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Paralegal, Strategic Litigation Department Duties: Provides support to Strategic Litigation (SL) attorneys at the Innocence Project and is a vital part of the Strategic Litigation team. Actively engaged in department happenings, eager to learn all facets of the department and is expected to assist with case research, development and management, time-sensitive litigation matters, and should be detail oriented enough to organize and maintain litigation resources to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of both the Strategic Litigation departmentâ€™s cases and those of outside counsel who seek our assistance. Ideal for someone with a strong interest in law and a desire to attend law school or pursue other postgraduate education in a related field. Reports to the Director of Strategic Litigation and works closely with the Departmentâ€™s Staff Attorneys and the other paralegal. Preparing court documents for filing, proofreading briefs, reviewing citation format in briefs for completeness in accordance with Bluebook; copying, collating, binding documents and exhibits, preparing tables of contents and tables of authorities, reviewing and summarizing court rules. Arranging for litigation-related travel and related reimbursement. Responding to requests from outside counsel for materials and litigation support. Managing SL attorneys travel and speaking schedules. Monitor case acceptance by state high courts and track pending litigation in areas of interest to SL. Perform investigative and legal research in support of active SL cases. Evaluate and summarize the evidence in cases of potential interest and identify the potential to advance the unitâ€™s strategic goals. Track and record SL attorneysâ€™ litigation, consultation and trainings for quarterly reports to the Innocence Projectâ€™s Board of Directors. Draft SL listserv emails distributing exemplar briefs, judicial opinions and scientific literature. Assist in creating and maintaining litigation-related resources, such as expert witness CVs, their prior trial testimony and research, model briefs and motions. Collaborating with the SL attorneys, the Forensic Policy Advocate and members of the Science & Research Department to maintain a database of scientific literature.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors degree, preferably in natural or social science. 1-2 years' work experience is strongly preferred. Superior editing and proofreading skills required. Familiarity with Legal Search Engines such as Westlaw and LexisNexis strongly preferred. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize and effectively manage workload, and regularly meet deadlines. Commitment to social justice; particularly the mission of the Innocence Project. Strong interpersonal and written communication skills and flexibility to work with different personalities. Strong interest in the field of law. An ability and willingness to travel is preferred. Sense of humor a must.
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