July 10, 2018

Director, Mississippi Justice Institute

Mississippi Center for Public Policy
July 10, 2018
Jackson, Mississippi
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Director, Mississippi Justice Institute
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Jackson, MS

About MCPP and the Mississippi Justice Institute

Our mission at the Mississippi Center for Public Policy is to advance the constitutional ideals of liberty and justice for all Mississippians by employing an evidenced-based approach to public policy whereby we advocate real conservative ideas with policy makers, members of the media, business leaders, the academic community, and private citizens.

Our vision is for Mississippi to be a place where entrepreneurs are free to pursue their dreams, parents are free to direct the education and upbringing of their children, citizens are free to express their conscience, government is limited, personal liberty and responsibility are treasured, free market solutions are preferred, and as many people as possible are free from dependence on government.

Our Beliefs are clear, simple and powerful:
Limited Government (the constitution is our guide)
Free Markets (competition and consumer choice produce the best outcomes)
Strong Families (the wellspring of a civil society)
Individual Liberty (personal, economic, religious)
Personal Responsibility (a requirement of individual liberty)

After 25 years of advancing these causes, MCPP is entering into a new era of greater leadership in the lives of all Mississippians across the Magnolia State. We are preparing to fully leverage our past policy accomplishments and to accelerate our advocacy so we can take on the enemies of liberty - in whatever form they take. Whenever and wherever entrepreneurs, parents, families and citizens are prevented from reaching for the lives they have imagined, we’ll be on the job aggressively defending those Mississippians - including taking action to protect constitutional rights through the Mississippi Justice Institute.

About the Opening
The Director of the Mississippi Justice Institute serves as the head of the legal arm of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. The Director is tasked with:
Initiating litigation aligned with the values of MCPP. This means filing cases that would limit the regulations that apply to Mississippians and their businesses, guarantee open government, protect Mississippians’ constitutional rights (particularly as it relates to religious liberty, property rights, and First Amendment rights), etc. The Director must:
evaluate case ideas,
identify clients,
draft and file court documents,
recruit pro bono assistance from other attorneys,
manage discovery,
handle appeals,
conduct legal research,
and carry out the other typical tasks associated with litigation.
The Director may also intervene in existing lawsuits involving other parties.
Drafting amicus briefs expressing views aligned with MCPP values.
Participating in administrative proceedings to exert pressure for limited regulation.
Drafting and sending demand letters to government bodies to threaten litigation or encourage compliance with the law or the constitution.
Communicating the activities of MJI to the world via social media, videos, interviews in the press, drafting opinion pieces, and other avenues.
Fundraising. Along with the other staff of MCPP, the Director will make donor visits and calls. The Director will also work to cultivate new donors.
Serving as the general counsel for MCPP.

In addition to these activities, the Director will be called on to travel, both for litigation in courtrooms around the state and nationally to conferences of other public interest legal organizations. Expected travel: roughly 25%.

5+ years of litigation experience
Experience with Constitutional law or public interest law is preferred but not required
Licensed to practice law in Mississippi
Alignment with MCPP’s mission; passion for limited government and free markets
Solid writing skills (brief writing experience)
Strong organizational skills and detail-orientation; ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
Entrepreneurial spirit; desire to learn and grow
Positive attitude and eagerness to work as a member of a high energy/high growth team
Competitive spirit; desire to succeed; commitment to excellence
Preference for action and initiative
Aversion to drama, procrastination, and other unproductive activities

To Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file:

Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and MCPP/MJI’s mission, as well as salary requirements

PDF applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions about the opening can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.

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. No phone calls please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

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