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Litigation Assistant

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New York, NY, USANew YorkNYUSA

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.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Administrative support:

  • 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.

Litigation support:

  • 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.
Educational Background: 
Bachelor’s degree required;
  • 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.

Organization Info

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

New York, NY, United States
Annual Budget : 
About Us

The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places.

We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment.

We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations.

We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. We seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on Earth.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Mar 7 2019
Active Until: 
Apr 7 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.