Legal Associate

PETA India – Delhi, Delhi

To assist with strategising and coordinating PETA India litigation at various forums, including in cooperation with outside counsel

To ensure that PETA India staff members are operating with sound knowledge of the law and using the strongest legal arguments to advance and meet our objectives

To prepare casework against individuals or organisations responsible for cruelty to animals

Term of Employment:

Full-time

Reports to:

Legal adviser

Location:

Delhi

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

Draft in-house legal documents and pleadings

Conduct legal research for ongoing and proposed litigation

Manage in-house litigations and coordinate with outside counsel, as assigned

Ensure regular, timely reporting on the progress of litigation to the supervisor

Assist with and, when required, lead PETA India’s litigation to advance animal protection under the law, including by coordinating with outside counsel and appearing in court

Under supervision, identify and manage relations with outside legal counsel on various matters

Prepare and send legal notices to individuals and organisations breaking animal-protection laws

Assist in exercising due diligence, including by maintaining clear records of correspondence and court-related documents

Ensure that the organisation’s work conforms with legal requirements

Meet with outside counsel and others, as required by individual cases and as requested

Write letters to and meet with law-enforcement officials in order to persuade them to act in cases of cruelty to animals

Draft and coordinate official letters, Right to Information Act requests, reports, and other documents as needed

Ensure PETA India staff members are operating with sound knowledge of the law and using the strongest legal arguments to advance and meet our objectives

Conduct media interviews, including on camera, and carry out other public-speaking engagements about specific cases as well as PETA India’s policy advocacy work and campaigns

Provide campaigners, researchers, investigators, and caseworkers with legal support

Research, interpret, and apply pertinent central government and state statutes, regulations, and case law

Report on weekly developments in all significant matters as well as future courses of action and related deadlines

Monitor issues and cases for potential legal action

Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from a university recognised by The Bar Council of India

Two to three years of litigation experience preferred

Good standing to practise law

Ability to travel for PETA litigation

Preferred experience in animal rights law or a related field

Thorough knowledge of animal rights issues and PETA campaigns

Proven excellent legal research and writing skills

Proven excellent strategic-thinking and analytical skills

Proven ability to handle multiple tasks within strict time constraints

Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle

Support for PETA’s philosophy and the ability to advocate PETA’s positions on issues in a professional manner

Commitment to the objectives of the organisation

Fluent in Hindi

Knowledge of other local Indian languages a plus

How to Apply:

To apply for a position with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, please send your cover letter and CV to [email protected] or complete this form .

 

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