The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois seeks a Legal Assistant to provide support to the Legal Department. The Legal Assistant will provide support for individual attorneys in the Legal Department, add content to our website and perform other administrative duties. The successful candidate will have significant experience with state and federal court filings, possess strong organizational skills, write clearly, and work well both independently and with a team. This position requires the ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise sound independent judgment, multi-task, take initiative, and meet deadlines. The position is full-time with benefits. A commitment to civil liberties and civil rights principles and the work of the ACLU is essential.
Formatting, serving and filing of legal pleadings;
Word processing, including producing legal briefs and tables of authorities/contents, legal memoranda and correspondence;
Maintaining and keeping current paper and electronic case files;
Assisting lawyers with investigating civil liberties complaints and other special projects;
Assisting attorneys with Westlaw and other Internet research;
Working closely with the attorneys, assisting with the creation of power point and other presentations;
Keeping track of Public Records Act and Freedom of Information Act investigations, including drafting PRAs and FOIAs, tracking responses and following-up to ensure responses are complete, and assisting in substantive review of responses;
Working closely with the attorneys and our Communications Department to organize and update the Legal Department’s section of our website, and utilizing other methods to disseminate information about our work; and
General Litigation Support.
Administrative responsibilities include the following:
Drafting, formatting, and mailing letters and faxes;
Maintaining attorneys’ Chron files;
Organizing, filing, scanning/photocopying materials;
Reviewing and responding to correspondence;
Providing logistical support for meetings, both in and out of the office;
Preparing expense reimbursement reports;
Making travel arrangements; and
Other administrative tasks.