Full-Time Litigation Support Fellow (Paralegal/Investigator)
Civil Rights Corps is seeking a Litigation Support Fellow (Investigator/Paralegal) to join our team and work towards a legal system that promotes equality and freedom. Fellows work collaboratively with case teams in support of complex civil rights litigation in federal and state courts. Their work varies and pulls on the skills of an investigator and paralegal, and will often involve working closely with and supporting local organizers and their campaigns. They are a crucial part of our impact litigation and advocacy challenging mass human caging and a range of other injustices within the criminal legal system. This is an entry-level two-year position at CRC.
Job duties include:
● Working collaboratively with case teams on fact development by conducting research, public records requests, on-the-ground investigation, interviews of witnesses and clients, and related tasks;
● Providing case management and litigation support by: proofreading and cite-checking briefs; filing pleadings; managing litigation calendars and case files; submitting records requests and reviewing subsequent responses; assisting with discovery review and production; organizing large quantities of documents by creating summaries, charts, or data analysis; and a variety of other case support duties;
● Conducting analyses of facts, records, and data as well as working with attorneys and other members of the legal team to integrate this information into case preparation;
● Supporting storytelling campaigns related to our cases, including by drafting op-eds, political education materials, and other written content, and tracking relevant media coverage;
● Developing and maintaining relationships with clients, witnesses, community partners, organizers, coalition members, and legal allies.
Some travel will be required, consistent with case needs.
The ideal Fellow is passionate about social justice, hard-working, a fast learner, proactive, able to juggle multiple tasks, and able to work well in a collaborative environment. This is an entry-level two-year position. Specific qualifications we are looking for include:
● Demonstrated commitment to the mission, purpose, and values of CRC, including an unwillingness to accept things as they are;
● Demonstrated ability to work well in teams;
● Highly organized and diligent work ethic;
● Ability to understand and navigate issues of identity, power and privilege with clients, partners, and colleagues;
● Lived experience with, or experience working with people who are directly impacted by, systems of oppression. This may include experience with the criminal legal system, policing, the child “welfare” or family regulation system, and immigration enforcement.
● Care and respect for people who are system-involved;
● Proven ability to take initiative, establish priorities, work independently, and achieve objectives with minimal supervision;
● Strong analytical, writing, and research skills;
● Comfort with information management systems, particularly Everlaw and Relativity, is a plus;
● Data analysis skills are a plus;
● Fluency in verbal and written Spanish is a plus.
How to ApplyThis is a full-time position beginning in June 2024, but a sooner start date would be ideal if the candidate is available; preference will be given to candidates based in or willing to relocate to Washington, D.C., but remote candidates will be considered. The Fellow will receive excellent benefits, including full health care coverage, generous retirement benefits, unlimited paid time off, public transportation, and relocation benefits. United Civil Rights Workers, the CRC union, represents this position. The position will be paid a competitive salary commensurate with experience. The beginning salary for this position is currently $51,000. The position is also eligible for overtime pay. Application Requirements Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to Civil Rights Corps. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; we guarantee consideration for applications received by February 2, 2024. . Materials should be addressed to email@example.com. Please include your name and “Litigation Support Fellow” in the subject line. Civil Rights Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We greatly value a diverse workforce and management team and an inclusive culture. Civil Rights Corps is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients and staff.
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