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Director - St. Louis Office

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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

Appellate Paralegal 

The MacArthur Justice Center seeks a highly motivated person to serve as an Appellate Paralegal in its Washington, D.C. office. The MacArthur Justice Center is a public interest law firm that litigates high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country. MJC’s Appellate Project seeks to advance criminal and social justice, with a focus on appellate litigation before the Supreme Court of the United States, the federal courts of appeal, and state courts of appeal.

The Appellate Paralegal position is an exciting opportunity to be part of this important effort. The successful candidate will perform a range of duties to support the Appellate Project’s work. He or she will work closely with the Project’s Operations Manager/Appellate Research Specialist to manage both the administrative and research-support components of this position.

Applicants should be prepared to commit to this position for at least two years, and would ideally continue longer. The successful candidate must be available to work full-time (40 hours per week), and should have the flexibility to work outside of normal business hours on occasion.

Qualifications

  • BA required. Advanced degree such as MA, MSW, or Paralegal Certificate preferred;
  • Energetic self-starter with a desire to make change in the justice system across the country;
  • 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 and editing skills;
  • A close (if not obsessive) attention to detail and a commitment to completing tasks quickly and thoroughly;
  • Ability to work creatively and effectively as part of a team to develop new legal initiatives;
  • Experience using computer systems and databases and willingness to learn internal programs;
  • A strong interest in learning about the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts;
  • Prior experience related to criminal justice, the Supreme Court, or other exposure to the legal system is a plus.

Responsibilities:

The Appellate 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.

Administrative Responsibilities include:

  • Serving as public relations and community liaison by answering phones and otherwise communicating with persons seeking assistance or information about the firm;
  • Corresponding as needed with clients and others by email or letter;
  • Maintaining discretion and awareness of professional responsibility to clients and confidential matters;
  • Administrative work for the attorney who manages the D.C. office, including coordinating the payment of invoices, the reimbursement of attorney expenses, and attorney scheduling/travel;
  • Maintaining office equipment including copier and facsimile machines.

Advocacy/Litigation-Support Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating and proofing Supreme Court and other appellate court filings.
  • Paralegal tasks, including drafting simple legal documents, checking citations for accuracy and formatting, and light legal research;
  • Formatting briefs, appendices, and exhibits according to court rules;
  • Conducting research of case law, social science, and other areas as needed, and drafting detailed memoranda communicating the results of such research;
  • Systematically tracking criminal justice issues that are determined to be the office’s priorities;
  • Assisting with the preparation for oral arguments in court.
  • Assisting with social media, website, and other public relations needs;

Location: Washington, D.C.

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

The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package. 

The MacArthur Justice Center 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.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by e-mail to dc@macarthurjustice.org.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED:

4-year degree

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.

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.