• Legal Assistant

We will accept applications for the position until it is filled.

Who we are:

The Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC.org) is a nonprofit organization that supports movements that seek to dismantle the political and economic structures at the root of social inequality and environmental destruction. We provide litigation, education, and legal and strategic resources to strengthen and embolden the success of those movements. Our motto is “Assert your rights, we’ve got your back.” We have provided pro bono activist defense to over 4,500 social, environmental, and climate justice activists, as well as providing free Know Your Rights and related trainings to over 10,500 people. Our offices are headquartered in Eugene, Oregon.


We are seeking a full-time legal assistant with a minimum of three years of experience who also has an environmental/ social justice movement orientation to work directly with three to five lawyers on activist criminal defense cases, plaintiff’s civil rights, and activist SLAPP defense cases. Strong organizational skills, trial preparation, and discovery management skills are essential for this position. The legal assistant will report to the Senior Attorney but will support all lawyers by maintaining file systems, drafting documents, assisting with local rule compliance for case filings, including e-filings, assisting with communications, maintaining a legal library, and more.

In addition, the legal assistant will be expected to contribute to our Dissent & Democracy program by helping to conduct public education trainings.

We are looking for a well-rounded activist legal assistant who brings hard work, initiative, commitment, and passion for our work, our clients, and the progressive movements we support and defend. The ideal candidate will have environmental, climate, and/or anti-capitalist and anti-racist movement background, as well as experience working on state and federal civil and criminal cases. This position is located in our Eugene, Oregon office.

Required Qualifications:

  • Three years minimum experience as a legal assistant in a law office setting
  • Strong litigation support skills, research and writing skills; file organization and management; excellent communication skills;
  • Able to meet deadlines, prioritize and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights, racial and climate justice, and environmental and animal rights;
  • Excellent diverse people skills, culturally appropriate, anti-racist, anti-oppression orientation; and
  • Strong team member desired.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaker strongly preferred
  • Experience in community organizing work and/or social justice activism
  • Experience with security culture and digital security
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services organization
  • Experience and/or willingness to learn and assist in organizational fundraising

Compensation and Benefits:

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and competitive public interest compensation.

  • Salary range starting at $30,000-35,000, commensurate with experience
  • Flexible work schedule (when not under litigation deadlines)
  • Generous holiday, vacation, and sick leave policies
  • Some professional dues paid by CLDC
  • Some benefits, including monthly healthcare reimbursement; professional development budget

Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position. We seek to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity in employment.

The CLDC will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

How To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating your interest or litigation experience
  • Two writing samples, ideally relevant legal memoranda, briefs, and/or pleadings
  • Three professional references and at least one environmental/social justice activist reference

Please send all materials in a single PDF to office[at]cldc.org– Subject: “[Your last name]—Legal Assistant.”

Please, no phone calls, hard copies, or drop-ins. If you’re having technical difficulties submitting your application or questions, please reach out to charles[at]cldc.org.

Download the position announcement here.