Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Washington, DC

About the New Civil Liberties Alliance:

Founded by law professor Philip Hamburger, the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm, which engages in pro bono litigation to defend the liberty established by the Constitution.  NCLA focuses primarily on fighting administrative power and conditions on spending where they systematically threaten constitutional freedoms, including the freedom of speech, jury-trial rights, and due process.  Rather than resist administrative power each and every place where it threatens substantive rights and interests—that is, instead of always playing defense—NCLA will target key administrative mechanisms that repeatedly and broadly threaten constitutionally protected rights.  For example, NCLA will oppose Chevron and Auer deference to administrative agencies—doctrines that threaten judicial independence and unbiased judgment.  Coordinating its efforts with other civil rights groups, NCLA will pursue strategic litigation that promises to curtail the administrative state’s threat to civil liberties.


  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of American constitutional structure;

  • Superb writing, grammatical, cite checking, proofreading and copyediting skills;

  • Thorough knowledge of The Bluebook and other legal style guides;

  • Inquisitive, entrepreneurial, and analytical mind engaged in client representation and development;

  • Ability to multitask efficiently in a fast-paced litigation environment and always meet deadlines;

  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills and attention to detail;

  • Strong command of Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, Google Docs, timekeeping software and associated tools and adjuncts;

  • Strong legal research skills and command of Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Pacer;

  • Familiarity with document review platforms such as KrolLDiscovery, Concordance, Ringtail, Relativity, Logikcull, etc.;

  • Understanding of and/or willingness to research Rules of Procedure or Administrative Procedure, in many jurisdictions and agencies, state and federal;

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team devoted to hard work, fun, challenge and accomplishment.


  • Prepare legal briefs and assemble other court documents for filing, electronic and paper, across many state and federal jurisdictions, trial and appellate courts and agencies;

  • Set up, maintain, organize, close and archive client electronic and paper files;

  • Discovery document review, inspection, management and indexing;

  • Draft correspondence, deposition summaries, discovery requests;

  • Serve as docket clerk, maintaining centralized calendar of case, client and court deadlines;

  • Research and adhere to court admission requirements, local rules, filing requirements; service of process; necessary attestations;

  • Logistical arrangements for meetings, depositions, court reporting, travel;

  • Communicate with courts, government agencies, clients and outside counsel.


NCLA offers competitive benefits and salaries commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit a resume along with a cover letter in which they explain their interest in furthering NCLA’s mission. Writing samples are encouraged.

Resumes, cover letters and optional writing samples should be sent to

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.