Civil Beat Law Center Staff Attorney

The Law Center seeks a permanent full-time or part-time staff attorney in Honolulu, Hawai`i.  The staff attorney reports to the Executive Director and works on a wide range of matters, including informal drafting assistance and advice for public records requesters and individuals attending government meetings; giving educational presentations and preparing education materials; representing clients or the Law Center in litigation, administrative appeals, and discussions with government officials; research studies and data analysis projects; website and social media administration and communications; training law students and recent law school graduates; guidance and concern letters to government agencies; coalition building; and occasional lobbying.  The staff attorney will be expected to work collaboratively and think proactively about projects that advance the Law Center’s mission.

Employment is subject to a six-month probationary period, and continued employment would be contingent on admission to the Hawai`i bar within one year of the start date.


Primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Trial court and appellate litigation
  • Fact research, legal analysis, and drafting to investigate, respond to, and advise members of the public regarding transparency concerns
  • Public speaking
  • Tracking legislation
  • Responding to calls to the Law Center’s hotline


  • Five years litigation experience with a preference for candidates who have some appellate litigation experience
  • Member of the Hawai`i bar or eligible to be admitted to the Hawai`i bar
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Able to communicate complex legal issues clearly and succinctly
  • Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate with diverse personalities in a multicultural environment
  • Interest in promoting open government
  • Self-motivated and detail-oriented
  • Integrity, good judgment, and strong interpersonal skills
  • Travel may be required
  • No prior knowledge of public records or open meetings laws required


Salary commensurate with experience ($100,000 – $150,000) with access to a competitive benefits package.


Submit a cover letter, résumé, writing sample, law school transcript, and contact information for three references to Brian Black by e-mail at


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.