Legal and Policy Analyst

Job Description

The Williams Institute seeks an attorney (with at least two years of legal experience) to be a legal and policy analyst.  The Analyst will engage in cutting-edge and high-quality research and analysis related to litigation, legislation, and policy developments concerning sexual orientation and gender identity in the United States.  The Analyst will further the Williams Institute’s mission by producing impactful legal and multi-disciplinary research on discrimination and disparities facing LGBTQ populations, LGBTQ families, criminal justice, and immigration, among other issues.  The Analyst will disseminate research through scholarly publications, amicus briefs, regulatory processes, public speaking, and other means.

This position will start as soon as possible and will be based in Los Angeles.

The nation’s leading research center on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy, the Williams Institute produces rigorous and independent research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media, and the public. Research from the Williams Institute has impacted a wide variety of law and policy issues:  For example, the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous other federal courts, when they struck down state prohibitions on marriage for same-sex couples, relied on Williams Institute research that was presented to the courts through our amicus briefs as well as expert testimony; President Obama relied on Williams Institute research when issuing an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity; and Williams Institute research helped form the legislative record supporting passage by Congress of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.  For more information, please visit our website at

Job Duties

The Legal and Policy Analyst will support the research and activities of the senior legal scholars and social scientists at the Williams Institute.  Under the guidance of the senior legal scholars at the Williams Institute, the Law Fellow will:

  • Conduct legal and multi-disciplinary research
  • Co-author legal scholarship, articles, and commentary for a variety of publications
  • Prepare and serve as co-counsel on amicus briefs for filing in significant court cases
  • Draft model legislation and prepare testimony on federal, state, and local legislation
  • Engage with governmental agencies on regulations and other types of law and policy
  • Communicate with the media and the public, such as communicating with the press on breaking issues impacting LGBTQ people and representing the Williams Institute at public speaking engagements
  • Contribute to development of ideas for legal and scholarly research
  • Organize education programs
  • Assist in grant writing and other development activities
  • Take on other duties as assigned.

Experience and Qualifications

  • JD degree required
  • Admission to bar required, admission to California bar preferred
  • Minimum of two years of legal experience required
  • Master’s degree or PhD in a related discipline (e.g., sociology, public health, statistics, political science) preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with or substantive knowledge of legal issues involving sexual orientation, gender identity, and LGBTQ populations in the United States preferred
  • Familiarity with LGBTQ legal and political community in Los Angeles and nationwide preferred
  • Demonstration of substantive knowledge and experience working on HIV/AIDS law and policy issues preferred
  • Superior research skills (e.g., experience conducting bibliographic searches, performing writing and analysis, selecting and using print and electronic legal research tools) required
  • Ability to analyze, process and present multi-disciplinary data preferred
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews, evaluate the quality and significance of social science literature and accurately interpret literature articles and law journals required
  • Familiarity and experience with Internet and other search-engine based research and utilizing Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw for research required
  • Experience with data management software, such as Excel, mapping programs, or other comparable software. Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in utilizing a computer to design tables, charts, graphs and reports for group and one-on-one presentations preferred
  • Experience in developing operational procedures for the collection, editing, verification and management of statistical data preferred
  • Exceptional analytical, writing, and editing ability required
  • Demonstrated ability to present research findings in written, verbal or electronic formats to be understood by various audiences (academic and non-scholarly participants) required
  • Interpersonal skills to communicate and interact effectively, negotiate, exchange ideas, information, and opinions with others to formulate programs and/or arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions or solutions required
  • Outstanding initiative, judgment, attention to detail, ability to work independently and problem solve creatively required
  • Ability to work independently on large and complex research projects, to negotiate and meet multiple deadlines, and to assist in preparing materials for publication required
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effectively under conditions of heavy workload, frequent interruptions, distractions, and deadlines required
  • Ability to handle confidential material with discretion required
  • Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends as needed to fulfill job responsibilities.

Application Procedure

To apply please visit Career Opportunities: Williams Institute Administrative Analyst, Senior

Early applications are encouraged. The position will be open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

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