The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative—to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.
LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education, and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.
LDF seeks a Paralegal to assist LDF attorneys with litigation, education, advocacy, policy projects, and other advocacy-related activities. The Paralegal will report to the Paralegal Manager.
- Organizes, monitors, and updates hard copy and electronic case files, including correspondences, pleadings, discovery materials, deposition transcripts and exhibits, hearing transcripts, pre-trial and trial exhibits, and briefs;
- Searches for and retrieves documents;
- Proofreads documents, including correspondence, advocacy and education materials, press releases, and website information;
- Cite-check, bluebook, quote-check, shepardize, and proofread documents, including motions, briefs, testimonies, and law review articles;
- Assist attorneys with admissions to federal and state courts;
- Files and serves court documents, including ECF filings;
- Conducts Lexis, Westlaw, Concordance, other legal database research, and fact research, as directed;
- Gathers and organizes exhibits required for court filings, hearings, depositions, client meetings, and conferences;
- Coordinates with staff, court reporters, printers, and vendors regarding transcription services, printing, scanning, and duplication of documents;
- Coordinates with attorneys, clients, the IT Department, and vendors regarding the retrieval, processing, review, and production of documents, including electronically stored information;
- Reviews production and case files for responsiveness in preparation for discovery responses;
- Coordinates attorney-client calls and visits;
- Assists attorneys at hearings, oral arguments, depositions, and trials;
- Performs tasks, such as filing, copying, scanning, indexing, and mailing of documents, as needed;
- Assists attorneys with communications with clients, class members, and interested community stakeholders regarding LDF advocacy matters;
- Coordinates and supports community meetings and other community outreach activities;
- Provides other myriad support to attorneys in their litigation and other advocacy matters; and
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- A college degree with relevant work experience; paralegal legal experience is preferred;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Excellent computer skills—familiarity with Excel, PowerPoint, and database systems a plus;
- Strong research, writing, and analytical skills;
- Willingness to learn and develop new skills and expertise;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Accuracy and attention to detail;
- Ability to work independently and with a team;
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, highly-stressful environment;
- Ability to prioritize workload;
- Ability to complete tasks accurately and in a timely manner;
- Willingness to work overtime, including occasional weekends;
- High motivation;
- Commitment to racial justice and civil rights; and
- Willingness to travel.
This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.
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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.