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Legislative Counsel

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a Legislative Counsel for the Animal Protection Litigation department. The main responsibility of this position is to draft, edit, review HSUS-sponsored state and federal legislation, initiatives and other ballot measures.

This position will be responsible for:

  • Providing advice on legislation, initiatives and other related matters to other departments and to governmental staff in state and federal legislatures and agencies when appropriate.
  • Reviewing, drafting, and providing comments on HSUS-sponsored legislation, initiatives and other ballot measures;
  • Reviewing current state and federal statuses and regulations and their impact on HSUS-sponsored legislation, initiatives and ballot measures;
  • Conducting legal research on legislative matters and providing assistance in the legal defense of local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and initiatives and other ballot measures;
  • Assisting in implementing litigation and other legal campaigns on behalf of animals;
  • Reviewing developments in constitutional and other law, commonly affecting legislation to broaden knowledge base and expertise;
  • Interfacing with pro-bono and outside counsel on limited matters.


  • Juris Doctor degree required;
  • Minimum of 2 or more years of experience in the legal field required;
  • Must have State and Federal legislation experience;
  • Must have excellent written, verbal, and research skills;
  • Must have strong time-management skills and be able to manage own projects;
  • Excellent analytical abilities and capable of understanding complex and detailed bill language;
  • Knowledge of legislative procedures and constitutional and other laws commonly affecting legislation.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in Washington, DC.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EOE

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