The Outreach Paralegal will be assigned to the LGBT Rights & Special Litigation practice group, the mission of which is (1) to engage in litigation that advances SPLC’s commitment to combatting hate; (2) to eliminate discrimination against the LGBT community, particularly in the Deep South; and (3) to engage in litigation that advances SPLC’s priorities not addressed by other practice groups.
The Outreach Paralegal – LGBT Rights & Special Litigation – will assist the Center’s attorneys with case management and support, conduct research, and organize information. He or she also will perform outreach to current and prospective clients and community organizations and assist with field investigations, discovery, and evidence preparation. Overnight travel is occasionally required.
• Manage and maintain routine client communication (by phone and in person);
• Perform case development, management, and support, including administrative tasks and substantial document management and review;
• Assist with court filings, including by preparing and cite-checking documents for filing;
• Develop and execute outreach strategies to current and prospective clients and community organizations;
• Perform outreach and community education;
• Conduct legal, social science, and factual research;
• Assist with management of evidence and materials obtained in discovery and assist in trial preparation;
• Handle settlement administration; and
• Participate in strategic planning and case and campaign selection and development.
Education and Related Work Experience:
• Fluency in Spanish desired but not required;
• College degree or equivalent work experience;
• Substantial experience working with disadvantaged and/or marginalized communities.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Initiative and 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 or campaigns at once and take direction from several attorneys;
• Strong communication and writing skills;
• Understanding and sensitivity to issues client populations face;
• Passion for social justice;
• Commitment to a non-hierarchal, client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to working on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner;
• Willingness to learn and use internal computer systems and databases; and
• Ability to cite check and prepare complex court filings, or a willingness to learn.
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.