Paralegal [DRP-05], Disability Rights Program, SF

National Offices, California
April 30, 2019

Paralegal [DRP-05]

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Disability Rights Program, San Francisco

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, fighting to integrate people with disabilities in the community, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

The Disability Rights Program in the National office in San Francisco is seeking applicants for a full-time Paralegal position.



The ACLU Legal Department is headquartered in New York and has two programs that are housed in San Francisco, the Disability Rights Program and the Immigrants’ Rights Project.

The Disability Rights Program litigates and advocates in our priority areas of voting, education, autonomy, and criminal justice and also provides support to affiliates and the National office on disability rights issues that intersect with core civil liberties. 



  • Prepare and file legal pleadings; arrange for service of legal documents; prepare and serve discovery documents; conduct research on court rules and procedures
  • Maintain case files, attorneys’ correspondence files, and internal litigation tracking systems including case summaries and calendar of litigation deadlines and court dates
  • Provide administrative and litigation support to attorneys, including maintaining calendars, preparing correspondence, making travel arrangements and processing expense reports
  • Respond to requests for legal assistance
  • Update content on the ACLU website and intranet
  • Provide administrative support for manager review of applications for intern positions
  • Work jointly with interns and communicate routine and/or procedural guidance on projects assigned by managers
  • Work collaboratively with other support staff in both New York and San Francisco offices to ensure that office systems run smoothly
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences with regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Handle special projects and other duties as assigned



  • An Associate’s or a Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of two years’ paralegal, administrative support or related experience preferred
  • Experience with the disability community preferred
  • Strong research skills, including internet research, required
  • Must be well organized, efficient, self-motivated able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously see them through to completion, and work well under tight deadlines.
  • Must possess strong organizational and administrative skills and the ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team while maintaining a high level of efficiency and professionalism
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office; familiarity with spreadsheets preferred
  • Experience creating tables of contents, tables of authorities, mail merges, and creating/inserting macros
  • Basic knowledge of Westlaw is preferred
  • Experience with web design, layout, and electronic posting of content is a plus
  • Commitment to public interest work and to civil liberties in particular is essential



The ACLU offers compensation commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.



Interested persons should submit a cover letter (include salary requirements), resume, a non-fiction writing sample (sample will not be returned) and three (3) references by email to - Reference [DRP-05] in the subject line.

Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Disability Rights Program posting.  In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. 


Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

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