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Paralegal/Legal Associate

January 2017 

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Public Policy Litigation & Law

Washington, DC

Two-year position: Paralegal/Legal Associate Provide support for attorneys conducting reproductive rights litigation and policy work including: legal and factual research using Westlaw, academic resources, and the Internet; cite-checking and copy-editing briefs; assisting in production and service of filings; writing and editing non-legal documents describing developments in the area of reproductive rights law; and responding to requests for information. Perform various administrative tasks including: faxing, copying, filing, and assisting in travel and meeting arrangements.


A Bachelor’s degree; superior research, writing and editing skills (knowledge of Westlaw preferred but not required; we will train as needed); ability to work as part of a team as well as independently; ability to learn complex tasks and concepts quickly; excellent communication skills, including ability to accurately and succinctly impart knowledge and skills to others; attention to detail; initiative; resourcefulness; ability to juggle multiple tasks, prioritize, and maintain a sense of humor. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

This is a two-year rotating position. Typical past paralegals have been recent college graduates interested in gaining work experience before applying to law or graduate school or other public policy positions.

Organization Description: 

The Public Policy Litigation & Law Department of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) conducts impact litigation in state and federal courts across the country, and has been lead or co-counsel in most of the major reproductive rights cases of the past 30 years. PPFA also provides strategic legal advice on legislation being considered in Congress and state legislatures and on regulatory issues at the national, state, and local levels.

PPFA is the nation’s leading women’s health care provider, educator, and advocate, serving women, men, teens, and families. Our 50+ locally governed affiliates operate approximately 650 health centers, serving the diverse needs of each community. For the last 100 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and guarantee that safe and legal abortion services are available to women who need them. 


Approx. $50,000, plus comprehensive benefits.