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ILLINOIS SENIOR PARALEGAL

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The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center seeks a talented and dedicated senior paralegal for its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. RSMJC is a public interest law firm that has litigated countless high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases. RSMJC is a national organization, with offices in St. Louis, New Orleans, Oxford, Mississippi, and D.C. The Illinois office seeks to advance prisoner, immigrant, community, and racial justice in Illinois and throughout the country through trial litigation. For more information about the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, please see: https://www.macarthurjustice.org/illinois/

Role and Responsibilities:

RSMJC is looking for a senior paralegal passionate about transformational justice and criminal legal system reform, de-incarceration, and trial work. The Senior Paralegal position is an exciting opportunity to be part of these important efforts. The successful candidate will perform a range of duties to support the Illinois office team’s trial work. The Senior Paralegal will also support, collaborate with, and assist in supervising the Illinois office paralegals. Specific responsibilities, paralegal tasks, including:

  • Drafting simple legal documents and templates;
  • Coordinating and proofing court filings, including formatting briefs, appendices, and exhibits according to court rules; and
  • Checking citations for accuracy and formatting, according to Bluebook rules;
  • Calculating deadlines and maintaining case calendars;
  • Preparing for and supporting lawyers in the presentation of evidence in jury and bench trials and other hearings;
  • In collaboration with the Illinois Office Director, supervising paralegals in their litigation tasks, including by ensuring effective case support and maintaining a team-oriented and collaborative approach to paralegal work;
  • Conducting research of case law, social science, and other areas as needed, and drafting memoranda communicating the results of such research;
  • Assisting RSMJC’s Communications team with social media, website, and other public relations needs related to the Illinois office;
  • Corresponding with clients and people seeking representation by email or letter, and conducting in-person client and witness visits in jails and prisons, as needed;
  • Working with law students enrolled in the RSMJC Civil Rights Litigation Clinic at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, as needed.

Experience and Qualifications

  • BA, AA, and/or paralegal certificate, as well as 2-3 years supervisory experience, required;
  • Prior experience as a trial-level paralegal, including experience filing pleadings in federal and state court, maintaining a litigation docket, managing and organizing large volumes of discovery, supporting clients, conducting trial preparation and supporting lawyers in jury and bench trials and hearings;
  • Comfortable working in detention centers and with people caught up in the criminal legal system;
  • Energetic self-starter with a desire to make change in the criminal legal system;
  • Ability to collaborate and to foster a team environment, a commitment to creating a working environment that is inclusive, equitable and welcoming, and a willingness to honor the diverse experiences and perspectives of MJC staff and clients;
  • Technological proficiency, including with Adobe Pro, Microsoft Office 365, and case management and trial presentation software;
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to follow through on assignments independently, to manage multiple projects at once, to work well under pressure, and to be flexible in the event of changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.

The criminal legal system disproportionally harms people of color, people from low-income communities, people who were formerly incarcerated, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. We strongly encourage people 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.

This is a permanent position. The successful candidate must be available to work full-time (40 hours per week). They should have the flexibility to occasionally work outside of normal business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Light travel may also be required depending on case needs.

LOCATION: Chicago, IL

COMPENSATION: The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package. The salary range for an experienced senior paralegal with supervisory experience is $60,000 to $70,000.

TO APPLY: Please submit the following by email to applications@macarthurjustice.org:

·      A cover letter addressing your experience relevant to the considerations above. 

·      A resume; and

·      Two references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until October 15, 2021.

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 Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center seeks a talented and dedicated senior paralegal for its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. RSMJC is a public interest law firm that has litigated countless high-impact civil rights and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

USD 60,000 - USD 70,000

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Chicago, IL
Associated Location
Chicago, IL, USA

How to Apply

Please submit:

·      A cover letter addressing your experience relevant to the considerations above. 

·      A resume; and

·      Two references.


Please submit:

·      A cover letter addressing your experience relevant to the considerations above. 

·      A resume; and

·      Two references.


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