Outreach Paralegal - Criminal Justice Reform

Job Type

Full Time




New Orleans
United States



The Outreach 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 enforcement 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.

The Outreach Paralegal will perform extensive outreach to current and prospective clients, often in correctional and/or detention facilities, and will interact with community organizations, perform field investigations and engage in advocacy. He or she will also assist the Center’s attorneys with case management and support, conduct research, and organize information related to litigation, case development, and legislation. The position will involve substantial overnight travel within the state and potential travel throughout the Southeast.


  • Work with a team of attorneys and advocates on multi-strategy campaigns;
  • Manage and maintain routine client communication (written, by phone and in person);
  • Travel to jails, prisons, and/or detention facilities around the state of Louisiana and interview individuals for purposes of potential or actual representation in litigation;
  • Monitor conditions inside juvenile and adult facilities (interviewing incarcerated people and documenting their experiences);
  • Develop, manage, and support cases including document management and review;
  • Mobilize and support community partners and stakeholders to advocate for policy changes affecting their communities;
  • Research, investigate, and document facts of case to include conducting detailed intake interviews;
  • Track down and obtain documents;
  • Conduct legal, social science, and factual research;
  • Prepare and organize research, notes, and legal documents;
  • Perform discovery information management and trial preparation; and,

Willingness to travel and work long hours, including weekends, as needed.


Education and Related Work Experience:

  • At least one year of experience working with and for imprisoned immigrants, juveniles or adults;
  • At least one year of experience with community advocacy, mobilizing or outreach;
  • College degree or relevant life or work experience.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred by not required.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively and efficiently 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 campaigns and legal initiatives;
  • Ability to work on several campaigns at once in conjunction with Center attorneys;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Commitment and passion for social justice;
  • Understanding and sensitivity to issues client populations face;
  • Commitment to a non-hierarchical, client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to work on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner;
  • Experience working with diverse groups of partners; and,
  • Willingness to learn and use internal computer systems and databases.

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