Lambda Legal seeks a Legal Assistant for its Legal Department, in the Midwestern Regional Office in Chicago. 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. The Legal Assistant also will spend some time each month staffing the Legal Help Desk to respond to the public’s requests for help and/or information.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.
Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and educational work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those living with HIV, including federal and state constitutional law issues; fighting discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing based on gender identity, sexual orientation and HIV; advocacy on behalf of youth in schools or in foster care or juvenile justice systems; ensuring access to health care; challenging bias in the criminal justice system; obtaining legal respect for same-sex couples’ relationships; securing parent-child relationships; advocacy on behalf of LGBT immigrants and those with HIV; working to end LGBT harassment and violence, and related public policy advocacy. Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Obergefell v. Hodges, Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans,Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Bragdon v. Abbott, Glenn v. Brumby, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v. North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, Fields v. Smith and Brandon v. County of Richardson. 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. Finally, the Legal Assistant will also help staff the Legal Help Desk intake line, which involves initial pre-screening and information-gathering to identify potential clients, as well as helping callers locate resources.
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 a must. A minimum two-year commitment is required.
Salary: Mid-30’s, 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 target start date for the position is January 4, 2016, though there is some flexibility, and 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:
Amy Shapiro, Legal Administrative Manager
Lambda Legal, Headquarters
120 Wall Street, 19th Fl.
New York, NY 10005
Please include the words “Legal Assistant – MRO” 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 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.