The ACLU of Massachusetts, the state’s leading civil liberties advocate, has an immediate opportunity for an exceptionally organized paralegal to join our legal department and provide assistance with cases, our cooperating attorney program, legal resources line, and other administrative duties.
If you have strong database, interpersonal, and administrative skills, the ability to exercise discretion regarding legal matters, and can communicate clearly and emphatically with those seeking legal assistance, we would love to hear from you. Someone who works well with colleagues and others on teams will excel in this role, and some flexibility for occasional work outside of the standard 9-5 schedule is desirable.
Essential Duties: Legal Department Matters
- Maintain a working list of ACLUM legal department matters, describing the nature of each matter, its status, and next steps. Generate regular reports about these matters to ACLUM’s staff and Boards of Directors.
- As backup to the Legal Administrative Assistant, prepare and execute legal filings, including but not limited to complaints, briefs, motions, court forms, declarations, exhibits, and discovery documents.
- Work with Legal Administrative Assistant to maintain primarily electronic case files including pleadings, correspondence, discovery, and other materials.
- Conduct factual and policy research and investigation.
Essential Duties: Cooperating Attorney Program
- Manage and organize ACLUM relationships with cooperating law firms and pro bono coordinators, in order to recruit and maintain an excellent group of cooperating attorneys and to track relationships and agreements with those attorneys.
- Coordinate requests for cooperating attorney assistance from ACLUM, across all ACLUM departments and programs, to cooperating firms.
- Organize occasional cooperating attorney trainings and events.
Essential Duties: Legal Resource Requests
- Assist the intake attorney with screening and responding to requests for assistance.
- Maintain intake records and database.
- Hire, train, and supervise interns and volunteers to handle requests for assistance.
- Generate regular reports on intakes and the resolution thereof.
Essential Duties: Other Responsibilities
- Perform other administrative duties, research, or client interactions as directed by the SMA, the Legal Director or designee.
- Backstop the legal Administrative Assistant as required.
Experience and Attributes
- A commitment to diversity and inclusion. Respect for differences in race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
- Reliable team player with discretion and strong interpersonal skills
- Strong belief in the ACLU’s work and mission, and in preserving and defending the civil rights and individual liberties guaranteed by the US and Massachusetts Constitution and laws.
- Ability to work with data management systems, Microsoft Office suite, Westlaw, and other programs and platforms common to law offices.
- Highly organized with ability to meet deadlines.
- A Bachelor's degree or Paralegal Certificate plus two to three years of litigation or commensurate experience.
- Familiarity with legal terminology and with filing procedures and requirements for various courts, including state, federal and courts of appeal, and experience researching court rules.
- Fluency in Spanish is desirable.
For immediate consideration please forward resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACLU of Massachusetts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LBGTQ community to apply.