Position: Paralegal, Fulltime, with periodic evenings and weekends required
Areas of Practice: Immigration, Policing, Prisoners’ Rights, Employment, Religious Accommodations, Other Civil Rights
Location: Atlanta, Georgia; Hybrid
Reports to: Legal Director
Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Start Date: ASAP
About CAIR Georgia
CAIR-Georgia is the Georgia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest civil liberties and advocacy group serving the Muslim community. Our mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil liberties, and empower Muslims in America to advocate for themselves. From restrictions placed on Muslims to practice their religion, to profiling and discrimination stemming from a lack of understanding of Islam, the need for CAIR in Georgia is great. The proof is reflected in the dramatic increase in civil rights cases by 250% from 2007 to 2013. CAIR-Georgia strives to ensure that Muslims in Georgia enjoy the same protections that all Americans have.
The Georgia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR Georgia) seeks a Paralegal with a demonstrated commitment to and interest in public interest advocacy and serving diverse communities to join our Legal Department. The paralegal will assist attorneys and advocates working on our immigration and civil rights dockets. They will report to the Legal Director.
- Conduct intakes and manage paper and electronic case files
- Assist attorneys and advocates with legal casework and other administrative tasks related to direct client representation such as: drafting client correspondence; drafting and filing court pleadings; conducting legal research using Westlaw and drafting memoranda as assigned; compiling reporting data for community and funder reports; assisting clients in gathering information and documents for their legal cases
- Assist attorneys with litigation related tasks, such as:
- contacting clients, lawyers, witnesses, experts, and court personnel to schedule interviews, meetings, depositions and trials;
- providing ongoing administrative support for pending litigation, including document review, hearing and motion preparation,
- calendaring impending deadlines,
- exhibit preparation, and formatting litigation materials for use in court;
- conducting legal and factual research and gathering relevant information to a case;
- drafting legal documents, including correspondence and pleadings, such as subpoenas, interrogatories, deposition notices, pretrial orders;
- preparing outgoing correspondence including packages and certified mail;
- corresponding with clients keeping them appraised of any developments with their cases;
- scheduling appointments, receiving and making telephone calls, drafting and typing office memos, obtaining detailed fact summaries of cases, and other administrative duties;
- and, assisting the attorneys at depositions, hearings, trials, and other court appearances
- Perform administrative tasks such as creating files, records maintenance, scheduling meetings, mailings, copying, filing, shredding, closing files, etc.
- Coordinate and lead citizenship clinics and immigration workshops
- Support the writing and compiling of the production of reports and publications about CAIR’s legal work
- Assisting with calendaring and scheduling internal and external meetings
- Organize and assist with clerkship recruitment
All CAIR Georgia staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, fundraising, and other office tasks.
- Bachelor’s degree required, paralegal degree or certification preferred
- Prior experience in a law firm or other legal environment; litigation and/or immigration experience preferred
- Familiarity with general office and litigation software; experience with PracticePanther, MS Office (including OneDrive), and Basecamp preferred
- Ability to handle multiple concurrent assignments and meet deadlines; must be able to work well both independently and in a team environment
- Familiarity with local, state, and federal filing rules, elementary legal procedures, and legal terminology
- Strong written and verbal English communication skills
- Ability to communicate in language other than English is a plus but not required; Afghan, Arabic, and African languages preferred
- A strong commitment to civil rights issues facing the Muslim community and CAIR’s mission.
Compensation and Benefits
- $46,000 – $50,000 DOE
- Generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave policies
- Reimbursement for health care coverage
Interested candidates should apply via email to [email protected], and include the following as PDF attachments:
- Cover letter addressing your interest in the position, relevant experience, and particular interest and/or experience in civil rights issues as they affect the Muslim community
- Resume summarizing your education, qualifications, and experience, including any relevant community-grounded advocacy or experience
- Legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)
- Three professional references and their contact information (email and phone)
Please indicate “2022 Paralegal” in the subject line.