Legal Advocacy Regulatory Counsel

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The ASPCA is seeking an experienced regulatory attorney with excellent legal and technical writing skills to join our staff as Legal Advocacy Regulatory Counsel (“Counsel”). This role represents an exciting opportunity to significantly improve legal protections for animals and the potential to see how your work can impact animal policy at a national level.

Counsel will work under the supervision of the department’s Senior Counsel and will provide legal support and policy guidance to other ASPCA departments to improve legal protections for animals and ensure that the organization’s regulatory work is consistent with the policies, positions, and organizational goals of the ASPCA.

Our Legal Advocacy team also provides “Second Chair” legal assistance to prosecutors, police, and cruelty investigators around the country to help ensure successful prosecution of animal cruelty and fighting cases.

This remote-based position (which requires travel, as described below) is open to all candidates based within the United States. Counsel may work from a home office anywhere in the country or from the ASPCA’s 8th Avenue office in New York City. Candidates based within commuting distance of New York City will be expected to commute to our New York City 8th Avenue office once a week.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Department Advising (60%)

  • Under the supervision of Senior Counsel, serve as legal counsel to the Government Relations team and other departments engaged in regulatory work
  • Evaluate and provide assessments of regulations proposed by relevant agencies
  • Draft internal memos and recommendations concerning proposed regulations
  • Draft petitions for rulemaking, proposed regulations, regulatory comments, legislative/regulatory testimony, and other communications with federal and state agencies
  • In coordination with other members of the department, draft and submit FOIA requests and appeals, track agency responses and response times, and connect with federal and state agencies to obtain timely responses.

Identification of Litigation Opportunities (30%)

  • Assume substantial responsibility for proactively identifying litigation opportunities arising out of regulatory matters and FOIA requests and for developing and litigating such cases
  • Review and analyze regulations affecting animal welfare
  • Identify and track regulatory developments in the animal welfare field and assist with establishing the organization’s regulatory priorities and strategy

Program Administration (10%)

  • Collect and report program data
  • Assist in supervision of pro bono counsel and legal interns
  • As time permits, Counsel may also assist with other legislative research and analysis, civil litigation, amicus curiae briefs, and criminal cases.
  • Assist the department’s “Second Chair” program, which provides legal support to other ASPCA departments and local law enforcement and prosecutors involved in animal cruelty and fighting cases.

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values:

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals


  • Juris Doctor Degree required


  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience with regulatory law and litigation.

Additional Information:

  • On call availability (evenings and weekends)
  • Admission to the bar in at least one state required
  • Admission to practice in at least one federal court required
  • Moderate (~10%) travel required (Please note, travel requirements may be modified temporarily due in part to COVID-19; this remains a requirement of the position, and we expect normal travel volume to resume as the organization resumes normal operations)
  • Candidates selected to advance in the interview process will be required to submit a writing sample


Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, Excellent communication and negotiation skills, Excellent legal writing, research, and oral advocacy skills, Experience working for or with one or more federal regulatory agencies preferred, Familiarity with the Animal Welfare Act and national animal welfare issues, Strong computer skills (including familiarity with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, document organization and deposition summary software), Working knowledge of the Administrative Procedures Act and the Freedom of Information Act



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Doctorate: Law (Required)


COVID Statement:
The ASPCA strives to maintain a COVID-free workplace. To that end, being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment for all ASPCA employees, including new hires, except where prohibited by applicable state or local law. The ASPCA makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that prohibit a person from being vaccinated.

Our EEO Policy:

The ASPCA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, age, marital or domestic partner status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.

Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws.  A reasonable accommodation is a change in the ASPCA’s standard application process, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the ASPCA.  Please inform the ASPCA’s People Team if you need an accommodation in order to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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ASPCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).

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About Us:
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans and must be protected under the law. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States.

The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, where we maintain a full-service animal hospital, spay/neuter clinic, mobile spay/neuter and primary pet care clinics, a rehabilitation center for canine victims of cruelty, kitten nursery, adoption center, and two community veterinary centers.

The ASPCA also operates programs and services that extend nationwide. We assist animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources.

At the ASPCA, we are committed to fostering a collaborative and compassionate culture and we welcome all voices to contribute to our lifesaving mission. Our staff represent a vast array of backgrounds and diversity dimensions, bringing with them valuable experiences and perspectives. They join the ASPCA to learn, grow, and continually do their best work on behalf of animals. We are inspired by our staff, partners, and the communities we support across the country who work to improve animal lives. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the ASPCA because it elevates our organizational culture, aligns with our Core Values, and enables us to move further and faster toward the ASPCA’s vision – that all animals live good lives; valued by society, protected by its laws, and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.