Paralegal [SPT-10]

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Paralegal [SPT-10]

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, NY


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, 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 one 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 Speech, Privacy and Technology (SPT) Project of the ACLU’s National office in New York City seeks applications for the full-time position of Paralegal.


The Speech, Privacy and Technology Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including the values of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States’ commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The Center for Democracy includes, in addition to the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, the Immigrants’ Rights Project, the Voting Rights Project, the Human Rights Project and the National Security Project.

The Speech, Privacy and Technology Project is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. The project is currently litigating cases and conducting other advocacy efforts on a variety of issues, including political protest, freedom of expression online, privacy of electronic information, journalists’ rights, scientific freedom, and openness in the courts.



  • Respond to individuals who contact the Project for legal assistance; utilize and maintain the intake database to respond to requests; and provide support to the Project’s attorneys with client and witness interviews, as needed
  • Conduct Internet and other factual research and collaborate with attorneys in preparing background memoranda on selected policy issues
  • Cite check, edit, format, produce, and serve litigation documents, including briefs, memoranda, and correspondence
  • Draft, edit, and prepare affidavits, reports, and other legal or public education documents
  • Review and organize documents related to litigation requests and discovery
  • Provide other litigation support
  • Maintain and ensure the accuracy of the Project’s litigation docket and calendar
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of SPT-related portions of the ACLU website
  • Act as liaison between staff attorneys and legal administrative assistants to disseminate work assigned by attorneys and provide routine and/or procedural guidance regarding work assignments
  • Provide administrative support for manager review of applications for legal administrative assistant and intern positions
  • Work jointly with interns and communicate routine and/or procedural guidance on projects assigned by managers
  • Perform other job related special projects and other duties as assigned by the Project Attorneys
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in 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



  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. One year of legal assistant or paralegal experience preferred
  • Excellent word-processing and computer skills in Windows 7 environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint
  • Strong internet research skills
  • Must be well organized, efficient, highly motivated, able to handle multiple tasks at once, work well under pressure, and take initiative
  • Must have strong writing, verbal and interpersonal skills, superb attention to detail and excellent phone manner
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Commitment to civil liberties, reproductive rights, and public interest legal work is essential



Salary for this position is $53,474. We also offer an excellent benefits package.



Send a letter of interest, a resume, and the names and telephone numbers of two legal references, and a writing sample to Reference [SPT-10] in the subject line.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please indicate where you learned of this job posting.


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 job description and or posting at any time without advance notice.

The 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, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, record of arrest or conviction, and veteran status.

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 address that is not related to accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement