Legal Assistant/Paralegal

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Clean Air Task Force

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20 days ago

Position Title: Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Type: Full-time position

Location: Preference for the Boston area, with flexibility to work remotely


Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a nonprofit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. This is accomplished through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector. CATF is highly respected for its deep expertise and research on energy and industrial systems and potential strategies, technologies, and policies that can radically shrink their impact on the planet's atmosphere. Our team of 100+ experts and advocates (and global network of subject matter experts and civil society partners) turns this research and knowledge into action by designing and enacting public policies that drive toward zero emissions. We also support policies and work directly with private industry to innovate in technology to make the path to zero emissions swift and affordable. CATF is headquartered in Boston, and has offices in Washington, D.C. and Brussels with staff working virtually around world.


This full-time staff person will provide administrative and litigation support services for CATF's six-attorney Legal team. Responsibilities (listed below) will range from creating and maintaining CATF's digital legal files, to working with the team on client communications, keeping track of litigation and administrative deadlines, and supporting CATF-wide initiatives. We are looking for a positive team player who has a genuine interest and background in the work we do. Some prior experience working in support of a litigation or legal team would be a bonus.

Key Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Creating, organizing, and maintaining case files and contacts, including maintaining a full online system for locating the Legal team's current and past work.
  • Participating in legal team teleconference and video calls, and other case- or program-specific meetings where relevant to assigned cases and as directed by Legal team members.
  • Tracking and calendaring deadlines for administrative rulemakings, court cases, and internal reviews for the Legal team.
  • Tracking dockets and issues relevant to the work of the Legal team, including monitoring the Federal Register, tracking court dockets, agency websites, media outlets, and other sites as requested by Legal team members.
  • Basic editing of documents for filing, including proof-reading, cite checking, formatting, producing tables of contents and authorities, and collecting and assembling exhibits.
  • Communicating with agency and court personnel and filing and service of paper and electronic copies of documents with agency dockets and courts.
  • Processing and tracking internal legal topic updates and other internal administrative documentation, such as a CATF client list, as requested by Legal team members.
  • Assisting CATF's Communications team as needed in their efforts to communicate the Legal team's work, and reviewing outward-facing content for consistency and accuracy.
  • Conducting factual research to provide background on potential areas of legal engagement using academic sources, legal documents, and prior data and analysis conducted by CATF experts in the relevant field of study.
  • Compiling and summarizing caselaw, subsequent history, and legislative records for attorneys as needed.
  • Opportunity to investigate potential areas for CATF engagement and to further environmental education through seminars, hearings, and conferences.


  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with a concentration in environmental studies, or the equivalent demonstrated commitment to environmental work, including interest in climate change, air quality, the energy system, and environmental justice.
  • Can-do, friendly attitude, willing to take on both challenging and interesting research and more mundane basic administrative support tasks, with the demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team, including with remote staff.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Suite (Teams, Word, and Powerpoint) and Adobe Acrobat; familiarity with PACER, LEXIS, federal agency, and court websites, and are a plus.
  • Excellent research and writing skills, including a strong command of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. A familiarity with legal bibliographic form (the “Blue Book”) is desirable.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and high standards for performance.
  • The availability to occasionally work overtime on evenings and/or weekends.

Compensation and Location:

This is a full-time position. CATF offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.


Please submit a resume, cover letter referencing the position title, and contact information for two to three professional and/or academic references.

CATF provides equal employment opportunities.