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Legal Staff Paralegal in Washington, DC

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Company name

Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Legal Staff

Practice Area

Criminal Law

Years of Experience

1-2 yrs required


Washington, DC

Posted on

Mar 12,2018

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Paralegal / Investigator The candidate will assist in obtaining transcripts and various records through the courts, through Maryland Public Information Requests, trial attorneys, and other appropriate requests. Will coordinate with the CIU on document requests and document sharing. Summarize the contents of transcripts and other case-related documents. Organize all case-related records and files, ensuring that both paper files and electronic files/databases are thorough and up to date. Work in collaboration with MAIP/UBIPC in the screening and review of cases, which may include drafting memos and oral summaries. Conduct interviews of clients and/or witnesses at the direction of the appropriate member of the legal staff. Help prepare briefs for filings, which may include proofreading, cite-checking, and fact-checking, ensuring compliance with court rules. Assist in the preparation and service of subpoenas. Assist attorneys with scheduling legal visits and calls to Maryland prisons. Work to organize and evaluate files in exoneration cases to determine whether there are any common themes or players, something that can be utilized to enhance and streamline the case-screening process. Travel to Washington, D.C. once per week to meet with DC-based MAIP staff members about current cases and assignments. Some travel within Maryland to prisons, courthouses, and to interview witnesses. Provide details and reports of all work done to maintain compliance with requirements of the federal grant. Attend and participate in MAIP events. The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list. Additional tasks may be assigned from time to time, as the scope of the job may change as necessitated by organizational demands. Must have graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate required. Bachelor’s degree and/or previous experience working on criminal cases is preferred. Should have 1-2 years of work experience (preferably in a legal setting) is preferred. Should have superior skills with computers and software, and a keen ability to quickly learn and navigate various databases and reporting programs. Strong interpersonal, diplomacy, and communication (verbal & written) skills: ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds required. Application Deadline: 15, March, 2018.

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
American University, Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016