. Work on various ongoing Center projects including the Election Fraud Database, the revised Heritage Guide to the Constitution, the Election Integrity Scorecard, the Defensive Gun Use Database, and the Judicial Tracker. Develop expertise in specific areas of legal research, and advance the field through the development of policy recommendations and the routine publication of Heritage papers, commentary, and op-eds. Represent The Heritage Foundation at professional conferences, speaking engagements, potentially in the media and Congressional or other meetings. Demonstrate 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:

  • Oversee priority projects including the revised Heritage Guide to the Constitution, the Election Integrity Scorecard, the Defensive Gun Use Database, and the Judicial Tracker.
  • 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.
  • Provide substantive support for the public interest law program, legal conferences (such as the Legal Strategy Forum), the Preserve the Constitution Series, and other Legal Center events and meetings.
  • Engage in: (1) professional research, analysis, and writing Legal Memoranda, Issue Briefs, Op-Eds and blogs for Heritage and, as appropriate, other publications.
  • Represent Heritage in many settings, including public functions, professional conferences, meetings, and, as appropriate, legislative hearings.
  • Develop projects that advance Meese Center objectives.
  • Participate in the public policy/legal community.
  • Coordinate with outside scholars working on the revised Heritage Guide to the Constitution.
  • Supervise other staff 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.

Qualifications:

Education:                   J.D.

Experience:                 Judicial clerkship preferred, 1 to 3 years of legal research and writing experience

Communication:         Outstanding writer and effective public speaker

Technology:                MS Office and Outlook

Other Requirements:

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, True North conservative principles, and the department's goals and objectives.
  • 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.
  • 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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  1. Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, True North conservative principles, and the department's goals and objectives.

    Top-quality research, analysis, writing, and publication, with emphasis on accuracy, insightfulness, and timeliness.

    And what if that top-quality research leads to conclusions that don't support Heritage's ideology?

    1. You're really going to try to dunk on them for recruiting people who support their mission?

      1. You're really going to try to dunk on them for recruiting people who support their mission?

        Maybe he's also dunking on the mission. Maybe he sees a contradiction in advertising a job position that asks for "top-quality research" "with an emphasis on accuracy" and yet also also asks for support for "the Heritage mission and vision for America" when it is highly debatable whether that mission and vision are based on those qualities.

        1. Exactly, Jason.

          Let them pursue their mission all they want. But don't claim that you want objective analysis and research from your staff, while at the same time wanting them to support that mission.

          That, in effect, implies that they want research with a predetermined outcome.

          Of course, that is precisely what they want.

          1. They want research in a certain area...

            Plus it's legal research. Not exactly discovering the mysteries of the universe. Legal research is practically defined as "finding pieces of evidence that support your current position/client"

  2. Slightly OT, but regarding the True North principles: How does not opposing gay marriage threaten the flourishing of American “freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society”?

  3. Over/Under on how many comments until (Rev)Arthur Kirtland insults Josh's legal education is 10, I'm taking the Under.

  4. Maybe a legal site should focus on cases and issues that are a little more exciting?

    Maybe the Duante Wright case or the J6 protestors? Just a suggestion. Its snooze city here.

    VC seems to purposely avoid certain stuff.

    1. I'm sure they'd be happy to refund your membership fee.

      1. What membership fee? You pay a membership to read the VC?

        No I didn't read whatever boring thing was posted

  5. This is a great job posting, but it needs some clarifications.

    1. If election integrity is a major part of the job, this is great because other than tracking down some senile old farts in retirement villages in Florida and Arizona who thought they could vote twice, there is nothing to do.

    2. Supporting the Heritage Foundation missions carries a risk since that mission is to use a tax exempt organization to further the Republican party, which is not really all that legitimate an activity for a tax exempt institution.

    3. In having the ability to work with others, applicants should look to Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Tucker Carlson and about all of Fox News as models to emulate in terms of civil discourse and tolerance.

    4. Assuming increasing levels of responsibility got into the job description by mistake. A mantra of organizations like Heritage is "Not my fault". A successful applicant will be one who assumes no responsibility and is able to deny any connection to disasters that follow when a Heritage Foundation policy goes into effect.

  6. This blog's periodic moonlighting as a job board for delusion-peddling, stale-thinking, Republican separatist organizations seems related to the strong concentration of disaffected, intolerant, strident right-wingers among its readership.

    Carry on, clingers. But only so far and so long as your betters permit, despite the efforts of the Heritage-Federalist-Republican-Bradley-National Policy-Scaife-Olin community.

  7. This would be a veritable promotion for you Blackman. You should apply as part of your continuing efforts to become an influencer

  8. Why is there a range stated for expeirence?

    "Judicial clerkship preferred, 1 to 3 years of legal research and writing experience."

    Is this age discrimination? What if an applicant has 10, 15, 20 years of legal research and writing experience?

    A minimum of experience should suffice.

    1. I guess the maximum is set because it’s intended to exclude people who might be insufficiently malleable (or perhaps people who might want more pay).

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