Legal Counsel, Ethics

Position summary

Central to the mission of the Campaign Legal Center is the protection of the right to a government free from both the reality and appearance of improper influence and corruption. To this end, CLC engages with federal, state, and local governments to shine a spotlight on the problems with a broken system. CLC works to ensure vigorous and fair enforcement of ethics laws, regulations, and policies, with the aim of holding candidates and officeholders accountable for compliance with these legal authorities.

Reporting to the Sr. Director (Ethics), the Legal Counsel will work on both proactive and responsive actions consistent with CLC’s mission in the government ethics arena, including conducting legal and factual research, drafting complaints, rulemaking petitions, letters, testimony, and other public documents, as well as working with outside groups to advance our mission. In addition, this position may work on campaign finance as well as other matters within Regulatory Programs.

With respect to the federal government, the work of this position includes engagement with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the White House Office (WHO), the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, the House Committee on Ethics, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC), and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (HOGR). With respect to state and local governments, the work potentially includes engagement with a variety of executive and legislative branch entities.


Key Responsibilities

  • Research and draft documents that explore ethics issues and explain how applicable legal authorities prohibit special interests from improperly influencing government decisions. Writing assignments may include complaints, white papers, reports, requests for information, blogs, and other public documents.
  • Conduct factual research to build a record and identify compliance issues regarding government ethics.
  • Monitor and report on the activities of governmental ethics agencies and committees to ensure they are actively and appropriately enforcing ethics laws.
  • Advise, assist, draft and comment on proposed ethics legislation and regulations. This may include drafting petitions for rulemaking and commenting on proposed regulations and drafting and presenting testimony at administrative and legislative hearings.   
  • Promote effectiveness and transparency of ethics programs by ensuring that ethics information is publicly available.
  • Monitor and review public ethics filings of elected and appointed officeholders, as well as candidates for those positions, to identify and disclose potential conflicts of interest.
  • Research, draft and file letters and complaints regarding violations of the ethics laws, where appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 2 years legal experience
  • Active member of the bar in good standing
  • Exceptional writing and analytical skills and ability to write both legal documents and material for a general audience
  • Experience conducting factual investigations or research
  • Proven ability to manage a detail-driven project with diverse stakeholders
  • Commitment to nonpartisan government reform
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team


Compensation and Benefits 

Competitive nonprofit salary and strong benefits package including full coverage of medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as long- and short-term disability, 401(k) retirement plan and employer match, Washington Metro SmartBenefits, and an annual technology allowance. 


To Apply 

Please send a cover letter and resume addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “LEGAL COUNSEL, ETHICS” as the subject line in an email to [email protected]  

Applications that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered. Please no phone calls about this position. 

Deadline to apply: August 20, 2021 


EEO Statement  

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a nondiscriminatory work environment. CLC is proud to be an inclusive organization. It does not make hiring or advancement, or other employment decisions, based on race, national origin, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, familial status or responsibilities, personal appearance, pregnancy, political affiliation, ancestry, military or veteran status, genetic information, disability, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, District of Columbia, or local law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, job assignment, compensation, promotion, termination, benefits, and training. 


Disclaimer: This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all inclusive. The incumbent in this position will be expected to perform other duties as required. Responsibilities may change over time. This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.