Legal Assistant/Office Manager (Washington, DC)
The firm: Gupta Wessler PLLC is the only firm of its kind in the nation—a private public interest law firm specializing in high-profile Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. Our cases cover a very broad range of issues, including consumers’ and workers’ rights, class actions, access to the courts, civil rights, and constitutional law. In these and other areas, we work closely with leading non-profit organizations, scholars, policy experts, local governments, and other law firms to help shape the law in ways that enhance justice and improve people’s lives.
The position: Gupta Wessler seeks to hire a legal assistant/office manager to start as soon as possible. Legal assistants at Gupta Wessler handle a very broad range of administrative and substantive responsibilities for our small but busy law firm and are usually the first point of contact for new clients and cases. One of our former legal assistants has described this job as “an apprenticeship in high-stakes public-interest appellate advocacy.” Although many of the firm’s prior legal assistants have apprenticed with us and gone on to law school, we are also interested in considering experienced career paralegals.
Responsibilities include drafting, editing, formatting, and filing legal documents; special research and writing projects relating to cases; tracking court deadlines and ensuring that projects are on track; scheduling and arranging meetings, speaking appearances, moot courts, and travel; administrative tasks, including invoicing, client billing, payment tracking, time-keeping, and tracking telephone calls and emails for the firm’s lawyers; developing newsletters and updating our website; planning office events; and office maintenance and upkeep.
We’re looking for a bright and energetic college graduate, preferably with at least several years of post-college experience, who is interested in the work we do and has strong organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills. Previous paralegal experience in a litigation setting is preferred but not required. You should care about good writing and enjoy editing. You will need to have extraordinary attention to detail, be a quick learner able to regularly familiarize yourself with new cases and rules of different court systems, be creative and flexible in triaging and prioritizing among multiple assignments, and be able to effectively solve problems while remaining calm in deadline-driven situations. You will need to be comfortable with fast-paced work and possess the ability to complete projects independently.
This position will be based in our Washington, DC, office, where firm employees are all fully vaccinated and have resumed in-person work. A commitment of at least two years is expected.
To apply: Please send a cover letter with an available start date, a resume, at least one writing sample, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. The writing sample(s) can be anything that reveals your general writing and analytic ability: a work assignment, college research paper, essay, or article on any topic is fine. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed immediately. No telephone inquiries, please.