FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt
Reports to: Legal Director
Do you want your everyday work to fuel social justice, in local community and beyond? If so, we invite you to join our team at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) where we advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, low-income people, immigrants and refugees in the Bay Area and California through direct legal services, impact litigation, and advocacy. As one of the oldest and most esteemed civil rights organizations in our area, Lawyers’ Committee has been at the forefront of social justice movements for over fifty years.
We are looking for a detail-oriented person who is excellent at research and writing, and has strong project management skills to contribute to impact work at our dynamic civil rights organization.
We seek to add to our dedicated and collegial staff a legal assistant who is detail-oriented, an excellent project manager, a strong writer and researcher, and passionate about civil rights. This legal assistant will work directly with the Legal Director on research, editing, and administrative work related to LCCR’s impact agenda. Learn more at www.lccr.com.
General Summary of Work Performed
The Legal Assistant for the Racial Justice Team is integral to LCCR’s impact advocacy for racial and economic justice. The Legal Assistant will research and help project manage policy advocacy reports, do court filings, cite-checking and evidence gathering for impact litigation, write and monitor public records act requests, and manage administrative details for the Legal Director as needed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Many of LCCR’s impact projects are multifaceted, including advocacy through litigation, policy work, media, and direct services. The Legal Assistant will assist with tasks related to impact litigation in our racial and economic justice dockets, as well as the policy advocacy on related issues. The Litigation Legal Assistant will also assist the Legal Director with some administrative tasks.
1. Litigation Duties
• Assist with case investigation and internet research;
• Manage Public Records Act requests, including follow-up with public entities and analysis of records received;
• Help track litigation deadlines;
• Record hours and other data in database;
• Keep online case files up-to-date;
• File pleadings and other papers with the court.
2. Policy Advocacy Duties
• Research as needed for presentations, fact-gathering, and legislator meetings;
• Prepare clients for legislative testimony;
• Help manage and draft policy reports;
• Schedule and plan for coalition meetings;
• Communicate with community partner organizations;
• Interview and coordinate people directly affected by policies to participate in the state legislative process.
3. Additional Administrative Duties
• Assist with booking travel, forms, and scheduling for LCCR’s Legal Director;
• Schedule and draft agendas for LCCR program meetings;
• Other tasks as needed.
LCCR is seeking applicants with the following qualifications:
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
• Strong research and writing ability;
• Ability to take initiative on projects and meet deadlines with minimal supervision;
• Demonstrated commitment to or experience with racial or economic justice issues;
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
• Prior experience using client management databases, especially Salesforce, and mail merge functions.
$50,000 per year plus a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, and other benefits.
Applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) a resume; 3) contact information for a minimum of three references; and 4) a short writing sample (3-5 pages) by email to email@example.com (w/ “Legal Assistant, Racial Justice Team” in the subject line).
In your cover letter, please respond to the following question, or we may choose not to consider your application:
LCCR serves highly diverse communities. To ensure that we are best positioned to serve these communities, we strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that help us work effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, our coworkers, and our communities. We seek to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How have your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and racial equity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
Questions regarding this position may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) advances, protects and promotes the legal rights of communities of color, low-income people, immigrants and refugees in California. LCCR fulfills its mission by partnering with over a thousand pro bono attorneys each year to provide free civil legal assistance and representation. Working alongside the communities we serve, we identify their greatest needs, study trends in individual cases and create change through a combination of direct services, impact litigation and policy advocacy in the areas of racial, economic and immigrant justice.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position will remain open until filled. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQ candidates, women, persons with disabilities and individuals over 55 are encouraged to apply.