Staff Attorney

National Advocates for Pregnant Women | New York (Remote temporarily), New York, Other


National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) is a New York City-based 501c3 non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to protect the rights and human dignity of all people, focusing on pregnant and parenting women and those who are most likely to be targeted for state control and punishment, including low-income women, women of color, and drug-using women. NAPW works to ensure that women do not lose their constitutional and human rights as a result of pregnancy; that addiction and other health challenges they face during pregnancy are addressed as health issues, not as crimes; that families are not needlessly separated based on medical misinformation; and that pregnant and parenting women have access to a full range of reproductive health services, as well as non-punitive drug treatment services.

Our work encompasses litigation, litigation support, and legal advocacy; local and national organizing; and public policy development, public education, and outreach. Two principles guide all NAPW activities: (1) to build bridges and align agendas across diverse public health, social justice, and civil rights movements, and (2) to leverage and connect local organizing and activism with national advocacy and policy work.

Job Summary

NAPW seeks a Staff Attorney with criminal or family defense work, and/or impact and complex litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels to assist in holistic legal advocacy and litigation [with a demonstrated commitment to organizing and public education as key/essential features of successful legal work]. 

Working collaboratively with NAPW’s legal and programmatic team, external counsel, experts, and state-based advocates, the staff attorney will perform a variety of functions both independently and in a team environment, including providing legal analysis and advice regarding cases as well as policy proposals, developing and litigating significant new and existing cases around the country, supporting local counsel, serving as appellate counsel, and using cases, where appropriate, as public education and organizing opportunities.

Reports To

The Staff Attorney position reports to the Deputy Executive Director and also receives direction and mentoring from the Executive Director.


Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Conducting legal research and drafting legal memoranda, motion papers, and briefs;
  • Contributing to NAPW reports, publications, proposals and practice manuals;
  • Organizing and participating in conferences, meetings, and education events relevant to NAPW issues and interests;
  • Developing knowledge and legal analyses of cases where women have been prosecuted in relationship to their pregnancies including for having or attempting to have an abortion, experiencing a stillbirth or miscarriage, or continuing to term in a manner believed to create a risk of harm;
  • Working with NAPW staff and allies to understand the full range of existing criminal laws and other mechanisms being used to control and punish pregnant women;
  • Identifying and outreaching to experts and amici; drafting amicus and organizing briefs;
  • Developing relationships with state-based advocates and organizations who can engage in ongoing advocacy and provide expertise to help win cases;
  • Developing new cases and/or policy change strategies in a holistic fashion, considering and incorporating organizing and public education;
  • Communicating and working effectively with external audiences such as the news media, government officials, and coalition partners;
  • Representing NAPW at conferences, speaking engagements, and with the media.


Minimum qualifications include:

  • J.D. Degree and membership in good standing of at least one (1) state bar;
  • 4 - 7 years of litigation and advocacy experience as an attorney;
  • Knowledge of and experience in reproductive health, rights, and justice; civil rights and racial justice; drug policy reform; family defense; women’s rights; and/or birth rights/justice.  
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Exceptional legal research and writing skills and an ability to do creative legal research, writing, and advocacy; comfort working within the organization’s collaborative approach to writing;
  • An ability to read, understand and synthesize medical and social science research material;
  • Willingness to do the work needed to build effective teams and relationships across diverse issues and communities;
  • Ability to manage time efficiently, maintain a flexible schedule and travel as needed for case work, court appearances, training, conferences, and presentations;
  • Full fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish or another language is highly desirable;
  • Proficiency in using Mac OS platform MS Office Suite, with familiarity or trainability in other software applications, social media platforms, and databases and research tools.


SALARY RANGE:            $83,000-$97,000 annually, based on experience

BENEFITS INCLUDE:     Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance and AD&D; FSA; Commuter Benefits; 403(b) Retirement Plan with matching; Paid Time Off; Paid Parental Leave; Professional Development assistance


PRACTICE AREAS:  Reproductive, economic, racial and social justice; women’s rights; birth justice/rights; human rights; constitutional law (experience in the following areas a plus: criminal law, family defense; LGBTQ rights; trial and appellate work)


****COVID-19 NOTICE****

Due to the Pandemic, NAPW is at present a completely remote workforce. This position is normally in-office. If the successful candidate is hired while the staff is still remote, we will work with that candidate to ensure that they have the tools, equipment, and digital on-boarding to be successfully integrated into our remote work environment. All staff will transition to onsite when the office reopens.

How to Apply


1.      Cover Letter which must include all of the following elements:

        a) Your personal and professional motivation for seeking this position.

        b) A discussion of what makes you the ideal/best candidate for this position.

        c) Explain how your skill sets and experience best demonstrate your strategic approach.

         d) If relevant to you, the identities, perspectives, and experiences that you would bring to NAPW that are important to you and/or relevant to our work.

        e) Indicate where you found this job announcement.

2.      Resumé.

3.      Two (2) Writing Samples solely reflecting applicant’s own work consisting of both:

         a) *One non- legal advocacy writing sample such as an article, commentary or blog.

         b) One legal writing sample (i.e., a legal brief, argument or analysis) consisting of no more than ten pages of text.

         [*NOTE: If you do not have a non-legal advocacy writing sample, please submit two legal writing samples.]

 4.      Three (3) professional references.



All submissions must be sent via email only to: with the subject line: Staff Attorney (2021)

National Advocates for Pregnant Women

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