Paralegal Position

The Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) a 50-attorney non-profit public defender agency in New York City responsible for representing indigent criminal defendants in all aspects of post-conviction proceedings--is seeking to hire a Paralegal to provide direct administrative support for our Paralegal Supervisor, Director of Office Services, and staff of attorneys. The ideal candidate is highly self-motivated and adept at independently managing a diverse workload. The Paralegal's responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Working closely with attorneys on substantive writing projects, including formatting briefs, motions and other related documents, proof reading, drafting table of authorities, and preparing hard-copy and electronic versions of documents for filing within court deadlines;
  • Submitting online electronic filings;
  • Assisting with record requests--education, medical/mental health, and ACS records;
  • Initiating case assignments from the Appellate Division-First Department through

the NYSCEF system;

  • Adding additional related documents to complete cases through the NYSCEF
  • system;
  • Corresponding with clients via legal mail;
  • Updating and organizing physical files and case management system, including

preparing files for final review and case closing;

  • Obtaining and copying court files as necessary; and
  • Providing back-up support to the office’s administrative, reception, and filing staff as necessary.


  • Minimum of 3+ years’ experience as a paralegal;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Excellent organizational, project-management, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills;
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills with an ability to quickly become proficient with firm-specific programs and software, including Corel WordPerfect and Adobe Acrobat;
  • General computer and technological proficiency;
  • Fast and accurate typing ability;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to effectively interact with attorneys, staff and clients; and
  • Empathy for people who have been convicted of serious offenses and a commitment to our

organizational mission.

Salary is $55,500 to $69,690 based on experience. A generous benefits package will be provided.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to . Resumes will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is mid-September 2023.

At CAL, we embrace and value our staff’s diversity, and we welcome applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and people of LGBTQ+ identities. CAL is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, arrest or conviction record, caregiver status, citizenship status, color, credit history, creed, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, marital status, partnership status, pregnancy, race, religion, salary history, sexual and reproductive health decisions, sexual orientation, status as a covered veteran or active military service member, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.