Position: Full time salaried
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Position Overview: Job responsibilities include assisting litigation attorneys with client intake and in-house litigation regarding civil rights and liberties, employment discrimination, law enforcement harassment, and public accommodations issues.
Time Commitment: Full-time with periodic evenings and weekends required for presentations and community outreach events.
The Paralegal will be primarily responsible for:
- Conducting client intake and keeping detailed and organized case logs;
- Maintaining schedules for litigation attorneys and making necessary travel arrangements;
- Contacting clients, lawyers, witnesses, experts, and court personnel to schedule interviews, meetings, depositions and trials;
- Providing ongoing administrative support for pending litigation, including document review, hearing and motion preparation, calendaring impending deadlines, exhibit preparation, and formatting litigation materials for use in court;
- Administrative tasks such as filing papers, maintaining accurate and thorough case records, answering telephone calls, and maintaining and organizing reference files;
- Conducting legal and factual research and gathering relevant information to a case;
- Drafting legal documents, including correspondence and pleadings, such as subpoenas, interrogatories, deposition notices, pretrial orders;
- Preparing outgoing correspondence including packages and certified mail;
- Corresponding with clients keeping them appraised of any developments with their cases;
- Scheduling appointments, receiving and making telephone calls, drafting and typing office memos, obtaining detailed fact summaries of cases, and other administrative duties; and,
- Assisting the attorneys at depositions, hearings, trials, and other court appearances.
- Bachelor’s degree; paralegal degree or certification preferred;
- Prior experience in a law firm or other legal environment; litigation and/or immigration experience preferred;
- Familiarity with general office and litigation software; experience with PracticePanther, MS Office (including OneDrive), and Basecamp preferred;
- Ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments and meet deadlines; must be able to work well both independently and in a team environment;
- Familiarity with local, state, and federal filing rules, elementary legal procedures, and legal terminology;
- Strong written and verbal English communication skills;
- Ability to communicate in language other than English is a plus; Arabic and/or Urdu preferred;
- An understanding of civil rights issues relating to American Muslims;
- A strong commitment to civil rights and CAIR’s mission.
This position will report to the Legal and Policy Director and to the Senior Paralegal.
Compensation: Compensation includes a salary and benefits commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications.
How to Apply
Application Deadline: Application accepted until the position is filled.