Current opening at the National Right to Work Foundation:

  • Staff Attorney
  • Law Clerk Positions

Staff Attorney

About the Organization

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, established in 1968, is a nonprofit, charitable organization. Its mission is to eliminate coercive union power and compulsory unionism abuses through strategic litigation, public information, and education programs. More information about the Foundation’s work can be found at

About the Role

The National Right to Work Foundation Legal Department has an opening for an attorney who would litigate in federal and state courts and before labor relations agencies for workers challenging compulsory unionism arrangements, such as forced union membership or fee requirements and monopoly union representation. The attorney will report to the Foundation’s Vice President & Legal Director and work at the Foundation’s headquarters in Springfield, VA, just outside of Washington, DC.


  • Advising workers who request information about their legal rights concerning compulsory unionism arrangements, including monopoly representation, and evaluating whether their situations call for litigation
  • Legal research on issues related to compulsory unionism, including analysis of proposed legislation’s potential effects on workers’ rights, or procedural issues that arise in cases
  • Handling cases for workers in federal and state courts and before labor relations agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, involving issues of compulsory unionism, often working with other Staff Attorneys
  • Traveling when necessary for such things as discovery and hearings in filed cases


  • Admission to practice in at least one state or the District of Columbia
  • 0-3 years of experience (fellowships and clerkships may be considered experience)
  • Litigation experience, particularly in cases filed with the National Labor Relations Board, is desirable but not required
  • An excellent law school record
  • Law review experience is preferred
  • Strong commitment to individual freedom and free enterprise is necessary
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus but not a prerequisite

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your salary requirement and your interest in the mission of the Foundation
  • One legal writing sample
  • Three professional references, including their relationship to you and an email and phone number to reach each
  • Transcripts of law school and college grades

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Network Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

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. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

2019-2020 Fall, Spring, and Summer Law Clerk Positions

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation provides legal services to protect workers from the abuses of compulsory unionism, and law student clerks will be involved in a variety of tasks intended to serve that purpose. In the clerkship, law students will become familiar with issues under federal labor law and state Right to Work laws, authorized by Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act. Law clerks work directly with staff attorneys, experienced in protecting the legal rights of workers opposed to unionization, who are readily available for guidance, questions, and discussion of ideas regarding cutting-edge constitutional, labor and Right to Work issues.

The clerkship is research-intensive, but also involves other duties, such as drafting legal claims and defenses for staff attorneys’ clients in various forums, ranging from NLRB Regional Offices to U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and, interviewing and counseling, when appropriate, individual workers who seek information and guidance regarding their union-related problems. Ultimately, the law student will be serving the public cause of vindicating individual employee rights, while immersing himself or herself in federal and state labor laws and getting a glimpse at practice and procedure before the NLRB, federal courts, and state administrative agencies, among other forums.

The clerkship is unpaid, but the Foundation will work with a law student’s university so the student can obtain course credit and, when available, funding.

The Foundation is currently accepting applications for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 Law Clerk positions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter, resume, and legal writing sample to Staff Attorney Frank Garrison at