The ACLU of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) seeks a Paralegal to join the organization and support its offices in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Santa Ana, and Bakersfield. This position will be located in either the Los Angeles or San Bernardino office. Applicants: please specify your preference/availability on the cover letter of your application.
Founded in 1923, the ACLU SoCal has been at the forefront of many major efforts to protect civil liberties, civil rights, and equal justice in California. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU SoCal has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County (Santa Ana), and the Inland Empire (San Bernardino). The ACLU SoCal tackles a vast array of issues, including criminal justice, police practices, First Amendment rights, gender equity and reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrants' rights, education equity, and economic justice.
The Paralegal is responsible for providing support for the advocacy work - both litigation and non-litigation- for the Advocacy Department of the ACLU of Southern California. This position will require expertise in all aspects of litigation support; a high-level of organization and ability to multi-task; the ability to work independently and take leadership on projects; good communication and people skills; flexibility; and a demonstrated ability to quickly learn and integrate new information and skills.
The Paralegal will report to the Director of Advocacy Support.
The Paralegal, like all staff within the ACLU of Southern California, is expected to model professional workplace behavior and standards, and clearly and enthusiastically demonstrate guiding principles of integrity, respect, accountability, compassion, and leadership.
- Prepare and execute filings of a variety of legal documents, including but not limited to complaints, briefs, motions, court forms, declarations, exhibits, and discovery documents.
- Research court rules and procedures and communicate these to attorneys to ensure accuracy of filings and non-rejection by courts.
- Maintain primarily electronic case files including pleadings, correspondence, discovery and other materials.
- Communicate/coordinate with clients, court personnel, co-counsel, partner organizations, etc.
- Draft correspondence, declarations, and various legal documents such as requests, notices, and orders.
- Assist attorneys with legal research, including cite-checking (Westlaw), internet searches, using off-site libraries, copying abstracts, cases, etc.
- Maintain case calendar.
- Conduct factual and policy research.
- Conduct and/or assist in client interviews.
- Assist with coordination and management of projects, meetings, events, etc.
- Attend community meetings as necessary.
- Assist in drafting requests for public records/information, as well as analyzing and organizing responses to such requests.
- Work with the Finance Department and other legal staff to generate billing reports reflecting fees and costs expended in litigations.
- Coordinate and oversee administrative assignments with Advocacy Assistants.
- Bachelor's degree or Paralegal Certificate plus two to three years of litigation experience, or commensurate experience highly desirable.
- Knowledge of filing procedures and requirements for various courts, including state, federal and courts of appeal, and experience researching court rules.
- In-depth knowledge of legal terminology and principles.
- Excellent typing and proofing skills.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
- Ability to quickly learn and utilize new software programs.
- Ability to work well under pressure, including some evenings and weekends.
- Ability to set/change priorities according to deadline requirements.
- Ability to work well with others, in a collegial and diverse environment.
- Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, multi-task, and work independently.
- Mastery of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Outlook, Excel), Adobe, and ability to quickly learn new software.
- Proficiency with legal software/programs such as Westlaw, Lexis, Compulaw, Timeslips, Amicus desirable.
- Fluency in Spanish highly desirable.
- A deep and demonstrated commitment to the cause of civil liberties and civil rights, preferred.
- Experience working in a non-profit desirable.
- Experience working in coalitions and with impacted communities desirable.
Salary based on experience. Benefits include medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff members and their eligible dependents; life and long term disability insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match; ample vacation and sick leave and thirteen paid holidays.
Please submit a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org (NO Phone Calls PLEASE) with the subject title "Paralegal" or mail to:
HR Department - Paralegal
ACLU of Southern California
1313 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Open until filled.
The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, and encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT individuals, veterans, and people with arrest records and/or convictions.