Job Type

Full Time




New Orleans
United States




The Paralegal will assist in Southern Poverty Law Center’s Criminal Justice Reform Team’s efforts to (1) reform the juvenile, criminal justice, and/or immigration detention systems so they operate fairly and equitably; (2) ensure the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and (3) reduce the population of individuals detained and incarcerated in Louisiana.


This position will require a mastery of all components of litigation support. The successful candidate will be able to multi-task and maintain a high level of organization in a fast-paced environment; excel working both as a team member and independently on projects; demonstrate good written and oral communication skills; demonstrate resilience, creativity, and flexibility; and have a demonstrated ability to quickly learn and integrate new information and skills.


The Paralegal will also assist with research related to litigation/legal case development and/or the issues related to the general mission of the Center.


  • Assist attorneys with case management and support including substantial document management;
  • Conduct research related to litigation/legal case development (i.e. verify evidence and investigate facts of case including but not limited to searching news media, scholarly journals, Westlaw, Accurint, Pacer, and internet sources);
  • Prepare and organize information, notes, and research memos;
  • Assist with field investigations, discovery and trial preparation;
  • Prepare exhibits for depositions, hearings, and trial;
  • Maintain case files and manage case documents in paper files as well as in Time Matters and litigation management and review databases;
  • Maintain pleadings and correspondence files and handle client correspondence as needed;
  • Check legal forms and documents for accuracy;
  • Research court rules and procedures and communicate these to attorneys to ensure accuracy of filings and non-rejection by courts;
  • Draft and /or assist with preparation of legal documents for filing and service;
  • Communicate with witnesses, clients and others in person and over the phone as required;Summarize deposition transcripts, discovery documents and client records;
  • Handle settlement administration as needed;
  • Coordinate with court reporters and others to arrange for depositions;
  • Coordinate arrangement for service of subpoenas and summonses;
  • Assist with electronic filings of case pleadings;
  • Maintain docketing/calendaring of case deadlines;
  • Assist in drafting requests for public records/information, as well as analyzing and organizing responses to such requests;
  • Assist with training and administration of litigation software and legal research database use; and
  • Assist with special projects as needed.


  • A minimum of 5 years of paralegal or legal research experience required;
  • College degree or equivalent work experience;
  • Paralegal Certificate preferred;
  • Strong research skills required;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills required;
  • Excellent problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills required;
  • Excellent computer skills required; must be highly proficient in word processing, spreadsheet and database programs;
  • Knowledge of litigation software (i.e. TimeMatters, Summation, Escan-it) and legal & research databases (i.e. WestNext, Westlaw, Pacer preferred); and
  • Knowledge of filing procedures and requirements for various courts, including state, federal and courts of appeal, and experience researching court rules.  


Knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Commitment to a non-hierarchal approach to clients and a client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to work on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner;
  • Must have continual attention-to-detail in composing, typing, and proofing materials, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Strong organizational skills, follow-through, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team to develop new cases and legal initiatives;
  • Ability to work on several cases at once and take direction from several attorneys;
  • Understanding and sensitivity to issues client populations face;
  • Capacity to work around disturbing, and sometimes violent, information;
  • Ability to work well under pressure, including some evenings and weekends; and
  • Spanish language ability preferred but not required


Other Special Considerations: 

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.



The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of a person in this position.


An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity 

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.



Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree