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Legal Staff Paralegal in Portland, OR

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Company name

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Oregon

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Legal Staff

Practice Area

Litigation - General/Commercial

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


Portland, OR

Posted on

Feb 18,2018

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Legal Assistant Duties: Provide litigation support for the litigation docket. Manage filings, calendar deadlines, and ensure compliance with local rules in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Help prepare court pleadings and discovery requests. Cite check and fact check pleadings. Proofread and format documents. Conduct legal research to support litigation or policy needs. Manage pre-trial, trial, and appellate logistics including organizing discovery, preparing exhibits and declarations, assisting with preparations for hearings and depositions, and other case tasks as assigned. Handle departmental administrative tasks, such as preparing and tracking expense reimbursements, scanning and copying documents, and scheduling meetings. Communicate clearly and professionally with a broad range of stakeholders, including cooperating attorneys, clients, defendants, judicial officials, interns, and volunteers. Control, manage, and improve legal department filing and document management systems. Assist in the management of the 2,500 requests for legal assistance that come through legal intake program, including overseeing volunteers, reviewing volunteer work product with staff attorney, prepare and attend intake meetings, and compile significant statistics and trends from legal intake reports. Assist with recruitment and hiring of legal interns. Maintain records and build relationships with law schools in order to track, coordinate, and attract the best legal candidates.

Qualification and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS: Two- or Four-Year Degree, paralegal certificate, or equivalent experience. 2 years of legal office experience. Excellent time management and organizational skills. Experience writing, editing, and proofreading at a high level. Computer and technology proficiency, including mastery of MS Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat Professional. Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work well with people with a wide range of interests, skills, and concerns. Demonstrated ability to handle high pressure and occasionally stressful situations. Demonstrated history of success in a fast-paced environment. A commitment to equity and inclusion; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance. A passion for civil rights and civil liberties. PREFERRED: Experience with civil litigation, including discovery, motion practice, trials, and appellate brief preparation. Experience with the local rules and practices of courts where the ACLU of Oregon regularly practices, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Oregon, and Oregon appellate and circuit courts. Experience in policy or government work. Experience with litigation and e-discovery software, as well as management of electronic documents. Experience working at a non-profit organization with volunteer management responsibilities.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Oregon
P.O. Box 40585
Portland, OR 97240-0585