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CareersPacific Legal Foundation is only as good as the talent we employ. Knowing this, our hiring philosophy is simple: we seek to hire the best talent available.

We’re constantly and aggressively on the lookout for employees who live and breathe our core values:

  • Positive and Optimistic: We seek positive change, confident that the principles of individualism and liberty will prevail over time. We work in a spirit of goodwill.
  • Strategic: We create opportunities and plan each new case and initiative with our objectives in mind.
  • Collaborative: We work together within the organization and seek cooperation with others who share our goals.
  • Principled: We act consistently with our belief that individual liberty is the key to the pursuit of happiness and a thriving society.
  • Determined: We forge ahead knowing that energy and persistence are necessary to succeed.
  • Committed to Excellence: We strive to produce the highest caliber work in all we do.
  • Just: We treat everyone with respect and fairness.

If you’re passionate about one or more of our job opportunities, and you’re enthusiastic about working alongside colleagues who share these values, then we encourage you to apply to be a part of the PLF team.

Legal Secretary

Pacific Legal Foundation—the nation’s first and most successful public interest law firm dedicated to vindicating individual liberty—seeks a fiercely detail-oriented and deadline-driven Legal Secretary to partner with our team of attorneys to execute important constitutional litigation.

PLF Legal Secretaries are responsible for production and quality control of our documents. PLF’s briefs are recognized for their quality in all courts including the U.S. Supreme Court, and our secretaries play an important role in maintaining that reputation.

The following skills and attributes are required for this role:

  • Impeccable spelling, punctuation, and knowledge of grammar
  • Heightened attention to detail and a deep disdain for inaccuracy
  • The ability to handle multiple assignments, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A self-starter’s mentality and a can-do attitude—can tackle the job at hand with minimal supervision and unafraid to ask questions when needed
  • A team-oriented, customer service mindset—ready and willing to assist others
  • Flexibility, dependability, helpfulness, and positivity
  • Willingness to take direction and humility to accept suggestions for improvement; sound judgment about when to consult others before proceeding
  • A high degree of comfort with technology
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and basic computer tasks

The ideal candidate will additionally possess:

  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in MS Word, including legal tools such as Tables of Authorities
  • Experience with document software such as Adobe Acrobat and/or legal office software such as Westlaw
  • Experience with local rules and filing requirements in federal and state courts and working knowledge of civil procedure
  • A paralegal certificate or legal secretary training


Pacific Legal Foundation identifies and litigates important legal issues to set landmark precedent that will benefit Americans nationwide. Using strategic and principled litigation, communications, and research, we battle for freedom in the nation’s courts and the court of public opinion. Our attorneys have eleven victories before the U.S. Supreme Court—a record unmatched by anyone in the liberty movement—plus an additional case currently before the High Court with a decision pending. Simply put, we know how to get cases to the Supreme Court and we know how to win.

As a national nonprofit organization, PLF has offices in Sacramento, CA; Arlington, VA; Palm Beach Gardens, FL; and Seattle, WA. We prefer this role based in our Sacramento office, but outstanding candidates may be able to work from one of our other locations.

This is a full-time, permanent position. PLF is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality talent available nationwide, and we offer a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, medical and dental insurance, and employer-paid retirement savings. We take work-life balance seriously through our generous paid leave and flextime policies. We have a flexible, collaborative, positive, and collegial work environment. We take pride in investing in your future and encourage internal advancement. PLF is the place for someone principled, tenacious, and determined to succeed in positively shaping the future of our country and restoring real limits on government power.


Applicants must submit a résumé and cover letter. The résumé should have the usual: your professional experience, as well as your academic credentials. The cover letter should explain why PLF is the place for you, why you want to fight for liberty, and what distinguishes you from typical applicants.

Materials should be emailed to Dawn Gonzales, Director of Human Resources, at Include “Legal Secretary-[Your Name]” in the subject line. In the email body, please provide your salary requirement.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.