||Description: CAREER OPPORTUNITY
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION Immigrants' Rights Project, San Francisco, CA
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with more than 500,000 members and is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP) of the ACLU's National office in San Francisco seeks applications for the full-time position of Paralegal.
The Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP) works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through a comprehensive program of impact litigation and public education. The IRP conducts the largest litigation program in the country dedicated to enforcing and defending the constitutional and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against non-citizens. The IRP also supports and coordinates the immigrants' rights work of the ACLU?s 53 affiliates around the country. Current areas of litigation and advocacy include state and local anti-immigrant laws and practices; immigration enforcement practices and racial profiling; immigration detention; habeas corpus and access to the courts; discriminatory language and education policies; and due process in immigration removal proceedings. IRP maintains offices in New York and California and has a combined permanent staff of 15, plus legal fellows, interns and volunteers. IRP is part of the ACLU?s Center for Equality, which brings together multiple tools - litigation, legislation, administrative advocacy and persuading the public - to make change and to continue the ACLU's long history of working to fulfill America's ideal of personal freedom and equal rights for all. The Center?s work focuses on racial justice, immigrants' rights, voting rights and the rights of disabled people.
The Paralegal will be an integral part of the IRP team, will participate in regular staff meetings and will have the opportunity to learn about strategies for protecting the rights of immigrants.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Support litigation work of attorneys, including preparation and filing of legal pleadings; arranging for service of legal documents; preparation and service of discovery documents; and research on court rules and procedures.
Maintain case files, attorneys' correspondence files, and internal litigation tracking systems including case summaries and calendar of litigation deadlines and hearings.
Process and respond to requests for legal assistance.
Work with attorneys recruit and hire law student interns. Work with attorney intern supervisor(s) to coordinate law student internship program.
Hire and supervise undergraduate interns.
Conduct factual research in support of litigation and advocacy work.
Update content on the ACLU website and intranet.
Provide support to attorneys on correspondence, travel and expenses.
Handle special projects, event planning, and other duties as assigned by attorneys and the Office Manager.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor?s degree and one year of paralegal or related experience required.
Experience in preparing legal pleadings, including production of tables of contents and authorities for legal briefs, is strongly preferred.
Strong research and organizational skills required.
Must have outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
Must be well organized, efficient, highly motivated, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and see them through to completion.
Strong computer skills with advanced knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat.
Familiarity with federal court rules and procedures is preferred.
Basic knowledge of Westlaw is preferred.
Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
Commitment to civil liberties, immigrants' rights and public interest legal work is essential.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested persons should submit a cover letter (include salary requirements), resume, a non-fiction writing sample (sample will not be returned) and three (3) references by email to hrjobsIRP@aclu.org. Reference [IRP-17/FEM] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Immigrants' Rights Project posting. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.
Please note that we will only accept email submissions of applications.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. We encourage any applicants who need accommodations in the application process to contact: Recruitment@aclu.org.
The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "ACLU."?