July 16, 2021

Appellate Paralegal in Washington, D.C. or Chicago

The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center (MJC) seeks a highly motivated person to serve as an Appellate Paralegal. MJC is a public interest law firm that litigates high-impact civil rights and systemic reform cases in courts around the country. MJC’s Supreme Court and Appellate Program 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 Supreme Court and Appellate Program’s work. They will work closely with the Program’s Senior Research Specialist to manage both the administrative and research-support components of this position.

This is a permanent position, although MJC may also consider candidates for a separate two-year Appellate Paralegal position. 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. Work may begin remotely; however, when public health conditions permit, the paralegal will work in person.

The criminal legal system disproportionally harms people of color, people from low-income communities, people who were formerly incarcerated, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals. We strongly encourage people who identify within these and other communities underrepresented in the legal profession to apply. All applicants must have and be committed to the cultural competence required to work with clients and co-workers who come from different backgrounds and experiences.


· Bachelor’s degree 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;

· A close (if not obsessive) attention to detail and a commitment to completing tasks efficiently and thoroughly;

· Excellent writing and editing skills;

· Ability to work creatively and effectively as part of a team to develop new legal initiatives;

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience with legal research databases (Westlaw, LexisNexis and/or PACER) and willingness to learn internal programs;

· Prior experience related to criminal justice, appellate litigation, or other exposure to the legal system is a plus.


The Appellate Paralegal should be willing to manage a wide range of responsibilities, including:

· Paralegal tasks, including:

o Drafting simple legal documents;

o Coordinating and proofing appellate court filings, including formatting briefs, appendices, and exhibits according to court rules; and

o Checking citations for accuracy and formatting, according to Bluebook rules;

· Conducting research of case law, social science, and other areas as needed, and drafting detailed memoranda communicating the results of such research;

· Assisting attorneys in tracking developments in cases that present important civil rights and criminal justice issues;

· Assisting with the preparation for oral arguments in court;

· Assisting with social media, website, and other public relations needs;

· Corresponding as needed with clients and others by email or letter; and

· Maintaining discretion and awareness of professional responsibility to clients and confidential matters.

Location: Washington, D.C. or Chicago, IL. Preference may be given to candidates who are in or willing to relocate to Washington, D.C.

Deadline: Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by August 1, 2021. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The starting salary for this position is $46,000 to $55,000, depending on experience level, and includes an excellent benefits package. To apply, please submit by e-mail with the subject line “Appellate Paralegal” to dc@macarthurjustice.org:

· A cover letter addressing your experience relevant to the considerations above. The cover letter should also specify (1) whether the candidate is interested in being considered for a permanent position, two-year position or both and (2) whether the candidate is applying to work in Washington, D.C., Chicago, or either location;

· A resume; and

· Two references.

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.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references by e-mail with the subject line “Appellate Paralegal” to dc@macarthurjustice.org.