Southern Poverty Law Center – Montgomery, AL
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit legal and educational organization based in Montgomery, Alabama, seeks a paralegal to join our litigation and advocacy work focused in the Deep South. The paralegal will mainly support our LGBT and Economic Justice Projects.
The LGBT Rights Project litigates some of the most compelling cases in the country. We currently represent victims of fraudulent “conversion therapy” practices in New Jersey, a child born with an intersex condition and required to undergo needless sex-reassignment surgery by the State of South Carolina, a lesbian high-school student standing up to small-town school administrators who told her they don’t want a “dyke” in their school, and a widower seeking to overturn Alabama’s refusal to recognize his marriage to his late husband. The Economic Justice Project is advancing, among other priorities, access to basic healthcare for the most disadvantaged and an end to modern debtors’ prisons.
Paralegal LGBT Rights Economic Justice Projects
The paralegal will work collaboratively in a fast-pasted practice by assisting attorneys with case management and support including:
- drafting legal memos, correspondence, and routine case filings;
- proofreading, legal cite checking, and expertly formatting legal documents and tables;
- maintaining written and oral communications with witnesses, clients and co-counsel;
- summarizing deposition transcripts, discovery documents and client records;
- conducting legal and factual research employing a variety of databases including Westlaw and PACER;
- mastering and providing training on litigation software and legal research and document databases;
- researching court rules;
- organizing and maintaining case files and documents in databases;
- filing and serving case documents;
- preparing and coordinating service of subpoenas and summonses;
- managing substantial aspects of discovery including document organization and productions often in coordination with co-counsel;
- providing trial support such as organizing and preparing exhibits and interfacing with court personnel;
- coordinating with court reporters and others to arrange for depositions;
- administering settlement implementation; and
- assisting with other projects as needed.
Applicants should have a strong commitment to advancing the rights of LGBT and economically disadvantaged people with excellent writing, analytical, research, and communication skills together with strong computer skills including with word processing, spreadsheets, and various document management databases. Attention to detail and effective organizational skills are needed together with an ability to work collaboratively. This position requires consistent follow-through and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines with an ability to work on several cases at once and take direction from several attorneys. Effective problem solving and interpersonal skills are required.
Applicants should have a college degree and at least two years of relevant experience. Paralegal certification and Spanish proficiency is welcome. Some travel may be required as well as extended and weekend hours, at times.
This position is based in our central office in Montgomery, Alabama. SPLC will pay reasonable relocation costs. We offer compensation that is competitive for public interest jobs, depending upon experience, and excellent benefits. Please apply by submitting your cover letter and resume and three references as one document to: https://home.eease.com/recruit/?id=11531451
We may ask applicants to participate in a writing assessment, as well. This position is available immediately and we are now accepting applications.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.
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