Paralegal/Client Advocates

The application period for the posting below is now closed. Please check back at a later date for information on next year's paralegal application process.


The Center for Appellate Litigation seeks to hire three bilingual paralegals/ client advocates to assist the 40+ public defenders on staff. CAL is a non-profit law firm in New York City that represents indigent criminal defendants in all stages of post-conviction proceedings, including appeals, habeas corpus petitions, and re-sentencing proceedings.

The paralegals will provide litigation support for attorneys on a variety of projects. These responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Preparing and writing submissions to the New York Board of Parole arguing for clients’ release from prison;
  • Advocating for improvement of clients’ conditions while incarcerated, including medical and mental health treatment and claims of harassment;
  • Providing dedicated support for CAL’s Immigrant Justice Project, including case management, records intake, writing affidavits, and written advocacy on behalf of non-citizen clients;
  • Interpreting conversations and translating written documents for attorneys and Spanish-speaking clients;

• Visiting clients in prisons across New York State;

• Assisting attorneys with drafting briefs seeking reductions in sentences; and

• Providing litigation support.

Candidates should have: excellent organizational skills; strong written and oral communication competency; patience and persistence with bureaucracy; and the ability to empathize with and the desire to work on behalf of people who have been convicted of serious offenses. There is significant client contact.

Fluency in Spanish is required. A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is necessary.

Because we believe that a diverse work force is essential to helping our clients through differing perspectives, CAL particularly welcomes applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, and transgender people. CAL is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

Salary starts at $42,000, depending on experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Starting date: July 2018.

Interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter to Kathleen Martinez at