Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Assistant in Washington, District Of Columbia

Everyone says they want to change the world. We’re looking for people who actually will.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. Please visit our careers page to view our Statement of Faith and Guiding Principles.

Legal Assistant

As an experienced Legal Assistant in the Washington DC office, you are a vital part of the Legal Advocacy Team. In this role, you will report to the Legal Operations Manager. You will perform specialized and confidential duties which often require independent judgment, including organizing and prioritizing tasks; work independently, meeting deadlines and handling a wide variety of responsibilities with a minimum of supervision.

Your Essential Responsibilities:

In this position, you will:

  • Act in a confidential capacity to all Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys

  • Manage calendar, schedule and coordinate meetings/events

  • Calendaring court dates in RESULTS and Outlook (court appearances, dates briefs are due, etc.)

  • Reconcile purchase card expenses and prepare vouchers to submit invoices for payment.

  • Coordinate travel itineraries

  • Maintain and manage administration needs (i.e. office supplies, IT support, etc.)

  • Proofread and cite-check documents; review grammar and sentence structure; check citations to determine the accuracy of citation and format according to the Bluebook, local court rules, or other citation guidelines required by the court

  • Prepare and file documents such as motions, memoranda of law, briefs, orders, petitions for filing, recording and process service via mail, facsimile or messenger

  • Prepare correspondence to be sent to clients, courts, and other attorneys

  • Prepare trial notebooks and exhibits

  • Maintain the case file and details using internal systems. (iManage, Outlook, and internal databases)

  • Organize, index and summarize Discovery materials

  • Assist attorneys with compliance of all court rules regarding maintaining files, as well as internal ADF policies, such as the Document Retention Policy

  • Monitoring status of legislation and cases via PACER and internet sources.

  • This is a non-exempt position

Skills you need to succeed:

Knowledge of:

  • Local court rules to ensure that they are followed for each case

  • Federal civil procedure and process of filing a lawsuit

Demonstrated proficiency in:

  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Word, and Outlook

  • Strong time management skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Excellent analytical skills

Ability to:

  • Professionally handle confidential information

  • Learn, understand, and apply basic legal principles to particular sets of facts

  • Make sounds decisions under demanding conditions

Education and/or experience:

  • 3-5 years legal assistant experience preferred; (may consider candidates with less experience, and if hired, will start as Legal Secretary depending on experience)


We have it! Alliance Defending Freedom offers team members a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes major medical insurance, dental care, medical and dependent care reimbursement, paid disability, long-term care insurance, and life insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan with a generous company match. Work and life balance is important to the well-being of our team members. You will receive paid time off (PTO) that starts accruing from your hire date and 10 paid holidays per year.