Major, Lindsey & Africa is conducting an exclusive search for a lawyer with more than 7 years of experience in higher education policy and a depth of knowledge in federal law and policy to serve as a Senior Legal and Policy Advisor in the DC office of EducationCounsel, a Nelson Mullins affiliate. Experience addressing issues associated with student and faculty diversity and inclusion in higher education, including legal challenges associated with affirmative action, is a plus. The ideal candidate will lead projects designed to advance work on complex higher education policy and legal issues, with intersecting client/sector management issues. This work will involve issues of student access, diversity, equity and inclusion; faculty diversity; and institutional quality. This lawyer will be poised to influence institutional performance and post-secondary outcomes on a national scale. Please send resumes and cover letters to Randi Lewis at [email protected].
EducationCounsel, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP (Nelson Mullins), is seeking a forward-thinking and collaborative lawyer to serve as a Senior Legal and Policy Advisor. This critical role will lead projects designed to advance work on complex higher education policy and legal issues, with intersecting client/sector management issues. The relevant portfolio is expected to center on issues of student access, diversity, equity and inclusion; faculty diversity; and institutional quality. By serving as a strategic policy and legal advisor to a wide array of decision makers (e.g., institutions of higher education, national organizations, foundation leaders, academic and professional disciplinary societies, and nonprofit executives) on a variety of critical higher education topics, this person will be poised to influence institutional performance and postsecondary outcomes on a national scale.
EducationCounsel, in affiliation with Nelson Mullins, serves as a strategic consultant to education leaders and policy makers. By offering an integrated suite of services including policy, strategy, advocacy, and law, and partnering with leaders across all levels (e.g., associations, foundations, non-for-profits, states, districts, and universities), EducationCounsel helps clients achieve their goals of enhancing the quality of the nation's education systems, closing achievement gaps, and expanding access to educational opportunities throughout the education pipeline from birth to college and career access and completion.
Washington, D.C. This is a national search.
Competitive base commensurate with experience.
Minimum of seven (7) years of relevant legal practice, with more preferred, including preference for BIGLAW or rigorous in-house training and a demonstrated orientation and depth of experience in higher education policy. Substantial experience representing colleges or universities is a plus. This is an ideal opportunity for an attorney who has a strong education policy orientation and depth of knowledge in federal law and policy and strategic planning; project management experience; and strong verbal, writing and facilitation skills.
Having experience in issues associated with student and faculty diversity and inclusion in higher education, including with respect to legal challenges associated with affirmative action, is a plus. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to advancing access and diversity-related goals, closing opportunity gaps, as well as to eliminating systemic societal inequity based on race, ethnicity, gender and other identities that create barriers for individuals of talent and promise in higher education.
Admission to one state bar is required. District of Columbia Bar admission is preferred. Ability to apply promptly and gain admission to the District of Columbia Bar is required.
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