Litigation Assistant / Paralegal

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), one of the leading nonprofit disability rights legal centers in the nation, is setting precedents and challenging norms. With offices in California and New York, we provide free legal representation in complex, system changing, class-action cases—achieving dramatic improvements for people with disabilities seeking access to government services and businesses, health care, employment, transportation, education, disaster preparedness planning, voting, and housing. 

DRA’s current work includes lawsuits challenging ICE’s systemic discrimination against persons with disabilities held in detention facilities and challenging the New York State Board of Elections’ exclusion of people with disabilities as their absentee ballot program expanded in response to COVID-19.

For more information on DRA’s mission and impact, visit www.dralegal.org.

Position Overview

DRA is seeking a self-motivated individual to join our dynamic, results-oriented team. You have the opportunity to assist in all aspects of work supporting DRA’s high-impact civil rights lawsuits. You will work closely with attorneys and other staff on investigations, client outreach, factual research, finalizing and filing court pleadings, and trial and settlement negotiations. In our small office you will also assist with answering phones, greeting visitors, processing inquiries from the public, and interviewing clients and witnesses, in addition to various other administrative duties.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position in our New York, NY office, however this position is currently remote (as are all DRA staff) due to COVID-19.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct factual research using a variety of internet and hard-copy resources, and compile that research into written memos and reports
  • File/serve legal documents with court and on opposing parties
  • Review transcripts and documentary evidence, and organize, track, and extract information from these materials
  • Maintain contact with clients to gather evidence for cases and provide updates on status of cases, conduct intake interviews with potential clients, and direct questions to appropriate attorneys
  • Proofread, format, perform legal and factual cite-checks, and create tables of authorities/contents for legal documents
  • Create and maintain screenreader-accessible documents in various formats including Word, PDF, and Excel (training will be provided)
  • Provide administrative support to attorneys in all aspects of their work including scheduling, reviewing and organizing documents, and fee reporting
  • Perform general office administrative duties including tracking bills and reimbursements, scheduling vendor appointments, tracking and ordering office and kitchen supplies, assisting with planning and managing of staff and external events, and supporting workstation/technology set-up

Required Qualifications

  • Desire to work in an organization focused on making society more just, fair, and accessible to all
  • Preferred: college graduate with an excellent academic record
  • Excellent project management skills, the ability to track and meet deadlines, take ownership of your work, work independently, ask questions, and to work well under pressure
  • Strong written and oral communication skills for effective communication with DRA staff, clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel, judges, and court staff
  • A team player willing to take on a variety of tasks as needed
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and Excel

Preference given to applicants with Paralegal Certification or prior experience in any of the following:

  • Completing ECF filings
  • Assisting attorneys with discovery requests and production
  • Westlaw research and cite checking
  • Conducting client intakes and drafting declarations

Compensation      

This is an hourly, non-exempt position with comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance with 100% paid employee premiums, 401(k) with company contribution, and generous holiday and paid time off benefits.

How to Apply

Please send the following to jobs@dralegal.org with “Litigation Assistant NY” as the subject:

  1. Cover letter including your earliest available start date and how you learned about this position
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references (at least one a direct supervisor)

DRA is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. DRA encourages applications from all qualified individuals and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, veteran status, disability, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

DRA is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. For accommodations during the interview process please email hr@dralegal.org.