Job Details

Legal & Community Engagement Coordinator

Company name

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Jul 07, 2021

Valid Through

Oct 20, 2021

Posted on

Jun 15, 2021

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required


Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Legal & Community Engagement Coordinator
The candidate will join the legal department and report directly to the legal director and staff attorneys, but also works closely with the Community Engagement Manager and team, particularly with scheduling of legal observer training and deployments. Assists in the recruitment and supervision of volunteers assisting with the intake process. Work in the Milwaukee office most days, but some remote work is possible. Will have the following duties: Reviewing, sorting and prioritizing incoming legal inquiries, including case questionnaire forms, letters, emails, and, when necessary, telephone inquiries. Entering basic information on all inquiries into the legal database; preparing brief written summaries of all inquiries, identifying potential civil rights or civil liberties issues raised, and applying established criteria to evaluate whether inquiries fall within the ACLU-WI’s mission and current priorities. The coordinator may supervise interns or other volunteers performing these functions. Making recommendations on the disposition of inquiries and preparing written responses to inquiries using standard response letters modified to reflect the individual inquiries. Supervising interns or other volunteers performing these functions with respect to cases falling outside the company’s mission or priorities, but for cases with genuine potential to raise civil liberties or civil rights issues, the Coordinator makes recommendations and prepares responses for review by the legal director and staff attorneys. Identifying and maintaining referral resources for legal and social services and fact sheets for those seeking information on civil liberties issues. Conducting limited factual investigation and preliminary legal research to help evaluate inquiries for legal merit and appropriateness for impact litigation under the direction of the legal director and staff attorneys. Providing support to the legal director, staff attorneys, and volunteer attorneys on cases in litigation. This may include client contact, contact with volunteer attorneys, coordinating responses to discovery requests, organizing case files and discovery, filing and serving court papers (both electronic filing and paper filing, where necessary), and other assigned tasks. Assisting with Community Engagement and Advocacy campaigns and projects as needed under the supervision of Community Engagement staff. Working with volunteers and community groups to schedule and coordinate training for legal observers and responding to requests from organizations seeking legal observers for public demonstrations. Helping to recruit lawyers to volunteer to represent individuals arrested or ticketed in mass protest events and to match lawyers to people needing representation under the supervision of Legal and Community Engagement staff. Assisting other staff in responding to general inquiries from the public about civil rights and civil liberties issues. Working with other departments as needed. Assisting with mailings and events, handling phones and mail-in absence of other staff, and assisting with special projects.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should preferably have training or experience as a paralegal, legal assistant, legal secretary, or related occupation. Must have experience with or ability to learn court filing systems, including electronic filing systems. A demonstrated commitment, through the previous professional, volunteer, or lived experience, to civil rights and civil liberties is ideal. Should have familiarity with and appreciation for the ethical obligations of lawyers, including maintaining client confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest, and observing the limits of competence of non-attorney staff in dealing with clients and potential clients (g., not giving legal advice, not promising legal representation, etc.); with the use legal practice management software; and with legal writing and formatting. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, for responding to legal inquiries from members of the public are needed. Should preferably have the following abilities: to plan and manage time and work independently. Ability to recognize when to seek input from supervisors; to work well with coworkers in a small office setting; to work with volunteers. Fluency in languages other than English spoken widely in Wisconsin is a plus. Willingness and ability to work full time, primarily in our Milwaukee office.

Additional info

Submit a Resume and Cover letter, explaining the qualifications for this particular position and why the candidate is interested in the position. Include three professional references.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin .
207 E Buffalo St
UNIT 325
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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