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Public Policy Counsel


The Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) is seeking a lawyer with civil litigation experience and a penchant for the policymaking process to join a small but impactful team in a fast-paced, in-house counsel role in Sacramento, California.

Founded in 1979, CJAC is the state’s premier legal reform advocacy organization with a mission to fight excessive and abusive civil litigation in the legislature, regulatory arena, and the courts. We are a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based association made up of California businesses from a wide variety of industries.

Position Description

The Public Policy Counsel will support CJAC’s public policy efforts with a heavy emphasis on writing, research, and analysis but will also have some opportunity to serve in a junior advocate role. The position will report to the President and work closely with both the President and the Vice President and Counsel, Public Policy.

Essential Responsibilities
  • Review, analyze and research civil liability implications of legislative and regulatory proposals spanning a variety of subject areas including civil procedure, privacy, warranty, asbestos, environment, unfair competition, product liability, disability access, and labor and employment.
  • Alert and obtain feedback from CJAC member companies and partner organizations on civil liability impacts of proposed legislative and regulatory proposals.
  • Make recommendations on bill positions to CJAC’s President and Legislative Committee.
  • Draft and submit position letters, comments, talking points, fact sheets, op-eds, and white papers on legislative or legal issues in support of advocacy and education efforts.
  • Monitor legislative and regulatory hearings and meetings for developments on legislative and regulatory proposals or other significant activity.
  • Prepare bill descriptions and maintain and track bill positions, statuses and deadlines in bill tracking software.
  • Lead or assist with business coalitions and working groups on legislative or policy issues.
  • Draft legislative proposals and proposed amendments to bills.
  • Prepare content for legislative and appellate e-newsletters and CJAC’s website.
  • Prepare and deliver trainings and presentations on legislative issues and legal prevention to CJAC members, small businesses and at conferences.
  • Prepare and file legal pleadings in connection with litigation or research and lead or assist with occasional court challenges.
  • Track and research significant civil liability developments including state and national litigation and court trends.
  • Meet with elected or appointed members and staff in the legislature, Governor’s Office, and regulatory agencies.
  • Testify before legislative and regulatory bodies and arrange expert witnesses.
  • Present reports and updates on legislative and other public policy developments to the CJAC Board and membership.
  • Represent CJAC at public and political functions as appropriate.
  • Provide general legal support as needed for organization operations.
Desired Skills and Qualifications
  • Admitted to practice law in California
  • At least three years of civil litigation experience
  • Passion for legal writing, research, and analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to effectively convey complex legal issues to both legal and non-legal audiences
  • Experience giving legal and lawsuit prevention trainings
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Strong work ethic, high-energy, and self-starter
  • Familiarity with California legislative process
  • Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong people skills and relationship-building ability
  • Bilingual a plus
Employment Type
  • Full-time
  • Based in Sacramento, California
  • Health and retirement benefits
  • Compensation $90-110K/annually DOE
  • Some travel required.
Application Process

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and two recent legal writing samples to Please make the subject of the email Public Policy Counsel Applicant and your name.

The Civil Justice Association of California is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted 9/14/21

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