American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

Associate General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel

Based in Washington, DC


Associate General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
Location: Washington, DC
Management Grade 9
Starting Salary:  $100,094

This position provides legal representation and advice to the officers and staff of the International Union and to AFSCME councils and locals throughout the nation. AFSCME is one of the largest, most diverse unions in the country, with over 1.4 million members in both the public and private sectors. AFSCME is a majority-minority and majority female union, and has been a leader in racial, social and economic justice within the labor movement and society at large. The legal department consists of seven attorneys and is integral to advancing AFSCME’s mission. Incumbent may work with AFSCME officers, affiliate leaders, and staff to address a variety of legal issues, which include legislative drafting or technical support; addressing legal issues arising under state and federal law; and providing advice and assistance on internal governance issues.  Emphasis is directed at legal issues involving organizing the unorganized and on legal issues of nationwide concern to AFSCME and its members. Our office engages in litigation before federal and state courts at all levels, as well as administrative agencies. 


  • Advises AFSCME and its affiliates, officers and staff concerning legal rights, obligations and privileges.  
  • Provides assistance to affiliate’s lawyers. Works with International officers and staff to advance programs and policies of AFSCME. 
  • Develops, initiates, assists and defends litigation in state and federal courts and state and federal administrative agencies; and addresses labor relations and constitutional questions.
  • Represents AFSCME and its affiliates and members before courts and administrative agencies.
  • Examines legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting a lawsuit.
  • Provides legal assistance to AFSCME affiliates on issues arising out of internal union issues.
  • Performs legal research and prepares legal briefs and memoranda.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the General Counsel or her designee.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited law school; up to seven years of relevant legal experience, admission to bar and membership in good standing; and any combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities, including knowledge and experience working with labor unions. Relevant legal experience may include labor, employment, civil rights and/or campaign finance or elections law.
  • Proficiency in working with Westlaw, Excel and applicable Microsoft Office applications.
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with diverse groups of people and promoting institutional equity.    


  • Ability to prepare legal briefs, develop legal strategy and arguments; and to represent clients in court and other administrative proceedings.
  • Ability to advise officers, affiliates, and other member clients concerning internal affairs; ability to confer with colleagues in areas of specialty to establish and verify basis for legal proceedings. 
  • Ability to interpret laws rulings and regulations affecting labor unions.
  • Ability to supervise and coordinate activities of law clerks and support staff.
  • Ability to work well with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and experiences within the department and throughout the union.

Travel and work hours:

  • Extensive travel and extended work hours may be required.

To Apply
Send letter of interest, résumé and two writing samples by email to: dplummer@afscme.org. Applicants with less than three years of full-time attorney experience must also include a law school transcript.
Posting Date: 10/7/2021
AFSCME is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate against or in favor of any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law. We encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, and candidates from other underrepresented backgrounds to apply.  

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