Litigation Paralegal
International Rights Advocates - Washington, DC

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International Rights Advocates
(IRAdvocates) , a small human rights organization, seeks a full-time paralegal to assist attorneys in all phases of litigation. All cases are administered through the Washington, D.C. office of Conrad & Scherer, LLP. IRAdvocates and Conrad & Scherer are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Organization: International Rights Advocates promotes human rights and accountability through legal advocacy and capacity building. Working with local communities and organizations, we confront corporate, government and individual human rights abuses by supporting the litigation of landmark human rights cases in the United States and abroad, collaborating with organizational partners to expand human rights protections and build legal capacity, and sponsoring advocacy campaigns. As a key player in the development of human rights law in the U.S., International Rights Advocates is committed to enhancing the control communities have over their resources and lives, and ensuring access to truth, justice, and reparations.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The paralegal is responsible for performing a variety of duties to assist attorneys in all phases of litigation and appeal, including discovery, trial, post-trial and appellate phases. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Filings: Prepare and file pleadings, briefs, and other documents through electronic filing systems and/or manually at all court levels; conduct blue book and citation checks, proofread and edit pleadings; ensure compliance with local rules of procedure for filings; communicate with clerk's offices when needed.
  • Discovery: organize case files; assist in the preparation of discovery requests and responses; review and organize defendants' discovery responses; organize incoming and outgoing document production; conduct document review; prepare witness materials for depositions; assist in reviewing documents for privilege and preparing privilege logs.
  • Case development: conduct fact research, communicate with clients and witnesses; review testimony from depositions and declarations; examine client files obtained from field work; translate client statements and supporting documents.
  • Hearings and Trial: prepare materials for conferences and binders for hearings; assemble exhibits and required documents for trials; coordinate trial details with attorneys and legal assistant.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Paralegal Certification required
  • Fluent in Spanish required
  • Minimum two years of litigation paralegal experience required
  • Experience filing in Federal and State trial and appellate courts required
  • Blue Booking and cite checking experience required
  • Summation (and/or other document management) experience preferred
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and handle numerous projects in a timely and efficient manner
  • Fast and efficient learner
  • Ability to work moderate overtime.
  • Experience working with and relating to indigenous peoples in various regions of the world, including the Global South, especially concerning human rights

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