Staff Attorney

Position: Staff Attorney, Young America’s Foundation

Location: Reston, Virginia

Opening: Immediate

Young America’s Foundation is leading the fight for students’ rights on campus. The staff attorney will play an important role in building upon and expanding YAF’s crucial work in this area.

In 2018, after more than 18 months of litigation, YAF scored a major First Amendment victory over the University of California, Berkeley. The Foundation’s important work on this issue inspired the Justice Department to act—filing a statement of interest in the Berkeley case—and elevated a national conversation about free speech rights on campus.

Through Foundation’s Censorship Exposed project, YAF is utilizing freedom of information laws to expose viewpoint discrimination and bias on campus.

As a result, YAF is opening doors for conservative ideas in America’s schools.

As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, YAF leverages its robust campus lecture program and essential conferences to inspire students with the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

The staff attorney will report directly to the General Counsel of Young America’s Foundation.


The staff attorney will work in close collaboration with the General Counsel to protect students’ rights on high school and college campuses. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conducting legal research, reviewing contracts, writing, editing, public speaking, filing public record requests with public colleges and universities and reviewing documents responsive to these requests, analyzing campus speech codes, and tracking campus free speech legislation.

Education and Experience:

Juris Doctor

  • Must have an active bar license
  • Experience (including internships) in the practice of law is a plus


  • Committed to and enthusiastic about Young America’s Foundation’s mission and
  • Strong legal research and writing skills
  • Willing to travel
  • Self-motivated and capable of accomplishing tasks with minimal supervision
  • Must be detail oriented and organized
  • Ability to work as a collaborative, constructive team member
    Preference given to candidates with history of activity in our programs

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Application: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, professional references, and salary history to:

Jessica Jensen
Young America’s Foundation
11480 Commerce Park Drive, 6th Floor
Reston, Virginia 20191
Fax: 703-318-9122

*Incomplete applications (i.e. those suggesting references upon request) will not be considered.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only complete and direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

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