Paralegal position – Washington Lawyers’ Committee

December 6, 2015

Background

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (“the Committee”) is a non-profit civil rights law firm that for more than 45 years has represented individuals and groups in a broad range of civil rights and related poverty issues impacting every group protected by our federal, state and local civil rights laws.  In addition to the attorneys, the paralegals serve a critical role in advancing the rights of our clients. The Committee seeks an intellectually curious individual committed to civil rights issues to fill this entry level position.  The start date is January 2016. 

Position

The person hired primarily will support the attorneys working on behalf of our fair housing and disability rights clients. This is a two-year position. The person hired must be willing to make a commitment to remain in the position for two years; until at least December 2017.

Responsibilities:

Committee paralegals are given significant responsibility and client contact.  Duties include: investigating, evaluating and analyzing claims of discrimination and requests for legal assistance; conducting interviews with potential plaintiffs and other witnesses; conducting legal and factual research on issues arising in the course of litigation; drafting memoranda, court documents, and correspondence; participating in all stages of litigation; preparing documents for filing in court; and providing other administrative support to the projects, including database and file management; responding to telephone, email, and web inquiries; and training and working with interns.  The paralegal also will engage in community outreach activities.

Qualifications

The position requires a Bachelor’s degree, outstanding organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, strong analytical capability, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest work.

Application

Interested persons should send an email to paralegalhiring@washlaw.org Subject: Paralegal Application of [Your Name] please attach a cover letter, resume, writing sample of five (5) or fewer pages, unofficial transcript, and three (3) references.  .

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee is an Equal Opportunity employer.  Minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of other disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.

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