Overview

Primary DutiesTCRP paralegals assist attorneys with all stages of case investigation and litigation, as well as with other administrative and office maintenance tasks. Litigation-related duties include: requesting public records and tracking requests, performing case opening and closing procedures; participating in client/witness outreach and interviews, including inside jails/prisons; organizing, maintaining and managing case files; drafting letters and simple legal filings; managing process service; reviewing memoranda of law and other legal documents; reviewing and coordinating discovery, and drafting discovery requests; compiling benchbooks; maintaining case calendars; tracking filing and response deadlines; ensuring compliance with local court rules; proofreading; helping with bar admissions; and assisting with preparation for all depositions, court proceedings. The CIR paralegal will support seven to eight attorneys in our Houston and Austin offices, and will work closely with our other programs paralegals in the Rio Grande Valley and in Dallas. All of our work is remote while our offices are closed due to COVID-19. Depending on your location the position may require sporadic travel to Austin and/or Houston when we resume travel.In addition, our paralegals are the go-to support staff for their Program Directors and for each office, generally. Paralegals are expected to offer proactive assistance to the attorneys in their office and remain open to evolving responsibilities. Administrative duties may include answering the general office telephone; greeting visitors; scheduling meetings; overseeing the general upkeep of the office; maintaining bar and court admissions; translating letters and other simple documents; and serving as the primary liaison to TCRP finance and operations staff.QualificationsAssociate degree in legal studies or paralegal certificate preferred, but not requiredAt least three years experience of substantive legal work as a paralegal or legal secretary in a busy and demanding law office environmentExcellent organizational skills, including document management and calendaringExceptional ability to multitasking, prioritize competing tasks, and to meet deadlinesInitiative; ability to identify next steps and pursue them; comfort with troubleshootingKeen attention to detail; diligence; punctualityHigh standard of professional and ethical conduct, integrity, and discretionExcellent interpersonal and communication skillsAbility to provide remote assistance to attorneys located in other officesOpenness to evolving responsibilities, and a positive, can-do attitudeProficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPointFamiliarity with the Google ecosystem (Google documents, Google Drive)Typing speed of at least 60 words per minuteKnowledge of Texas local, state and/or federal courtsPassion for civil rights and Texass historically disenfranchised communitiesFluency in Spanish language (spoken and written) preferred, but not requiredTracking

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