Full Time

Racial Justice Program Paralegal at ACLU

Fields: law, civil rights, racial justice, social science, stata

Location: NYC, New York

About the Organization: The Racial Justice Program (RJP) attorneys and staff work on a broad range of racial justice issues, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, education and economic justice. In the area of criminal justice, we are dedicated to reducing the unwarranted and disproportionate targeting, arrest and incarceration of people of color and jailing indigent people for the inability to pay court fines and fees. In the area of education, we seek to ensure that all children have access to quality education, regardless of race or ethnicity. Our economic justice work focuses on eliminating barriers to fair borrowing and eliminating policies and practices that criminalize poverty. Specifically, we have filed civil challenges relating to the inadequate provision of indigent criminal and juvenile defense, racial profiling and disparate educational opportunities. We have also advocated against the racially disproportionate imposition of incarceration and school discipline among people of color as well as economic policies which have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, such as predatory lending, seizure of property through unfair asset forfeiture polices and jailing indigent people because of their inability to pay court fines.

About the Position: The Paralegal will be an integral part of the RJP team, will attend regular staff meetings and will have the opportunity to learn about strategies for protecting the rights of communities of color. Duties include (see link for full list):
• Respond to individuals who contact the Program for legal assistance
• Cite check, edit, format, produce and serve litigation documents; Draft declarations, prepare deposition summaries, review and organize documents
• Conduct internet and other factual research and collaborating with other project staff in preparing background memoranda on selected policy issues
• Collect and analyze social science and other research for use in litigation and policy presentations.
• Provide support to the attorneys with client and witness interviews
• Act as liaison with clients, co-counsel and partner organizations; Act as liaison between staff attorneys and legal administrative assistant to disseminate work assigned attorneys and provide routine and/or procedural guidance regarding work assignments

Special Requirements/Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree is required; or one year of paralegal or related experience is preferred
• Excellent research, including internet research, and writing skills
• Familiarity with database software. Experience with Westlaw and STATA strongly preferred
• Experience with the maintenance of websites, layout and electronic posting of content is strongly preferred
• Experience in word processing functions including creating tables of contents, tables of authorities, mail merges, and creating/inserting macros

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Estimated Salary: $53,474 + benefits

Deadline: Open until filled

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