Attorney & Legal Policy Fellow – Competitive Enterprise Institute – Washington, DC - America's Future

February 8, 2021

Attorney & Legal Policy Fellow – Competitive Enterprise Institute – Washington, DC

Competitive Enterprise Institute
February 8, 2021
DC, Washington DC
Job Type


Attorney & Legal Policy Fellow

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Washington, D.C.

About CEI:

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. We believe economic freedom is essential for entrepreneurship, innovation, and prosperity to flourish. CEI pursues a full-service approach to advancing public policy, which includes conducting original scholarly research, active communications campaigns, direct advocacy with policymakers, and litigation. Founded in 1984, CEI has grown into an effective advocate for freedom on a wide range of critical policy issues, including technology, telecommunications, free market environmentalism, employment policy, business and finance, health care, and consumer products regulation. CEI’s law and litigation program is integrated into other policy campaigns and has won key successes through challenges to regulation, statutes, and executive authority.

About the Attorney & Legal Policy Fellow Opening:

CEI seeks an Attorney & Legal Policy Fellow to develop a new issue project and to augment CEI’s existing litigation capabilities. The project would focus on civil asset forfeiture. Ideal candidates for the position should have some litigation experience. Just as importantly, they should be able to develop and advocate public policy proposals, formulate regulatory filings, and develop materials for non-legal audiences such as congressional staff, news media, and the general public. The chosen candidate will build and maintain relationships with lawmakers and their staff, the public interest legal community, and other allies. The position is part of a growing Center for Law and Litigation and is integrated with CEI’s media and government relations team.

The initial focus of this position will be on a new issue campaign involving civil asset forfeiture. It would involve such tasks as developing reform proposals, surveying ongoing litigation in the field and identifying where CEI participation would be useful, becoming familiar with existing scholarship on the issue, monitoring legislative developments at the federal and state level, and investigating how to coordinate the work of organizations and individuals nationwide on the issue.

Consistent with CEI’s advocacy for a rule of law and relying on insights from public choice and law and economics, CEI seeks to reform the institutions and incentives underlying civil asset forfeiture. We will launch the campaign in early 2021, and the candidate selected for the role should expect to devote approximately 75 percent of his or her time to the issue for at least 20-30 months.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the position is approved for remote work at this time. We expect a gradual return to normal operations throughout 2021 and, once public health concerns have abated, the Attorney & Legal Policy Fellow will be expected to work out of CEI’s downtown-Washington offices with work from home potentially available 1-2 days per week.

The position reports to the CEI general counsel, and there is room for growth.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Track, analyze and produce policy documents on legal and regulatory issues – principally relating to civil asset forfeiture.
  • Manage issues related to civil asset forfeiture reform with a primary focus on federal legislative efforts
  • Contribute ideas and research to the development of CEI’s litigation portfolio and, from time to time, collaborate on cases in this portfolio
  • Write op-eds, briefing papers, and studies; contribute to the CEI blog; and make radio, television, and public appearances as needed to promote CEI’s issue agenda
  • Schedule and attend meetings among key policymakers
  • Attend congressional and ally coalition meetings in coordination with CEI’s government affairs team
  • Write and submit congressional testimony
  • Write and submit comments to state legislatures, as appropriate
  • Produce CEI research and policy work for key audiences on Capitol Hill, in the executive branch and among potential allies
  • Keep CEI staff informed of relevant legislative and policy developments


  • At least three years of litigation experience required
  • The ideal candidate likely will have three-to-seven years of experience working in Congress, the executive branch, or public interest law
  • Strong writing, communications, and organizational skills required
  • Passion for CEI’s mission


If you believe that this position may be a good fit, these words will describe you:

  • You have excellent oral communication, writing and editing abilities. Any type of strong writing skills will be considered, but legislative and/or public affairs experience provides added benefit.
  • Detail Oriented. You are relentless about accuracy with regard to content and value good writing style.
  • Team Player. You will be on a team of committed individuals within the Center for Law and Litigation and also be expected to work with members of other centers within CEI. You demonstrate a cheerful willingness to work with, not just alongside, colleagues who bring various skills, experiences, and perspectives to CEI’s mission.
  • You are eager to learn new things and couple that with an open attitude toward the mundane nature of some research tasks.
  • Self-starter. You are willing and able to jump into project management. You know when to ask for help, but, once trained, you don’t need hand-holding. You’re comfortable receiving increasing autonomy to manage your own work and important processes.
  • Multi-Tasker. You thrive in an environment that sometimes demands multi-tasking.
  • You are able to focus on specific tasks for as long as necessary. While skilled at multi-tasking, you know how to avoid being distracted. You drive yourself to get the job done right and on time.
  • Curious and Policy-Minded. You like public policy and are curious enough to enjoy the challenge of taking complex policy ideas and distilling them in ways that are both factually accurate and interesting to external audiences.
  • You enjoy planning and executing complex processes.
  • Deadline Driven. You are deadline-driven. Making the trains run on time and meeting deadlines are simply part of your DNA.
  • You easily maintain a positive, flexible attitude whenever needs or priorities shift.
  • You are, politically libertarian or conservative and can discuss your philosophical alignment with CEI’s mission and vision. Please see the CEI website,, for a deeper understanding of the organization’s policy agenda.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position, interest in CEI’s mission, and salary requirements
  • Resume
  • Two Writing Samples (no more than three pages long each); writing samples relevant to CEI’s legal, economic, and regulatory work preferred
  • Three or more professional and/or personal references

Submit your application to Talent Market via this link:

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Talent Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected].

Only direct applications will be considered. 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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