The candidate will assist with research related to litigation, case development and/or projects related to the mission of the Center. Assist attorneys with case management and support including substantial document management; Conduct research related to litigation/legal case development, i.e. verify evidence and investigate facts of case including, but not limited to, searching news media, scholarly journals, Westlaw Edge, Accurint, PACER, and internet sources; Manage litigation support projects including other team members as necessary. Prepare and organize information, notes, and research memos. Assist with field investigations, discovery and trial preparation. Prepare exhibits for depositions, hearings, and trial. Maintain case files and manage case documents in matter management and litigation management and review databases. Maintain pleadings and correspondence files and handle client correspondence as needed. Check legal forms and documents for accuracy. Research court rules and procedures and communicate these to attorneys to ensure accuracy of filings and non-rejection by courts. Draft and /or assist with preparation of legal documents for filing and service. Communicate with witnesses, clients and others in person and over the phone as required. Handle settlement administration as needed. Summarize deposition transcripts, discovery documents and client records. Coordinate with court reporters and others to arrange for depositions. Coordinate arrangement for service of subpoenas and summonses. Assist with electronic filings of case pleadings. Maintain docketing/calendaring of case deadlines. Assist in drafting requests for public records/information, as well as analyzing and organizing responses to such requests. Assist with training and administration of litigation software and legal research database use. Assist with special projects as needed. Other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a minimum of 3 years of paralegal or legal research experience required. Paralegal Certificate desired. Excellent computer skills required; must be highly proficient in word processing, spreadsheet and database programs. Knowledge of litigation software (i.e. document and time management software, document review platforms, e-discovery processing software) and legal and research databases (i.e., Westlaw Edge and PACER preferred). Knowledge of filing procedures and requirements for various courts, including state, federal and appellate courts, and experience researching courts. High school diploma or GED. Must have continual attention-to-detail in composing, typing, and proofing materials, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines; Ability to manage litigation support projects, cases and support multiple team members as necessary. Commitment to a non-hierarchal approach to clients and a client-centered approach to advocacy and ability to work on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner.
The Southern Poverty Law Center
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Atlanta, GA 30317