Overview

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is excited to recruit a positive, motivated, balanced, well-organized individual to serve as Paralegal on the Criminal Injustice Programs team in one of our Texas offices. Our new Paralegal will report directly to TCRPs Criminal Injustice Program Director and work closely with our attorneys and across the organization to assist in a variety of paralegal, administrative support, and office management tasks to advance equality and justice in Texas. Detailed position duties are below.To apply, please submit your application materials here. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The position will close after thirty days. Legal professionals who are not certified paralegals but who have significant experience with legal administrative and secretarial duties will be considered.About TCRP and the Criminal Injustice Reform ProgramWe are Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We use our tools of litigation and legal advocacy to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas and we partner with communities across the state to serve the rising movement for social justice. We undertake our work with a vision of a Texas in which all communities can thrive with dignity, justice and without fear.The Criminal Injustice Reform program at the TCRP strives to remedy the injustices of Texas’s criminal legal system for people suffering inside and outside of jails and prisons. With an incarcerated population of approximately 150,000, Texas locks up more people than any other state with vast racial disparities. TCRP seeks to dismantle the drivers of mass incarceration and mass entanglement with the criminal system. We challenge unfair policing, prosecutorial, judicial, probation/parole, surveillance, and for-profit practices. We promote a humane, dignified, anti-racist approach to law, order, safety and punishment. We hold stakeholders accountable to Texas communities. Our work focuses on the most harmful practices and on the most impacted Texans. Together with partners, using litigation and other advocacy tools, often thinking outside the box and operating within an intersectional framework, we aim to achieve comprehensive reform of all aspects of the states criminal legal system from the front to the back ends.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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