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DIRECTOR - ST. LOUIS OFFICE

DESCRIPTION

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is accepting applications for the position of Director of RSMJC’s office in St. Louis, Missouri. RSMJC is a public interest law firm that was founded in 1985 to fight through litigation for the civil and human rights of vulnerable persons in the criminal justice system. RSMJC has offices in Chicago, New Orleans, Oxford, Mississippi and Washington, DC, in addition to St. Louis. The St. Louis office (http://stl.macarthurjusticecenter.org/index.html) has an active docket of high-impact civil rights litigation, including class action challenges to the indigent criminal defense system and to the procedures for revoking parole. Although RSMJC’s St. Louis office was opened just one year ago, RSMJC is already recognized as a powerful force for change in the Missouri criminal justice system.  

The position entails management of an active docket of civil rights cases and selection of cases for the docket; supervision of the attorneys and staff in the office; first chair litigation of complex civil rights cases; and interactions with the media, peer organizations and the public regarding the work of the office. Qualifications for the position include membership in the Missouri bar (or the ability to become licensed to practice law in Missouri); at least ten years of experience conducting civil litigation, including civil rights litigation; strong leadership, interpersonal and communications skills; the proven ability to handle first chair responsibilities in complex civil rights matters; and a passionate commitment to the rights of the vulnerable in the criminal justice system.

The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to eraena-hart@law.northwestern.edu Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. RSMJC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.

LOCATION: St. Louis, Missouri

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Managerial

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

J.D.

HOW TO APPLY

Investigator/Paralegal (IP)

Our Investigator/Paralegals (IP) perform litigation support, as well as outreach and meetings with current and prospective clients and witnesses. The IP assists with field investigations, discovery, and evidence preparation.  They also assist the Center’s attorneys with case management and support, conduct research, and organize information.

The primary responsibility for this Investigator/Paralegal position is to interview clients and witnesses, and assist in document review and management, in the class action against Orleans Parish Prison, Jones v. Gusman.  The IP will be required to travel for work in other parts of Louisiana.   In addition to the Jones litigation the IP will be asked to assist in support of the MacArthur Justice Center’s other litigation against various governmental agencies.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Monitoring conditions inside Orleans Parish Prison, interviewing imprisoned clients and documenting their experiences
  • Building high-quality, trusting relationships with clients, many of whom have experienced severe trauma or suffer from mental illness
  • Drafting detailed memoranda reflecting fact-finding and reviewing it with litigation team members
  • Note and document signs and symptoms of mental illness and intellectual disability for evaluation by mental health experts.
  • Review and management of documents in complex litigation, using case management software tools and written memoranda
  • Conducting litigation fact-finding, including creative problem solving, gathering documents, and conducting detailed witness interviews
  • Willingness to travel and work long hours, including nights and weekends, as needed

LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but MacArthur seeks to fill this position as soon as possible.

The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to admin@macarthurjustice.org with “Investigator/Paralegal Application” in the subject line.