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Title: Paralegal
Office: National Offices
Location: New York, NY
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The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Paralegal in the National Security Project of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY

The National Security Project fights for people and communities harmed by the government in the name of national security. Recognizing the danger of expansive claims of state power, we advocate for a robust system of checks and balances, and policies that comply with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. Through the courts, Congress, and public education, we strive to ensure that people are able to participate fully in civic life and are free from discrimination, unwarranted suspicion and surveillance, unlawful force and detention, and the stigma and other injustices that result from these abuses.

Reporting to the Project Director the Paralegal will be responsible for providing litigation and administrative support to the legal project. This includes, but is not limited to, responding to legal assistance inquires, cite checking and formatting litigation documents, and maintaining the litigation calendar and files and other litigation items.

Provide litigation, administrative, and factual research support to the work of NSP attorneys
Produce, review, file, and organize litigation documents such as briefs, motions, declarations, discovery requests and responses, and correspondence, including cite-checking, proofreading, and formatting such documents
Arrange for service of legal documents; research court rules and procedures
Provide logistical, administrative, and document management support for hearings and trials
Draft, edit, and prepare affidavits, Freedom of Information Act requests, reports, and other legal or public education documents
Review and organize documents related to Freedom of Information Act requests and discovery
Maintain and ensure the accuracy of case files, attorneys’ correspondence files, and internal litigation tracking systems including case summaries and databases, docket, and calendar of litigation deadlines and court dates
Act as liaison between Staff Attorneys and Legal Administrative Assistants to disseminate work assigned by attorneys and provide routine and/or procedural guidance regarding work assignments
Provide administrative support for the managers’ review of applications for Legal
Administrative Assistant and intern positions
Work jointly with interns and communicate routine and/or procedural guidance on projects assigned by managers
Handle special projects and other duties as assigned
Must take initiative, be highly organized and detail-oriented, and possess strong interpersonal and time-management skills
Excellent research and writing skills
Ability to work independently as well as within a team while maintaining a high level of efficiency and professionalism
Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


Bachelor’s degree
Experience with litigation or administrative support
Basic knowledge of the Bluebook
Strong computer skills with advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite, e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.
Experience creating tables of contents, tables of authorities, mail merges, and creating/inserting macros

Salary for this position is $62,871. Excellent benefits package provided.


For 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the

ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

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, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e- mail benefits.hrdept@aclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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