Legal Assistant

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Legal Assistant

Location: Washington, D.C.

Position title:                       Legal Assistant

Location:                               Washington, D.C.

Reports to:                            General Counsel or other attorney

Target start date:                As soon as possible

Application deadline:         Rolling until filled; we will begin reviewing applications on April 1, 2019


Summary Description:

Over the past 20 years, ERI has built a reputation as one of the leading legal organizations representing communities and individuals from around the world whose rights, livelihoods and homelands are harmed by corporations, financial institutions and governments.  Our lawyers have worked closely with our clients, co-counsel, partner NGOs, campaigners and others to bring groundbreaking lawsuits and pursue legal advocacy to provide remedies and ensure legal accountability.

ERI seeks a highly organized and motivated individual to assist its U.S. legal team in our litigation and other work on behalf of communities around the world. Under the supervision of ERI’s attorneys, the Legal Assistant will perform administrative and support tasks for litigation and other projects, as well as non-legal and paralegal research as needed. The Legal Assistant will be based out of ERI’s Washington, D.C., office, but may may work in coordination with legal staff in other offices in Peru and Southeast Asia. The Legal Assistant will learn about ERI’s legal work in defending human rights and the environment around the world, some details about the mechanics of litigation, and substantive knowledge about ERI’s ongoing projects.


Roles and responsibilities:

  • Maintaining and organizing files related to legal cases, legal advocacy projects, and other organization-wide projects
  • Maintaining task lists and monitoring deadlines for litigation and other complex projects
  • Performing non-legal and paralegal research about issues relating to ongoing lawsuits and legal claims; drafting internal memos based on findings
  • Completing general administrative and writing assignments to support ERI’s various advocacy campaigns and legal work
  • Developing systems and tools for the better functioning of ERI’s legal team
  • Proofreading and cite-checking legal documents as needed
  • Occasional interpretation or translation (if appropriate to skills)
  • Providing accompaniment to visiting clients and partners
  • Visiting libraries and court to obtain materials related to legal projects as needed
  • Assisting other Washington D.C. office staff on an as-needed, project-by-project basis


Required skills and experience:

  • Excellent online research and organizational skills
  • Ability to work with others in a dynamic, flexible team environment
  • Professionalism, responsiveness, innovative and creative thinking skills, and the maturity and judgment to contribute to work that may be confidential and sensitive in nature
  • Commitment to protecting human rights and the environment
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize projects from multiple people/teams based on importance, urgency, etc.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in standard computer programs, such as Word and Excel


Desirable skills and experience:

  • Spanish language skills strongly desired; other relevant languages may include Chinese, Gujarati, Myanmar, Vietnamese, Portuguese and French
  • A passion for and commitment to justice and representing clients fighting powerful adversaries
  • Experience working with civil society organizations and a diverse range of people and groups
  • Sense of humor
  • Media, advocacy, and/or campaign experience


We offer:

  • a competitive, non-profit sector salary and benefits
  • medical and dental insurance coverage
  • retirement and metro benefits
  • a casual and fun work environment


Duration: Full-time for at least one year. This a grant-funded position; we hope for long-term renewal but that is not currently guaranteed.



Candidates should send an email with the subject line “Legal Assistant 2019” to [email protected] with the following documents, in MS Word or PDF format. You must use the designated subject header, or your application may not be received:

  • One-page cover letter, which should provide some answer to these questions: Why do you want to work for EarthRights International? What are your career goals?
  • Resume or CV (no longer than 2 pages)
  • Two references, who should have some knowledge of the relevant skills required.

This information will not be linked to your individual application in any way, but helps ERI evaluate our efforts at recruiting a diverse set of applicants.

We will acknowledge applications received, and will contact those candidates selected for the interview stage. Due to the volume of applications, not all applicants will receive an interview. Additional materials may be requested at later points in the process.

EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and actively encourages people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQI people to apply.


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