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Appellate Paralegal

Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center


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February 8, 2021
February 1, 2021

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (RSMJC) seeks a highly motivated person to serve as an Appellate Paralegal. RSMJC is a public interest law firm that litigates high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country. RSMJC’s Supreme Court and Appellate Program seeks to advance criminal and social justice, with a focus on appellate litigation before the Supreme Court of the United States, the federal courts of appeal, and state courts of appeal. For more information about RSMJC and its work, visit: http://www.macarthurjusticecenter.org/index.html.

This position is funded for two years, and we expect the successful applicant to begin work in February 2021. Work would almost certainly begin remotely. When public health conditions permit, the paralegal would work in RSMJC’s Washington, D.C. or Chicago Office.

The paralegal’s work would focus on litigation regarding conditions of confinement claims brought by prisoners and pretrial detainees in state and federal appellate courts across the country. The successful candidate will work closely with the Project’s Senior Research Specialist to manage both the administrative and research-support components of this position.

Applicants should be prepared to commit to this position for the full two years. The successful candidate must be available to work full-time (40 hours per week), and should have the flexibility to work outside of normal business hours on occasion.

Qualifications

-BA required.

-Energetic self-starter with a desire to make change in the justice system across the country;

-Strong organizational skills, including the ability to follow-through on assignments independently, to manage several projects at once, and to be flexible in the event of changing priorities and deadlines.

-Excellent writing and editing skills;

-A close (if not obsessive) attention to detail and a commitment to completing tasks quickly and thoroughly;

-Ability to work creatively and effectively as part of a team to develop new legal initiatives;

-Experience using computer systems and databases and willingness to learn internal programs;

-Prior experience related to criminal justice, appellate litigation, or other exposure to the legal system is a plus.

Responsibilities:

The Appellate Paralegal should be willing to manage a wide range of responsibilities, including:

-Paralegal tasks, including:

• Drafting simple legal documents;

• Coordinating and proofing appellate court filings, including formatting briefs, appendices, and exhibits according to court rules; and

• Checking citations for accuracy and formatting, according to Bluebook rules

-Conducting research of case law, social science, and other areas as needed, and drafting detailed memoranda communicating the results of such research;

-Systematically tracking criminal justice issues that are determined to be the office’s priorities;

-Assisting with the preparation for oral arguments in court;

-Assisting with social media, website, and other public relations needs;

-Corresponding as needed with clients and others by email or letter; and

-Maintaining discretion and awareness of professional responsibility to clients and confidential matters.

Location: Washington, D.C. or Chicago, IL

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but MJC seeks to fill this position as soon as possible for a February 2021 start date.

The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by e-mail to dc@macarthurjustice.org.

The MacArthur Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.

The criminal legal system disproportionally harms people of color, people from low-income communities, the formerly-incarcerated, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. We strongly encourage those who identify within these and other communities underrepresented in the legal profession to apply. All applicants must have and be committed to the cultural competence required to work with clients and co-workers who come from different backgrounds and experiences. People with experience in community activism and/or organizing are also strongly encouraged to apply.

The MacArthur Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by e-mail to dc@macarthurjustice.org.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL:

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:

4-year degree

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (RSMJC) seeks a highly motivated person to serve as an Appellate Paralegal. RSMJC is a public interest law firm that litigates high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Contract
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Location

Chicago, IL

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