Paralegal

Job Announcement: Paralegal

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national public interest organization, is the country’s leading defender of constitutional rights and civil liberties. The ACLU of Colorado, an affiliate of the national ACLU, is the state’s guardian of freedom that works to promote and defend the civil rights and civil liberties of all persons in Colorado. To achieve our mission, we manage legal, legislative, and public education programs on a broad range of constitutional rights and civil liberties issues, including discrimination, free speech, religious freedom, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, economic justice and privacy. Founded in 1952, the ACLU of Colorado is headquartered in Denver. To learn more about the work of the ACLU and the civil liberties principles we uphold, please visit www.aclu-co.org and www.aclu.org.

Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion

The ACLU of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture. We believe that having a staff, board, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to achieve our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage 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, record of arrest or conviction or any other characteristic protected by applicable law and members of other underrepresented and marginalized groups. We are committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment.

Position Overview

The ACLU of Colorado seeks to hire a full-time Paralegal, who will report to the Legal Director and the Managing Attorney. The Paralegal will provide support for all ACLU of Colorado litigation as well as administrative support for the Legal Department’s legal advocacy and non-litigation strategies. The Paralegal will work with the Legal Director and four Staff Attorneys on the wide variety of constitutional law and civil liberties issues that comprise the ACLU’s docket.

The Paralegal will join an enthusiastic group of individuals who are committed to their work and the organization. The position requires compassion, a sense of humor, and an ability to juggle multiple assignments with varying deadlines. We seek candidates who demonstrate professionalism, superior organizational skills, careful attention to detail, and an ability to communicate well with co-workers, clients, prospective clients, and members of the public.

Due to risks from COVID-19, the ACLU of Colorado closed its office and implemented a mandatory work-from-home policy beginning on March 16, 2020.  The work-from-home policy currently remains in effect.  Some of our work nevertheless requires some staff members to go to office on occasion, and we have taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety of staff while in the office.  While the work-from-home policy remains in effect, the Paralegal would be expected to conduct the vast majority of their duties from home, but there may also be some responsibilities that could necessitate limited office visits.  We anticipate that once it is safe to lift the work-from-home policy, the Paralegal would work full-time in-office.

Litigation and Legal Advocacy Support

  • Provide paralegal support for a wide range of federal, state, and administrative litigation, including impact litigation, complex class-action litigation, appeals, and amicus briefs;
  • Assist in case management, including maintenance of electronic files, physical files, court records, and litigation calendars; anticipate and identify potential litigation tasks and prepare accordingly;
  • Prepare, format, and file legal pleadings in state and federal trial courts and courts of appeal; assist with finalizing pleadings and exhibits; and prepare discovery requests and responses, as appropriate;
  • Research court rules and procedures to ensure accuracy of filings;
  • Coordinate all logistics for depositions, client meetings or conference calls, service of process, courtesy copy delivery, and other litigation support;
  • Draft legal letters, open records requests under state and federal laws, and other correspondence, as requested, and manage responses, including calendaring deadlines, and ensuring the deadlines are met; and
  • Cite check pleadings and/or other court submissions, as requested.

Legal Program Support

  • Assist with drafting and finalizing correspondence and legal documents, by means of cite-checking, formatting, and proofreading;
  • Assist in factual research in support of current and potential legal advocacy and litigation, through interviews, internet research, and use of open records laws;
  • Assist with management of legal intake process, including support with intake review and data entry;
  • Assist in training and supervising volunteers to handle intake requests;
  • Assist attorneys with fact-finding interviews related to potential civil liberties violations;
  • Process incoming and outgoing Legal Department mail;
  • In collaboration with communications staff, prepare and maintain webpages on the ACLU-CO website for each active legal case or project, and ensure the web page narrative and attached materials for each case are up-to-date and accurate;
  • Gather and disseminate information in response to telephone and written inquiries;
  • Maintain communication with clients, cooperating attorneys, opposing counsel, and court staff throughout the duration of a case;
  • Process legal department invoices, credit card statements, and other department-related expenses;
  • Supervise and maintain the upkeep of legal department library and other resources; and
  • Assist with special projects and other additional duties as assigned by the Legal Director and Staff Attorneys.

Required Qualifications

  • High school degree and at least three years of Paralegal experience
  • Strong organizational skills and careful attention to detail
  • Strong drive and initiative, with the ability to manage time well in an environment of many concurrent assignments and deadlines
  • A willingness and desire to jump in and help on any project, to learn new skills, and to take ownership of assignments
  • Proficiency with computers and technology, including advanced use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and ability to conduct internet research
  • Ability to master new software, such as an intake database or case management program
  • Excellent English reading comprehension and writing skills
  • General familiarity and comfort with the basics of legal terminology and the legal process
  • Willingness and ability to obtain and maintain qualification as notary public
  • Commitment to civil liberties principles and the goals of the ACLU

Desired Qualifications

  • Spanish speaking and/or writing proficiency preferred but not required
  • Skills in software troubleshooting

Compensation and Benefits

Approximate starting salary is high forties to low fifties, depending on experience, in accordance with salaries in nonprofit organizations in the Denver area, and taking into account skills and experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, 401k contribution, and generous paid vacation and holidays.

To Apply

Send a cover letter explaining your interest in the ACLU, your relevant experience, and your personal connection, if any, to our mission, a resume, and references in an email (with “Paralegal” in the subject line) to jobs@aclu-co.org.  No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, which will not be before August 21, 2020.  

The ACLU of Colorado 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 info@aclu-co.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.