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Pro Bono Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

With support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is collaborating with Microsoft and the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine (DWT) to develop a viable national pro bono media law network to support local journalists.  Together, we are testing ways to expand the Protecting Journalists Pro Bono Program, launched last year by Microsoft and DWT in California and Washington State.  The program has created a pool of pro bono assistance, drawn both from Microsoft’s in-house legal department and the law firm, to work with reporters and small news organizations to help them defend their legal rights and deliver quality journalism to the public.

The Reporters Committee is now looking for a Pro Bono Director to take on two key responsibilities.  First, to evaluate how to scale and expand the project nationwide to new communities and additional law firms and corporate legal departments.  Second, to collaborate directly with the teams at Microsoft and DWT to provide operational support to the pilot programs and the ongoing client matters.  This position presents a unique opportunity for an attorney with entrepreneurial aspirations who is dedicated to pro bono service to join mission-driven lawyers protecting the First Amendment and newsgathering rights of journalists while helping structure and scale an innovative pro bono initiative.  

The position will require an attorney with meaningful legal experience, excellent writing and oral communication skills, and strong administrative capabilities in managing teams and successfully producing detailed work product.  Competitive candidates will have a deep understanding of pro bono programs and institutional culture at law firms and/or in corporate legal departments, and prior job experience within such a program will be a substantial plus.  The capacity to undertake a landscape analysis of pro bono legal needs in an industry is necessary, but experience counseling or representing journalists and news organizations is preferred, not required.

This full-time position will be based in Washington, D.C. and will report to the Executive Director of the Reporters Committee.

For more information and to apply, click here.