One of Gupta Wessler’s former legal assistants has described this job as “an apprenticeship in high-stakes public-interest appellate advocacy.” Our legal assistants handle a very broad range of administrative and substantive responsibilities for a small but busy law firm focused on Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. They’re usually the first point of contact for new clients and cases and they oversee the final quality control over briefs filed in the nation’s highest courts. We’re proud that our legal assistants have gone on to pursue careers in public interest law.
Responsibilities include drafting, editing, formatting, and filing legal documents; research relating to cases; tracking court deadlines and ensuring that projects are on track; scheduling and arranging meetings, speaking appearances, moot courts, and travel; general administrative tasks, including keeping on top of telephone calls and emails for the firm’s lawyers; developing newsletters and other mailings; and other tasks as assigned.
We’re looking for a bright and energetic college graduate—preferably with at least a year or two of relevant post-college experience—who is interested in the work we do and has strong organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills. You should care about good writing and editing and be interested in continually improving your own skills as a writer. You should also have extraordinary attention to detail, be a quick learner able to regularly familiarize yourself with new cases and rules of different court systems, be comfortable prioritizing among multiple assignments, and be able to effectively solve problems while remaining calm in deadline-driven situations. This job may be ideal for individuals who are contemplating law school or graduate school. A two-year commitment is expected.
Gupta Wessler PLLC is the only organization of its kind in the nation—a public interest law firm specializing in high-profile Supreme Court, appellate, and constitutional litigation. Our cases cover a very broad range of issues, including workers’ and consumers’ rights, civil rights, class actions, access to the courts, constitutional and administrative law, and gun-violence prevention. 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. Recently, we’ve protected nearly $1.5 billion in class-action relief for workers and consumers; won major victories against the Trump Administration; helped raise the minimum wage for thousands of airport workers; and successfully preserved the constitutionality of common-sense gun laws.
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Abigail Cipparone graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 2019 with a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. As an intern at the ACLU, she researched the Customs and Border Patrol’s implementation of the Muslim Ban and worked on Hamama v. Adduci, a suit (on which she later wrote her senior thesis) concerning the detention of Iraqi Chaldean Christian immigrants. Abigail was also part of a journalism team that traveled with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jake Halpern to Lesbos, Greece, where she used her Arabic-language skills to interview refugees living in three camps for an article in The New Yorker.
Hilda M. Jordan graduated cum laude from Harvard in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and African American Studies. She previously served as a research intern for the Harvard Law Review, interned at a small civil rights firm, and worked as a research partner to Professor Martha Minow, where she researched the role of forgiveness in the justice system for Professor Minow’s book When Should the Law Forgive? (2019). After graduating, Hilda was awarded the Michael C. Rockefeller fellowship to study in Panama.
Sara Evall graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Refugee and Migrant Studies. She previously conducted field research on refugee worker’s rights in Amman, Jordan, worked closely with the local refugee community in Durham, NC through the organization Supporting Women’s Action, and advocated against campus sexual assault through the Inter-Fraternity Council Sexual Assault Prevention Taskforce. After graduating, Sara worked as a Policy & Program Fellow with the American Constitution Society.
Jared Milfred was an office manager and legal assistant with the firm through 2020 and is planning to attend law school in the fall. He completed an M.Phil in political theory as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and graduated from Yale in 2016 with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, summa cum laude. Before joining Gupta Wessler, Jared worked on the campaign of Zephyr Teachout for New York Attorney General, volunteered for the Bronx Freedom Fund, and served as the Chairman of the City of New Haven’s public campaign financing program. He grew up in Portland, Oregon.
Nabila Abdallah was the firm’s office manager and legal assistant through the summer of 2019, and is a second-year student at Berkeley Law. Nabila grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and received her B.A. in Philosophy in 2014 from Stanford, where she wrote her honors thesis in on the application of just war principles to non-state armed entities. She previously worked at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding in New York, as a researcher for a radio show on philosophy, as an English teacher in France, and as a volunteer tutor at a drug rehab facility.
Stephanie Garlock was the firm’s office manager and legal assistant through the summer of 2017 and graduated from Yale Law School in 2020. She completed summer internships at Alaska Legal Services Corporation and Public Citizen Litigation Group and will clerk for Judge Pamela Harris on the Fourth Circuit. Before joining Gupta Wessler, Steph was an Editorial Fellow at The Atlantic and a staff writer at Harvard Magazine. She received her B.A. in History, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard, where she was an editor of the Harvard Crimson and wrote her senior honors thesis on school busing and integration in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she grew up.
Ian Engdahl, the firm’s first office manager and legal assistant, earned his law degree from Georgetown in 2018, and is now an associate at Hausfeld LLP, a leading class action plaintiffs’ firm. While in law school, Ian worked in the appellate clinic and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. Before joining Gupta Wessler, Ian was a litigation paralegal and a court-appointed advocate for abused and neglected children, and had published his original research on a trio of little-known 19th century civil-rights cases in the Journal of Supreme Court History. Ian received his B.A. in Political Economy from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in small-town Maine.