Under general supervision, the Paralegal will assist SPLC’s Children’s Rights attorneys with education and children’s mental health case management and support, court filings, field investigations, discovery, trial preparation and support, file organization and management, training and other special projects, and administrative tasks. The Paralegal will also assist with research related to litigation/legal case development and/or the issues related to the general mission of SPLC.
• 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 electronic document management systems;
• Maintain pleadings and correspondence files and handle client correspondence as needed;
• Check legal forms and documents for accuracy;
• 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;
• Handle settlement administration as needed;
• Summarize deposition transcripts, discovery documents, and client records;
• 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;
• Assist with training and administration of litigation software and legal research database use;
• Assist with administrative tasks; and
• Assist with special projects as needed.
Education and Related Work Experience:
• A minimum of 3 years of paralegal, legal-research, or comparable experience required;
• Two-year or four-year college degree;
• 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; and
• Knowledge of litigation software (i.e.. TimeMatters, Summation, Escan-it) and legal and research databases (ie. WestNext, Westlaw, Pacer) preferred;
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Commitment to a social justice-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, high-stress work environment;
• Strong organizational skills, follow-through, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
• Ability to work effectively and cohesively 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; and
• Understanding and sensitivity to issues that client populations face.
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.