Protect Democracy formed to prevent American democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government.

Protect Democracy was founded in early 2017 by a group of former high-level executive branch officials who served in the White House Counsel’s Office and upper echelons of the Department of Justice and have unique knowledge of the norms that have constrained presidential power for decades and when those in power may be tempted to violate them. As many of us defended past presidents against legitimate oversight and illegitimate attacks, we also know how to leverage tools outside government to prevent the exploitation of power within it. We have since assembled a group of some of the world’s leading experts who have studied how other democracies have declined in the 21st Century as advisers, and are backed by a Harvard Law School clinic, pro bono relationships with many of the country’s leading law firms, and a cross-ideological advisory board ranging from President Obama’s former Solicitor General to former Reagan White House officials.

Protect Democracy Remote
Jun 01, 2021
Full time
​Protect Democracy seeks highly motivated individuals to join our team as counsel. In this role, you will develop and execute legal strategies in key areas relevant to our mission: preventing our democracy from declining toward a more authoritarian form of government. From idea generation through all stages of planning and execution, counsel lead creative impact litigation and other projects that integrate legal, policy, and communications strategies. Counsel manage all aspects of legal projects, whether we are doing the work entirely in-house or partnering with law firms or other organizations. Counsel also have opportunities to draw on our expert and advisory networks for guidance and support and to supervise and mentor law students.  The ideal candidate brings experience as an attorney with entrepreneurial legal instincts and an ability to generate impactful ideas; the ability to stand up and lead impact litigation, from day one, and understand how it fits into broader...