American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

Associate General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel

Based in Washington, DC


Associate General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel

Location: Washington, DC
Management Grade 9
Salary: $102,558 – $175,409

AFSCME is one of the largest, most diverse unions in the country, with 1.4 million members devoted to public service. We are a leader in racial, social and economic justice within the labor movement and beyond. The Office of the General Counsel is integral to advancing AFSCME’s mission and is looking for an exceptional attorney to join us in our fight to improve and expand workers’ rights. Our department provides legal representation and advice to the officers and staff of the International Union and to AFSCME councils and locals throughout the nation. We support AFSCME leaders and staff to address a variety of legal issues, which include solving issues arising under state and federal law; providing support to organizing campaigns; supporting political action and legislative programs; providing advice and assistance on internal governance matters and union democracy; and supporting and forwarding litigation. Emphasis is directed at legal issues involving organizing the unorganized and on legal issues of nationwide concern to AFSCME and its members.


  • Advises AFSCME and its affiliates, officers and staff concerning legal rights and obligations.
  • Provides legal advice to all departments, and assistance to affiliates’ lawyers.
  • Works with International officers and staff to advance programs and policies of AFSCME.
  • In collaboration with outside counsel, develops, initiates, assists and defends litigation in state and federal courts and state and federal administrative agencies; represents AFSCME and its affiliates and members before courts and administrative agencies.
  • Supports organizing and other strategic campaigns.
  • Supports internal bodies in matters involving democratic governance, participation and other internal issues.
  • Performs legal research and prepares legal briefs and memoranda.
  • Negotiates contracts and handles other transactional matters.
  • Conducts legal trainings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the General Counsel or the designee.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited law school; one or more years of relevant legal experience; admission (or pending admission) to a bar; and any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities, and demonstrates a strong commitment to progressive causes.
  • Proficiency in working with Westlaw, Excel and applicable Microsoft Office applications.
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with diverse groups of people and promoting institutional equity.


  • Prepare legal briefs, develop legal strategy and arguments; represent clients in court and other administrative proceedings.
  • Advise officers, affiliates, and other member clients concerning internal affairs.
  • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations affecting labor unions.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of law clerks and support staff.
  • Work well with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and experiences within the department, throughout the union, and with counterparts in other unions or allied organizations.

Travel and work hours:

  • Work is performed in our office at AFSCME Headquarters and not remotely.
  • Some travel and extended work hours may be required.
  • Extended work hours may be required.


  • Competitive salary based on years of experience.

To Apply:
Send letter of interest, résumé and two writing samples by email to: recruiting@afscme.org. Applicants with less than three years of full-time attorney experience must also include a law school transcript.

Posting Date: 9/7/2022

AFSCME is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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