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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.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Managerial

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

J.D.

HOW TO APPLY

Civil Rights Litigation Paralegal

DESCRIPTION

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (RSMJC) is accepting applications for a full-time Civil Rights Litigation Paralegal with its Saint Louis, Missouri office. RSMJC is a public interest law firm that has litigated countless high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country for over 30 years.

The Civil Rights Litigation Paralegal position provides an exciting opportunity to be part of RSMJC’s important work. The Saint Louis office, working in collaboration with four other RSMJC offices, seeks to advance criminal, juvenile, and racial justice in the Midwest generally, and the St. Louis region in particular, through civil litigation initiatives. To date, our work has included defending court-involved youth, challenging problematic municipal court practices, protecting the rights of protestors, demanding appropriate medical care for inmates, fighting death sentences, and calling for constitutionally-compliant parole grant and revocation hearings. For more information about our new office, visit our website: http://www.stl.macarthurjusticecenter.org.

The Civil Rights Litigation Paralegal will perform a range of duties to support the office’s advocacy and trial work. Such tasks will include assisting with client intake, field investigations, discovery, and evidence preparation. It will also involve other case management and litigation support including research and responsibility for building and maintaining systems of organization. 

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPECTATIONS:

  • BA required, Paralegal Certificate or advanced degree such as JD, MA, or MSW preferred;
  • Energetic self-starter with a passion for criminal justice reform and a desire to effectuate change in the St. Louis region, and Missouri more broadly;
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to follow-through on assignments independently, to manage several projects at once, and to be flexible in the event of changing priorities and deadlines;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills;
  • Very close attention to detail and a commitment to completing tasks quickly and thoroughly;
  • Ability to work creatively and effectively as part of a cohesive team to develop new legal initiatives;
  • Experience using computer systems and databases and willingness to learn internal programs;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with clients and others in the community;
  • Dedication to zealous advocacy and building client-centered relationships;
  • Experience using computer systems and databases and willingness to learn internal programs; and
  • Meticulous record and time keeping skills.
  • Prior experience working on social justice campaigns and/or with justice-system involved adults and juveniles a plus.

Responsibilities will include:

The Civil Rights Litigation Paralegal should be willing to manage a wide range of responsibilities, in both an administrative capacity and in support of the office’s advocacy/litigation efforts. Specific work tasks may include:

  • Serving as public relations and community liaison by answering phones and otherwise communicating with persons seeking assistance or information about the firm;
  • Visiting prisons, jails, juvenile detention centers and other facilities of confinement;
  • Researching, investigating and documenting potential case facts, including interviewing potential witnesses;
  • Investigating and developing mitigation evidence in juvenile life without parole and other serious cases;
  • Drafting detailed memoranda reflecting fact-finding and presenting to litigation team;
  • Tracking down, obtaining, and analyzing documents;
  • Preparing and organizing research, notes, and legal documents;
  • Managing and maintaining routine client communication (by phone, in person, and in writing);
  • Drafting simple legal documents, checking citations for accuracy and formatting, and light legal research;
  • Proofing and formatting court filings according to local rules;
  • Strategic and organizational planning, including development and maintenance of systems such as coding, filing, and retrieval of electronic documents and data relating to cases;
  • Case management and other support including document management and review;
  • Management of conflicts check database;
  • Discovery information management, trial preparation, and in court support work;
  • Systematically tracking criminal justice issues that are determined to be the office’s priorities;
  • Willingness to travel and work long hours, including outside of normal business hours, on occasion, as needed.

Location: Saint Louis, Missouri

To Apply: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until hiring complete, but MJC seeks to fill this position as soon as possible. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume or CV by e-mail to admin-stl@macarthurjustice.org.

The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package.

RSMJC is committed to equity and equal opportunity 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.

Full Time Summer Law Clerk (Paid)

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (RSMJC) is accepting applications for full-time summer law clerks in its Saint Louis, Missouri office. RSMJC is a public interest law firm that has litigated countless high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country for over 30 years.

The Saint Louis office, working in collaboration with four other RSMJC offices, seeks to advance criminal, juvenile, and racial justice in the Midwest generally, and the St. Louis region in particular, through civil litigation initiatives. To date, our work has included defending court-involved youth, challenging problematic municipal court practices, protecting the rights of protestors, demanding appropriate medical care for inmates, fighting death sentences, and calling for constitutionallycompliant parole grant and revocation hearings. For more information about our new office, visit the office website at: http://www.stl.macarthurjusticecenter.org.

Law clerks perform a range of duties to support the office’s trial work, advocacy, and outreach. Such tasks may include assisting with client intake in jails, prisons, and the community, field investigations, legal research, discovery support, and evidence preparation.

Qualifications/Expectations:

  • JD student in good standing - prefer advanced standing students but will consider 1Ls;
  • Energetic self-starter with a passion for criminal justice reform and a desire to effectuate change in the St. Louis region;
  • Strong research, writing, and organizational skills;
  • Ability to follow-through on assignments independently;
  • Maturity and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines as needed;
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to completing tasks quickly and thoroughly;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with clients and others in the community;
  • Ability to investigate facts and effectively communicate findings to litigation team;
  • Dedication to zealous advocacy and building client-centered relationships;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with computer systems and databases;
  • Meticulous record and time keeping skills;
  • Prior experience working on social justice campaigns and/or with justice-system involved adults and juveniles a plus;

Location: Saint Louis, Missouri

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until hiring complete. However, preference will be given to those who apply before February 23, 2018. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to admin-stl@macarthurjustice.org.