NRDC’s Litigation Team seeks a Litigation Assistant to join our New York office. The Litigation Team is a group of attorneys and paralegals/Litigation Assistants who collaborate across several NRDC offices. The Team pursues litigation across a broad range of environmental, public health, and environmental justice issues. For example, we have brought lawsuits resisting the Trump Administration’s efforts to dismantle environmental protections, including cases defending National Monuments and challenging the suspension of the Clean Water Rule. In recent years, we have also brought cases to safeguard the people of Newark, New Jersey and Flint, Michigan, from continued exposure to lead in drinking water; remediate toxic pollution in the Penobscot River; and abate mold in New York City public housing for residents with asthma. The Litigation Assistants provide administrative and litigation support for Litigation Team attorneys and collaborate with peers in the other offices where the Litigation Team operates.
- Processing invoices and expense reports, and maintaining detailed budget trackers;
- Proofreading, formatting, copying, scanning, mailing, and faxing documents;
- Assisting in hiring and orienting interns;
- Scheduling meetings, booking travel, and organizing retreats;
- Assisting other Litigation Assistants and office Program Assistants as needed.
- Drafting and editing legal correspondence;
- Preparing, proofreading, and fact-checking documents for court filings and assisting with filing and service;
- Researching and summarizing court rules;
- Maintaining extensive case files (electronic, hard copy, and archived off-site);
- Conducting factual research to advance existing and develop new cases;
- Reviewing documents produced by other parties in litigation;
- Interviewing NRDC members and drafting declarations related to pending litigation.
- 1-2 years of previous administrative or paralegal experience (or equivalent) preferred;
- Demonstrated ability to perform or quickly learn tasks such as those listed above;
- Ability to prioritize and efficiently execute multiple tasks, follow institutional procedures, and work independently with meticulous attention to detail;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Superior editing, research, and data synthesis skills;
- Commitment to accuracy and rigor;
- Ability to maintain composure and sense of humor under deadline pressure;
- Willingness and flexibility to work overtime;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and work discreetly with sensitive information;
- High proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook;
- Minimum two-year commitment strongly preferred.