Legal Policy Assistant (San Francisco, Sacramento, or Fresno)
Company: ACLU of Northern California
Posted on: November 22, 2021
The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) is seeking a
Legal-Policy Assistant to join the Democratic and Civic Engagement
team in its Legal-Policy Department for the San Francisco,
Sacramento, or Fresno offices. ACLU NorCal focuses its legal-policy
work across six broad program areas: Criminal Justice; Democracy &
Civic Engagement; Gender, Sexuality & Reproductive Justice;
Immigrants Rights; Racial & Economic Justice; and Technology &
Our work is guided by the principles of freedom, equality, and
justice enumerated in the Constitution. However, we know that
because of historic and systemic racism and other forms of
oppression, these principles are not equitably applied to all. In
an ideal world, everyone would have equal access to justice and
equal protection under the law. Unfortunately, neither our world
nor our country is ideal. Our work involves hard subject matters
that can be emotionally draining for some people. Ideal candidates
will understand that as a mission driven organization; we strive to
make the world a better place knowing that the road is long and
hard. At the same time, we understand the importance of self-care,
and do our best to reflect that in our practices and values.
We are seeking a Legal-Policy Assistant to help support and
strengthen work in the Democracy & Civic Engagement, program area.
The Legal-Policy Assistant will work closely with our staff
attorneys to support policy advocacy and litigation involving
voting rights, open government and accountability, and First
Amendment issues. In your application materials, please identify
any experience you may have in this subject area.
The Legal-Policy Assistant will assist in a range of diverse legal
and policy projects, including supporting litigation in both state
and federal court, at all stages of litigation, from initial
pleadings to appeals. The work of the Legal-Policy Assistants will
also involve assisting with the coordination of public records
requests and e-discovery solutions for various advocacy matters.
The Legal-Policy Assistants are supervised by a Program Director.
The location of the positions is flexible and may be based in ACLU
NorCals San Francisco, Sacramento, or Fresno offices.
About the Organization
The ACLU of Northern California is an affiliate of the American
Civil Liberties Union, a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan
organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil
liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU
NorCal) is comprised of two distinct corporations, the ACLU
Foundation of Northern California (the Foundation, a 501c3) and the
ACLU of Northern California (the Union, a 501c4). The incumbent is
a joint employee of both corporations. For most of the last
century, ACLU NorCal has been part of many of the most major and
sometimes controversial struggles for civil liberties and civil
rights in our state.
Our mission is to ensure that Constitutional rights dont just exist
on paper but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era,
we face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil
liberties, we must use our decades of experience in impact
litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight
these policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms.
At the same time, ACLU NorCal is committed to advancing proactive
and positive change to transform laws and institutions to advance
our values. We are committed to fostering an anti-racist work
culture and to anti-racist principles and learning.
Duties & Responsibilities
Direct Support of Ongoing and Emerging Legal Advocacy /
Serve and file legal pleadings in state and federal court;
Create and generate Table of Contents and Table of Authorities in
Proof, format, and/or cite check legal briefs and pleadings;
Assist with discovery, including eDiscovery, and the organization,
case management, collection, review strategy, and production of
documents obtained from clients and opposing parties;
Assist with fact development and collection, including interviewing
clients and drafting declarations;
Monitor relevant deadlines, calculate court deadlines, and update
case calendars; and Conduct Westlaw and PACER searches and document
retrievals; other internet research.
Direct Support of Ongoing and Emerging Policy Advocacy
Prepare and maintain documents for tracking legislation and/or
Track Public Records Act and Freedom of Information Act requests
and responses, and where necessary, follow-up to ensure complete
responses and assist with review of responses;
Provide meeting and logistical support for coalition and
programmatic meetings, including scheduling video and/or conference
calls, meeting set-up, catering, and note-taking;
Format documents such as letters and reports, and assisting in the
creation of PowerPoint or other presentations; and
Maintaining email listservs for coalition work.
Facilitate conflicts checks and case opening procedures for
litigation matters; and
Prepare expense reports, reconcile credit card statements, book
travel arrangements, mail and photocopy bulk materials.
Education / Experience:
At least 2 years experience working in a law firm, legal non-profit
or legal services organization, or providing paralegal or other
We welcome you to include any lived experience you are comfortable
sharing in your cover letter or an additional attachment.
Required Skills / Competencies:
Strong project and time management skills, including ability to
manage and prioritize competing projects and complete assignments
Strong working knowledge of ECF and other filing and service
procedures in federal and CA state courts;
Strong working knowledge of Westlaw and PACER;
Ability to cite check using both Blue Book and California styles of
Ability to assist with discovery, including eDiscovery, and the
organization, case management, collection, review strategy, and
production of documents obtained over the course of litigation;
High level of organization, attention to detail, and
Good judgment, dependable, punctual, and able to maintain a high
level of confidentiality;
Strong verbal and written communication skills, including strong
Commitment to pursuing public interest advocacy work, particularly
in the ACLU NorCals six core Program Areas;
Solutions-oriented approach, including the ability to work
independently and on a team, and willingness to take initiative
while juggling several priorities all with personal enthusiasm,
optimism, and a sense of humor; and
Ability to occasionally work evenings to effectuate filings.
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat,
PowerPoint, Excel and other Office programs, including facility
with mail merge, spreadsheets, tables, and charts; and
Familiarity and comfort with e-discovery databases and case
Preferred Skills / Competencies:
Experience and effectiveness in coordinating and organizing
logistics, meetings, employee onboarding, and trainings; and
Familiarity with conducting database searches in e-discovery
databases (e.g., IPRO Eclipse, Relativity, Concordance, etc.) and
reviewing documents within these programs for relevance,
responsiveness, and privilege; facility with organizing large
volumes of data.
We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce
through equity initiatives, which includes equitable pay practices.
Competitive compensation is commensurate with experience. Starting
salary range for this position is $26.47-$30.89 Hourly.
We understand how vital our work is and at the same time understand
the toll engaged activism can take. Our goal is to retain staff and
we believe that having a robust benefit offering is vital in
meeting that goal. Our benefits include four weeks paid vacation in
addition to 14 office holidays; fully employer-paid medical, vision
and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse
or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and
401(k) plan with employer match. We have a robust Employee
Assistance Program and emerging Employee Resource Groups.
This position is represented by IFTPE Local 20.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.
We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be
evaluating applications on a rolling basis. Applications must
include (1) resume, (2) a cover letter, and (3) a list of three
references. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position
with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying
for in the cover letter. Please submit your application online at:
The ACLU NorCal 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are selected for an interview, you
will receive additional information regarding how to request an
accommodation for the interview process.
The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in
the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support
a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race,
religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical
disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic
information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender
expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran
status, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization
also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants
and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity
policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment,
selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and
separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU NorCal
strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work
environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a
workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and
the people we serve.
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