Lambda Legal seeks a Legal Assistant for its Legal Department, in its New York headquarters. The Legal Assistant will assist attorneys with legal research and drafting, preparation and filing of documents in state and federal court and administrative agencies, and working with clients to advance Lambda Legal’s cutting-edge impact litigation and advocacy.
Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and everyone living with HIV, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships, end discrimination in the military, advance the rights of transgender Americans and win marriage equality. (For more information about Lambda Legal, visit www.lambdalegal.org.)
Responsibilities: The Legal Assistant will be responsible for providing legal and administrative support to attorneys who work on an array of priorities within Lambda Legal’s mission. In addition to the production of legal briefs and cite-checking, the Legal Assistant will prepare other legal filings; perform legal and non-legal research; help ensure compliance with all applicable court rules, maintain case files and other organizational systems; draft correspondence; contact court personnel and other attorneys and advocates as necessary; assist in maintaining client relationships, and provide general administrative support to attorneys in the Legal Department.
Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, self-starting, dependable, able to work well under pressure, a team player, computer-literate. Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, and internet research skills required. Prior legal secretarial or support work is highly desired, and a willingness to develop the specialized knowledge about the legal system and legal documents necessary to perform duties in a law office setting is essential. Familiarity with LexisNexis or Westlaw electronic court filing systems (including the federal judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system), Excel, Worksite and PowerPoint is helpful. Because of the focused and challenging nature of the work Lambda Legal does, a background in or familiarity with issues, legal or otherwise, important to the LGBT community and/or people with HIV will greatly strengthen an application. Ability to handle intake calls, often from people facing crises or significant problems, is critical; thus any experience with hotlines is helpful. Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal represents. Fluency in Spanish is desired. A minimum two-year commitment is required.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of Lambda Legal scale. DOE. Excellent employer-paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.
Application: The position is open until filled. Send resume, brief writing sample (five pages or less), and a letter or email explaining your interest in the position and how you learned of the job opening to:
Legal Administrative Manager
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Please include the words “Legal Assistant – HDQ” on the subject line of the email or first line of the address of the envelope transmitting your application materials.
No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal will not accept phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.
Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, and people living with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.