American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief
For more than 92 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, and members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief of the ACLU’s National office in Washington, DC seeks applicants for the full-time position of Paralegal.
From its earliest days supporting conscientious objectors to war and defending John Scopes in the infamous “Monkey Trial” of 1925, the ACLU has worked tirelessly to defend the right to religious liberty nationwide. Today, the national ACLU’s Program on Freedom Religion and Belief protects this fundamental right by helping to ensure that governmental laws and practices neither promote religion nor interfere with its free exercise. The Program fights to preserve religious freedom and the right of individual conscience through an integrated strategy of litigation, education, and public advocacy. The Paralegal is an integral member of the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Respond to requests for legal assistance, maintain the intake database and ensure timely responses to inquiries.
Cite-check, edit, format, produce and serve litigation documents, including briefs, memoranda, and correspondence.
Draft, edit, and prepare declarations, Freedom of Information Act requests, deposition summaries, and related materials, and review, organize, and maintain litigation and policy files.
Conduct Internet and other factual research and collaborate with other Program staff in preparing background memoranda on selected litigation and policy issues.
Assist the Program attorneys with legislative tracking.
Collect and analyze social science and other research for use in litigation and policy presentations.
Maintain and ensure the accuracy of the Program’s litigation docket, calendar, and timekeeping system.
Assist in the development and maintenance of the Program’s website and other public information outlets.
Work with other national ACLU projects, ACLU state affiliates nationwide, and allies.
Work on special projects and other duties as assigned by the Director and staff attorneys.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
A Bachelor’s degree is required, and one year of paralegal, or related experience, preferred.
Excellent research and Internet research skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Must take initiative, be highly organized, detail-oriented and possess strong interpersonal and time-management skills.
Strong computer skills with advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. Basic knowledge of Westlaw is preferred.
Experience creating tables of contents, tables of authorities, mail merges, and creating/inserting macros.
Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
Commitment to the ACLU mission.
Demonstrated interest in religious liberty issues is preferred.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
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