Paralegal

CAIR-NY is recruiting a part-time paralegal to support the Civil Rights Department. The paralegal will be responsible for a wide range of programmatic and administrative tasks to support and advance our litigation, advocacy, and public education efforts.

Responsibilities

  • Respond to requests for legal assistance and ensure timely responses to inquiries; utilize and maintain the intake database 
  • Maintain case files (including documents in document review software), attorney correspondence files, databases, litigation docket and calendars, and timekeeping system 
  • Provide litigation support to attorneys, including client and witness interviews as needed 
  • Conduct research for use in litigation documents and policy presentations, collaborate with other staff in preparing background memoranda and policy presentations on selected litigation and policy issues 
  • Respond to requests for legal assistance and ensure timely responses to inquiries, utilize and maintain the intake database 
  • Maintain case files (including documents in document review software), attorney correspondence files, databases, litigation docket and calendars, and timekeeping system 
  • Work jointly with interns and communicate routine and/or procedural guidance on projects assigned by managers 
  • Cite check, format, produce, and serve litigation documents such as briefs, motions, declarations, deposition summaries, discovery requests and responses, and correspondence 
  • Cite check and format materials including affidavits, Freedom of Information Act requests, reports, letters, and other documents 
  • Manage, organize, and prepare exhibits, evidence, correspondence, and other documents for depositions, trials, and other litigation proceedings 
  • Perform job-related special projects and other duties as assigned by the Legal Director and project staff 
  • Commitment to the CAIR-NY mission
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts 
  • Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.

All CAIR staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, and other office tasks.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree  and/or at least one year of paralegal or related experience is preferred 
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to racial and social justice 
  • Excellent research and writing skills, including internet research 
  • Must take initiative, be highly organized, detail oriented, and have strong interpersonal and time-management skills 
  • Able to multi-task, demonstrate grace under pressure, and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to work  independently and with a team 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, and familiar with other Microsoft Office programs including MS Excel, Outlook, Power Point and database software. 
  • Experience with Westlaw strongly preferred

Compensation

$20-25 hourly

To Apply  

Please submit (1) a cover letter discussing your interest in the position (1 page), (2) your resume, (3) a brief example of your writing (max 10 pages), and (4) the names and contact information of three references via email to Ahmed Mohamed at admin@ny.cair.com. The subject line of your email should include your first and last name and “Paralegal.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

CAIR-NY is an equal opportunity employer.

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