California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation seeks a Legal Secretary

to join our Labor & Civil Rights Litigation Unit.


Location: Sacramento, California

Position Start Date: Immediately


California’s rural populations experience a dramatic justice gap. The COVID-19 pandemic further aggravated the precarious economic and housing situation of mixed-status families. Unique among legal aid organizations, CRLAF represents clients regardless of their immigration status, and focuses on class action cases that assist hundreds of tenants and employees at a time.


CRLAF represents farmworkers and other low-wage rural workers and their families in landlord-tenant disputes and employment matters.   



Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Legal Secretary will draft legal documents, file, maintain records, and perform a variety of clerical and paralegal duties. 


Primary Responsibilities:  

  • Prepare, file, and arrange service for all legal correspondence, petitions, pleadings, motions and discovery;

  • Maintain computer and hard copy files;

  • Ensure that legal requirements and deadlines are met;

  • Arrange for court reporters and interpreters as needed;

  • Draft monthly reports of grant activity by staff;

  • Assist with preparation and drafting of outreach materials;

  • Assist with client communication, intakes, and legal referrals as directed by supervisor;

  • Sort and distribute mail;

  • Sign for deliveries and notify personnel of deliveries; and

  • Perform other normal law office duties as assigned.



  • One year of experience as a legal secretary, preferably with litigation experience;

  • Internet skills and knowledge of computer software, including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel;

  • Detail oriented; excellent written communication skills;

  • Ability to work collaboratively with all CRLAF staff, clients and community organizations;

  • Prior experience managing a multi-location organization;

  • Ability to work with diverse clients;

  • Experience working with social justice organizations and/or communities;

  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.



Compensation is based on a public interest salary scale. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid holidays; vacation; and sick leave.

Temporary COVID-19 Remote Work:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CRLAF team members are primarily working remotely and under detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure. Though reopening our local offices is an evolving plan, we anticipate remaining mostly remote throughout all of 2021. All employees are expected to be available to travel to CRLAF offices and service locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories.


Application Information: Please email resume and cover letter to Claudia Guzman at cguzman@crlaf.org. For questions, please call (916) 446-7904 ext. 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We believe everyone has something important to contribute. Respecting individual differences is an integral part of our culture and we endeavor to make our differences work for us to achieve our mission.

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