Interested in Challenging the Administrative State? NCLA Seeks Senior and Junior Litigators

by Chris Walker — Monday, Nov. 6, 2017@chris_j_walker

Columbia Law Professor Philip Hamburger, author of Is Administrative Law Unlawful?, has started a nonprofit, public interest law firm called the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA). Per this job posting, the NLCA is looking to hire attorneys both at the senior and more junior level. Here’s a description of the NLCA:

Founded by law professor Philip Hamburger, the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) is a non-profit, public-interest law firm, which engages in pro bono litigation to defend the liberty established by the Constitution. NCLA is a brand-new organization, so don’t worry if you have not heard about it before. It focuses primarily on fighting administrative power and conditions on spending where they systematically threaten constitutional freedoms, including the freedom of speech, jury-trial rights, and due process. Rather than resist administrative power each and every place where it threatens substantive rights and interests—that is, instead of always playing defense—NCLA will target key administrative mechanisms that repeatedly and broadly threaten constitutionally protected rights. For example, NCLA will oppose Chevron and Auer deference to administrative agencies—doctrines that threaten judicial independence and unbiased judgment. Coordinating its efforts with other civil rights groups, NCLA will pursue strategic litigation that promises to curtail the administrative state’s threat to civil liberties.

If this sounds like your dream job, check out the position description and application instructions here.

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About Chris Walker

Christopher Walker is a law professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Walker clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and worked on the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice. His publications have appeared in the Michigan Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review, among others. Outside the law school, he serves as one of forty Public Members of the Administrative Conference of the United States and on the Governing Council for the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He blogs regularly at the Yale Journal on Regulation.

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