Litigation Program Paralegal

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Cotati, California

Type of Employment:    Full-time, non-exempt

Reports to:                          Litigation Program Manager

Location:                             Animal Legal Defense Fund, Cotati, California

Position Objectives:

The Litigation Program Paralegal is responsible for performing routine paralegal duties and supporting the smooth functioning of all operations associated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Litigation Program and personnel.  This includes managing active cases in the Litigation Program’s case management database, case and docket calendar, and case-related internal and external scheduling. The Litigation Program Paralegal is also responsible for all substantive paralegal tasks such as preparing drafts of pleadings, discovery, correspondence, memoranda, and other litigation documents for attorney review, as well as interviewing witnesses.


Paralegal Tasks (90%)

  • Perform routine paralegal duties in support of LP’s active docket under the supervision of LP’s attorneys
  • Review and organize case files
  • Conduct factual and legal research for new and existing matters
  • Draft pleadings
  • Facilitate discovery, including drafting written requests and responses and helping attorneys prepare for depositions
  • Interview clients and witnesses
  • Assist at hearings and trials
  • Create and modify various documents using MS Word and Excel, including drafts of pleadings, discovery, correspondence, memoranda, and other litigation documents for attorney review
  • Maintain LP’s case management database and docket calendars
  • File legal documents in accordance with relevant court rules and procedures
  • Review and track court dockets for active litigation matters
  • Use existing files and other research resources to develop information for pending cases
  • Assist with and coordinate production of various document requests and reports
  • Assist with maintenance of FOIA docket, including request tracking and document record keeping
  • Other (10%)
    • Contribute to the efforts and support the goals of the Animal Legal Defense Fund Litigation Program in various tasks as assigned


 The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of five years’ paralegal or similar experience and possess a paralegal certificate
  • Possess a high degree of computer literacy as well as expertise in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Be able to work independently and be a skilled problem solver
  • Have an understanding of data management, preferably using legal case management or project management software
  • Have excellent organizational skills and be detail-oriented
  • Be able to think strategically and juggle multiple tasks and deadlines while maintaining composure
  • Have a positive attitude, be able to work cooperatively with others and function well in a team-oriented work environment
  • Have excellent references relevant to similar positions held
  • Have a valid driver’s license and insurance
  • Understand and be committed to the mission of the Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Share the core values of the Animal Legal Defense Fund: justice, compassion, commitment, integrity, innovation, and balance

 Salary and Benefits:

 Salary based on externally bench-marked job value plus excellent benefits package, including 100% employer-paid health insurance for employees and 24 days of PTO annually. Cruelty-free office policy; casual environment that includes companion animals.

Location:  Position located in Cotati, California

How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter in PDF format to: with “Litigation Program Paralegal” in the subject line.