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Come Work At Lawfare!

By Benjamin Wittes
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:46 AM

I’m excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for a new Associate Editor at Lawfare.

This is a highly demanding role. It's a research assistantship at Brookings. But it's also a dual-hatted role in which a significant amount of the position’s work involves being part of Lawfare’s editorial staff, helping with the care and feeding of the site's voracious appetite, and assisting with the smooth functioning of its editorial process. There is also a lot of great writing opportunity for the right person.

Details for the position are posted below and on the Brookings website, through which candidates must apply in order to be considered:


The Research Assistant assists with the maintenance and publication of Lawfare, a national security law website, in the Governance Studies (GS) program at The Brookings Institution. Provides research and administrative assistance on a diverse array of projects connected with the legal framework of American national security policy. Undertakes research assignments with minimal supervision, draft summaries of findings, and assists with preparation of publications. Collaborates with GS Communication staff on matters pertaining to public/private events and GS Development staff on matters pertaining to donor proposals.


Editorial and Research Assistance (60%)

  • With guidance from Senior Fellow, researches and collects documents and information from various sources (government agencies, universities, libraries, database, Internet, non-profit organizations, etc.) on relevant topics for publication on Lawfare.
  • Collects and prepares data from various sources for qualitative analysis, drafting and summarization of information.
  • Provides editing and review assistance in preparation for publication.
  • Work with Lawfare editorial team to ensure content is up-to-date and accurate, publish and design content, and perform other site maintenance duties as necessary.
  • Proofread, update, and fact-check existing data and footnotes; finalize documents in preparation for publication.

Administrative Support (40%)

  • Coordinates logistics for Lawfare and Brookings project. This includes scheduling guests on the Lawfare podcast, identifying dates for presentation, coordinating calls and communication with external authors to the Lawfare blog.
  • Assists with scheduling and coordinating internal and external events and meetings for Senior Fellow.
  • Collaborates with development and communications staff as needed, including confirming fellow or senior fellow availability and interests, recent publications and activity, and relevance of recent work to various external requests for information.
  • Provides administrative support for the Brookings Cybersecurity Project and other Lawfare and Brookings projects, as needed.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in political science, government, or a related field required. Academic background in constitutional law, the judiciary, or legal questions surrounding security issues is highly preferable. Demonstrated interest in the law desired. Interest in issues pertaining to national security required desirable.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Outstanding writing, analytical, and research skills, demonstrated through prior relevant research experience. Journalism experience preferred. Ability to write clearly and with minimal supervision is required. Thorough knowledge of library and online research resources and capacity to conduct independent research is a must. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and organizational skills are also required, as well as ability to take initiative and work in a fast-paced environment. Basic familiarity with Word Press or PHP is a plus.

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.